[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of White 4-5-2001 (Ch. 80 of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter 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 White so as to ensure their orderly and safe use, to help assure their preservation, to minimize the inconvenience of those people whose properties border parks or recreation areas and to provide penalties for violators.
This chapter shall apply to all parks and recreation areas under the jurisdiction of the governing body of the Township of White, hereinafter called the "Township," unless expressly exempted.
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 chapter and all succeeding parks and recreation area ordinances, the provisions shall be construed as follows:
Any term in the singular shall include the plural.
Any term in the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
Any requirement or prohibition of any act shall respectively extend to and include the causing and precluding, directly or indirectly, of such act.
No provision hereof shall make unlawful any act necessarily performed by any officer, employee or volunteer of the Township in the line of duty, including members of a fire department, ambulance or rescue squad, 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.
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.
[Amended 2-12-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-1]
No person shall possess or consume alcoholic beverages, drugs or narcotics in any park or recreation area. No profanity or disorderly behavior shall be permitted within a Township park or recreation area.
No group of 100 or more persons shall use 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. Group use shall be limited to designated areas. Adult supervision of children's groups is required at all times. The White Township Youth Athletic Association (WTYAA) shall be exempt from the requirement of a group use permit for WTYAA-sponsored athletic events. No group use permit shall be issued for a date or time in direct conflict with a WTYAA-sponsored athletic event.
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 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. The owner or keeper of a domestic animal who deposits feces within a Township park or recreation area shall be responsible for the immediate and satisfactory cleanup and disposal of same.
No person shall leave bottles, broken glass, ashes, wastepaper, other rubbish or domestic animal feces within a Township park or recreation area, except in a properly provided receptacle designated for that purpose.
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 purposes by the Township, except, however, that oil or gasoline camp stoves may be used in picnic areas where other stoves are provided.
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 of and shooting with bow and arrow are prohibited in said areas.
No person shall molest, trap, capture, hold, remove, injure or kill any animal or disturb its habitat within a Township park or recreation area.
The prohibitions contained in this section shall not apply to properties located in the Township on which such activities are specifically permitted by applicable statute, regulation or ordinance.