[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-25-1972 (Ch. 146, Art. I, of the 1985 Code)]
It shall be unlawful for any person to enter upon any portion of lawn or other cultivated ground in any park within the Village when such action is prohibited by an official sign or other official notification.
No person shall encumber or obstruct any sidewalk or other areas of any park in the Village with any article or thing whatsoever without having first obtained permission therefor from the Commissioner of Parks and Public Property.
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, deposit or leave any paper or waste material whatsoever in or upon any part of the surface of any park or in or upon any park property or appurtenance therein, except in the receptacles provided in such park for that purpose.
[Amended 6-8-1993 by Ord. No. 8-93]
Except as otherwise set forth herein and/or elsewhere in the Ridgefield Park Village Code, no person, vendor or bidder in any public park within the Village of Ridgefield Park shall expose or offer for sale any articles, goods, wares or merchandise, nor shall he station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation and sale or display of any such articles, goods, wares or merchandise.
Written permission, however, may be given by the Commissioner of Parks and Public Property and/or the Board of Commissioners to permit the sale of goods, wares or merchandise within the public parks upon such conditions which permit the public to bid for the sale of such items in the same manner as bids are taken for other food concessions within the Village of Ridgefield Park.
Written permission also may be given by the Commissioner of Parks and Public Property for the sale of food and other items within the public parks at events held within the parks, such as firemen's parades, special patriotic events, football and baseball games, sporting activities or the special events within the public parks.
The Commissioner of Parks and Public Property shall exercise his discretion depending on the type of event and the size of the gathering in determining whether bids shall be taken for the operating of food concessions at these events within the public parks.
No person shall paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatsoever on any public lands or highways within any public parks or adjacent to parks except as permitted by the Board of Commissioners or its designated agents in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Added 6-8-1993 by Ord. No. 8-93]
No person shall mark, deface, disfigure, tamper with, displace or remove any trees, shrubs, plants, buildings, materials, public utility equipment, monuments, markers or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
No person shall fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms designated for public use in a safe and clean manner.
No person shall climb any tree or stand or sit on any monument, vases, planters, fountains, railings, fences or other property not designated or customarily used for such purpose.
[Added 6-8-1993 by Ord. No. 8-93]
The Commissioner of Parks and Public Property and/or his designees, the Department of Public Works and/or the Village Police Department shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this article.
[Added 6-8-1993 by Ord. No. 8-93]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall be punishable, upon conviction, as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty.
[Adopted 7-9-1974 (Ch. 146, Art. II, of the 1985 Code)]
No person shall remain, stay or loiter in a park, playground, public school facility or recreational area or place between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and sunrise, unless it is in connection with an affair being conducted on the aforementioned properties which shall extend beyond such hour, and then and in that event no person shall be permitted to remain on the aforesaid properties later than 30 minutes following the conclusion of said affair. Any person found on any of the aforesaid properties after the time limit set forth above shall be deemed to be a trespasser and shall be subject to prosecution in accordance with the statutes pertaining to trespassing.
No person shall drink, imbibe or consume any alcoholic beverages on any portion of any public grounds within the Village of Ridgefield Park, including but not limited to public parks, playgrounds, public school facilities or recreational areas and municipal grounds surrounding municipal facilities, unless a permit for the consumption of alcoholic beverages, as referred to in Subsections B and C, shall have first been obtained, as provided for in Subsection D.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 6-85]
The authorized officer of any organization, group or association having been granted a permit to use a Village facility may apply, on a form provided by the Village Clerk, for such alcohol consumption. Said application shall state the time and place of such occasion requested and such other information as the Village Clerk may require to identify the group, organization or association and its membership.
Such alcoholic beverage permit shall be valid only between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., prevailing time, for the location stated on said permit for one day only. Except, in his reasonable discretion, the Director in charge of parks and public property or the Mayor may extend the hour from 8:00 p.m. to a reasonable hour thereafter, taking into consideration the nature of the affair, the number of people attending, the purpose of the affair, the specific event or series of events for which a particular organization, group or association may wish to use a public facility.
Permits for outdoor consumption of alcoholic beverages in the areas described above may also be issued to individuals, families or informal groups upon application, in accordance with the rules and regulations issued by the Director of Parks and Public Property or the Mayor.
The issuance of permits for the consumption of alcoholic beverages as provided for herein is restricted to adults, as defined in state statutes, in accordance with state statutes controlling consumption of alcoholic beverages and in accordance with all regulations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission of the State of New Jersey.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages without a proper permit in the areas above described herein shall be deemed a violation of this article.
No person shall sell, buy, exchange, offer or solicit for sale any alcoholic beverages in the aforementioned areas except upon written permission of the Director of Parks and Public Property or Mayor. The granting of said permission shall be subject to the regulations of the Director of Parks and Public Property, the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park and/or the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and the laws of the State of New Jersey.
In the event that a party wishes to drink, imbibe or consume any alcoholic beverages on any portion of any properties which are public school facilities within the Village of Ridgefield Park, permission shall also be obtained from the Board of Education or its duly authorized representatives.
No person shall cut, injure, deface, remove or disturb any tree, shrub, bush or flower, building, fence, bench or other structure, apparatus, device or property, or write or paint on any building, fence, bench or other structure in the aforesaid areas, except under the direction or with the permission of the Director of Parks and Public Property or his authorized representatives or of the Director of Public Works or his authorized representatives or by direction of the Board of Education or its authorized representatives in the event it is public school property.
No person shall throw stones or other missiles that may inflict bodily harm or property damage in the aforesaid areas.
Betting or gambling in any form, as well as the maintaining of any gambling equipment or devices, shall be prohibited in any of the aforementioned areas unless permission is granted in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey and the applicable laws and regulations promulgated by the Director of Parks and Public Property or the Mayor or the Board of Education in the event that the property involved is public school property.
When a permit shall be required for a particular activity, as set forth in the above regulations, from any municipal agency, an application shall be filed by the applicant on a form provided by the particular agency. Said form shall be on file at the office of the Village Clerk, Department of Public Works or Board of Education.
[Added 2-23-2010 by Ord. No. 10-02; amended 6-28-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-04; 6-13-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-04]
All Village residents and nonresidents who wish to use the Village's fields, pavilions and cookhouse for private events, parties or activities must first obtain a permit from the Village Clerk's office. All such permits must be approved by either the Commissioner of Parks or the Superintendent of the Ridgefield Park Department of Public Works.
If the applicant seeking a permit is a for-profit group, a multiplier of 1.5 shall be applied to the rates set forth in Subsection B herein. All for-profit applicants must also show proof of insurance coverage as a condition of receiving a permit.
All Ridgefield Park volunteer services, organizations and schools are exempt from the requirements of this section, provided that a majority of the members of the volunteer service or organization are bona fide residents of the Village of Ridgefield Park.
In addition to all other fees set forth herein, all permit holders for Veterans Park shall be required to provide a security deposit in the amount of $250 as a condition of obtaining a key to the bathrooms. The permit holder shall be responsible for all damage that may occur from the time the bathroom key is picked up until the key is returned and the bathrooms are inspected by a Department of Public Works employee, even if such damage was not caused by the permit holder or the permit holder's guests. Should any damage be found, the deposit shall be forfeited and the permit holder shall be held liable for all damage in excess of the security deposit. If no damage is found, the security deposit shall be returned to the permit holder. Permit holders shall be required to sign a form approved by the Commissioner in charge of parks evidencing their acknowledgement of and agreement to these requirements.