Township of Liberty, NJ
Warren County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Adopted 4-5-1982]
[Amended 7-6-1987]
The purpose of this Article is to provide rules and regulations for the use, control and protection of and conduct in the parks and recreation areas of the Township of Liberty to ensure their orderly and safe use, to held assure their preservation, to minimize the inconvenience of those people whose properties border parks or recreation areas and to provide penalties for violaters.
A. 
This article shall apply in all parks, sports fields, including Free Union Ball Field and all other recreation areas under the jurisdiction of the Liberty Township Board of Recreation Commissioners and/or the Township of Liberty as provided by law or regulations of the State of New Jersey or any other governmental unit.
[Amended 6-7-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-4]
B. 
For the issuance of permits, temporary designations, authorizations, granting of approval and other actions, the approving governing agency shall be the Township Committee or its designee.
In the interpretation of this article and all succeeding park and recreation area ordinances, the provisions shall be construed as follows:
A. 
Any term in the singular shall include the plural.
B. 
Any term in the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
C. 
Any requirement or prohibition of any act shall respectively extend to and include the causing and precluding, directly or indirectly, of such act.
D. 
No provision hereof shall make unlawful any act necessarily performed by any officer or employee of the Township in line of duty or work as such or by any person, his agent or employee in the proper and necessary execution of the terms of any agreement with the Township.
E. 
Any act otherwise prohibited by law or local ordinance shall be lawful if performed under, by virtue of and strictly within the provisions of a permit so to do and the extent authorized thereby.
No person shall be permitted within a Township park or recreation area under the influence of intoxicating beverages, drugs or narcotics. No person shall possess or consume alcoholic beverages, drugs or narcotics in any park or recreation area.
A. 
No group of 100 or more persons shall use a Township park or recreation area without first having obtained a group use permit not later than 30 days before the proposed date of use. Group use shall be limited to designated areas. Adult supervision of children's groups is required at all times.
B. 
No persons shall call or hold any public meeting or give any concert or public entertainment of any kind within a Township park or recreation area without first having obtained written permission in advance from the Township no later than 30 (201 days before the proposed date of use.
C. 
No person shall use loudspeakers, public address systems or amplifiers within a Township park or recreation area without first having obtained written permission in advance from the Township no later than 30 days before the proposed date of use.
Dogs and cats must be kept on a leash not exceeding six feet in length. No domestic animal shall be permitted to run at large within any Township park or recreation area, either with or without a keeper, except in those areas designated for that purpose by the Township.
A. 
No person shall leave bottles, broken glass, ashes, wastepaper or other rubbish within a Township park or recreation area, except in a properly provided receptacle designated for that purpose.
B. 
No person shall throw or place any dirt, stones, rock, debris or foreign or waste substance upon any Township park or recreation area.
No person shall pick flowers, foliage, berries or fruit or cut, break, dig up or in any way mutilate or injure any tree, shrub, plant, fern, grass, turf, railing, seat, fence, structure or any other object within a Township park or recreation area.
No person shall build, light or maintain a fire within a Township park or recreation area, except in a camp stove or a fireplace provided, maintained or designated for such purpose by the Township, excepting, however, that oil or gasoline camp stoves may be used in picnic areas where other stoves are provided.
A. 
No person shall bear any weapon or firearm within or into a Township park or recreation area. Firearms shall not be carried nor be in possession of anyone in the Township park or recreation area. The carrying and shooting with bow and arrow are prohibited in said areas.
B. 
No person shall molest, trap, capture, hold, remove, injure or kill any animal or disturb its habitat within a Township park or recreation area.
A. 
No person shall engage in any commercial enterprise, including but not limited to the offering of services, the soliciting, selling or peddling of any liquids or edibles for human consumption or the distributing of circulars or the hawking, peddling or vending of any goods, wares or merchandise within a Township park or recreation area.
[Amended 7-6-1987]
B. 
No person shall cut, carve, paint, mark, paste or fasten on any tree, fence, wall, building, monument or other object within a Township park or recreation area any bill, advertisement or inscription; nor shall any person distribute, cast, throw or place any handbill, pamphlet, circular, advertisement or notice of any kind within a Township park or recreation area.
A. 
No person shall use any portion of a Township park or recreation area for purpose of way, except drives, parking areas, roadways, paths, walks and trails established for such purpose by the Township; and footpaths or walks established for pedestrian travel shall not be used for vehicular travel. The use of mopeds or motorized bikes will be limited to roadways, drives and parking areas established and opened to all other vehicular traffic.
B. 
No person shall drive or propel or cause to be driven or propelled along or over any road within a Township park or recreation area any vehicle at a rate of speed greater than 10 miles per hour.
C. 
No person shall drive or propel or cause to be driven or propelled along or over any road, parkway, drive or parking area within a Township park or recreation area any motor vehicle in a reckless manner or in a manner to endanger the life, limb or property of pedestrians or the drivers or occupants of other vehicles or any other person within a Township park or recreation area. The motor vehicle operator and the motor vehicle operated within a Township park or recreation area shall be in compliance with New Jersey State Motor Vehicle License and Safety Laws.
D. 
No person shall park or store any motorcar, motorcycle, bicycle, wagon or other vehicle within a Township park or recreation area. Loitering in or around parked vehicles is prohibited.
E. 
No person shall use or cause to be used roller blades, roller skates, skate boards or bicycles along or over any road, parkway, drive, pathways, footpaths, walks or parking area within a Township park or recreation area.
[Added 6-7-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-4]
No person shall, without permission, enter into or remain within a Township park or recreation area except during the posted hours the park or recreation area is open to the general public.
A. 
No person shall harass, obstruct, molest, assault or interfere with any person lawfully within a Township park or recreation area or shall resist, obstruct, molest, assault or interfere with any agent or officer of the Township.
B. 
No person shall remain within a Township park or recreation area who does not abide by conditions adopted and posted by the Township for the preservation of good order and the protection of property within a Township park or recreation area, and no person shall remain within a Township park or recreation area who does not abide by the instructions and directions of duly authorized officers or agents of the Township in the lawful performance of their duties. Any person directed by an agent or officer of the Township to leave a Township park or recreation area shall do so promptly and peaceably.
C. 
No person shall use threatening, abusive, boisterous, insulting or indecent language or gestures within a Township park or recreation area, nor shall any oration, harangue, public demonstration or any nuisance be made.
A. 
Permits for special events in parks and recreation areas shall be obtained by application to the approving governing agency in accordance with the following procedure:
(1) 
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application stating:
(a) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(b) 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
(c) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
(d) 
The park or portion thereof for which the permit is desired.
(e) 
Any other information which the approving governing agency shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
(f) 
Variances required from park rules and regulations.
(2) 
Standards for issuance of a use permit shall include the following findings:
(a) 
That the proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
(b) 
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
(c) 
That the proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
(d) 
That the proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Township.
(e) 
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use on the date and hour requested in the application.
B. 
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances as fully as though the same were inserted in said permits.
C. 
The person or persons to whom the permit is issued shall be liable for all loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued. A permittee may be required to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of such permitted activities in such amounts as may be, from time to time, determined prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
D. 
The governing agency shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.
[Amended 6-7-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-4]
A. 
The Liberty Township Board of Recreation Commissioners or its designees shall, in connection with its duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this article.
B. 
The Liberty Township Board of Recreation Commissioners or its designees shall have the authority to eject from the park or recreation area any person or persons acting in violation of this article.
C. 
The Liberty Township Board of Recreation Commissioners or its designees shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park or recreation area or used in violation of this article.
D. 
The Liberty Township Board of Recreation Commissioners or their designees, including the lifeguard on duty at the Municipal Beach, can eject any disorderly person after three verbal warnings. Any person receiving three ejections in one summer season shall be permanently barred from the Municipal Beach, notwithstanding any payment previously made for beach membership. There shall be no refunds or credits regarding beach membership fees as a result of a permanent exclusion from the Municipal Beach pursuant to this section.
[Amended 7-6-1987]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged park property or recreation area property and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days.