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Township of Spring Garden, PA
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Spring Garden as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Open containers of alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 104, Art. I.
Dogs at large — See Ch. 110, Art. I.
Littering; tampering with public property — See Ch. 186.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 226.
Public entertainment — See Ch. 238.
Skateboards — See Ch. 255.
[Adopted 6-11-1975 by Ord. No. 51 (Ch. 16, Part 1, of the 1994 Code)]
[Amended 6-10-1987 by Ord. No. 205; 6-8-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-07[1]]
It shall be unlawful for any person to use for any purpose whatsoever the facilities of any playgrounds and parks owned or leased and maintained by Spring Garden Township or its Recreation Board, including Reservoir Park, between 6:00 p.m. (Eastern standard time) or 9:00 p.m. (daylight saving time), whatever time is prevailing, and 7:00 a.m. the following day. Subject, nevertheless, that the Recreation Board may alter park hours for authorized activities that would otherwise be prohibited hereunder.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance changed "Recreation Commission" to "Recreation Board" throughout this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to put, cast or deposit in any portion of any public park or playground any sort of filth, ashes, garbage, stones, sand or rubbish whatsoever.
[Amended 3-24-1976 by Ord. No. 63]
It shall be unlawful for any person to do or assist in the doing of any of the following enumerated acts in any of the playgrounds or public parks of the Township:
A. 
Throw any stones or missiles.
B. 
Utter loud or indecent language.
C. 
Gamble or play any game of chance.
D. 
Beg or solicit alms.
E. 
Solicit a contribution or subscription of money or other valuable thing.
F. 
Deposit any rubbish or refuse except in a container provided by the Township for such purposes.
G. 
Ride or drive any bicycle or vehicle except on areas specifically provided for that purpose.
H. 
Sell or offer or display for sale any goods, wares, merchandise, refreshments or anything whatsoever, except by authority granted by the Board of Commissioners or the Recreation Board.
I. 
Remove any seats, benches or playground equipment from their resting places.
J. 
Willfully deface or injure any building, seats, benches, trees, plants, shrubbery, grass, flowers or any other property pertaining to such parks or playgrounds or dig any holes or cut any sod.
K. 
Post any sign, banner, advertisement or circular.
L. 
Play any game or engage in any sport or contest except at places designated and set aside by the Township or the Recreation Board for such purposes.
M. 
Bring any dog into a public park or playground unless said dog is on leash.
N. 
It shall be unlawful to transport, possess or consume alcoholic beverages within or upon any of the playgrounds or parks of the said Township.
O. 
Smoke or use tobacco. Smoking shall include possession of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other lighted smoking equipment, and use of tobacco shall include smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco in any form.
[Added 8-12-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-04]
The restrictions as to use of the parks or playgrounds later than one hour after sunset shall not apply to areas specifically lighted for playground purposes after dark or when any recreational program is being operated by or with the authority of the Township or its Recreation Board.
[Amended 5-11-1988 by Ord. No. 224; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 94-5]
Anyone violating any of the provisions of this article, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.
[Adopted 10-13-1976 by Ord. No. 67 (Ch. 16, Part 2, of the 1994 Code)]
Any land areas located within Spring Garden Township owned by public utilities or other land areas owned by public or private corporations made available without charge to the public for recreational purposes shall be designated as "private parks open free for public use."
The opening for public use of private land by the York Water Company or other land areas opened by other public or private corporations shall be limited to those areas prescribed by the owners and designated by signs to be erected along the borders of the land open for recreational purposes.
The park area open for public use shall be so open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from October 1 to April 15, and the area open for public use shall be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from April 15 to October 1. Special hours for sledding may be permitted by the owner upon the park area by the posting of notices on the area on the days of such additional use. Any person on the premises between the closing and opening hours shall be considered a trespasser.
[Amended 7-10-1985 by Ord. No. 178]
It shall be unlawful for any person to do or assist in the doing of any of the following enumerated acts in the park area.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any visitors to the park area to use any driveways, private roads or gardens or walkways of residential property to obtain access to the park area, and anyone using such private property shall be considered a trespasser subject to the penalties hereinafter provided. Access to the park area shall only be obtained by direct access from a public street or roadways provided by the owner.
B. 
To operate motorized bicycles, trail bikes, mini bikes, motorcycles and snowmobiles or to ride horses within the park area at all times; four-wheeled licensed vehicles will be permitted to use only the paved roadway into the park area.
C. 
To throw any stones or missiles.
D. 
Utter loud or indecent language or play or bring portable amplified musical instruments or loudspeakers upon the park property.
E. 
Gamble or play any game of chance.
F. 
Beg or solicit alms.
G. 
Solicit a contribution or subscription of money or other valuable thing.
H. 
Deposit any rubbish or refuse except in a container provided by the park owner for such purposes, nor throw any litter on the residential property adjacent to the park area.
I. 
Walk any dog into the park area unless said dog is on a leash or under immediate control.
J. 
Sell or offer or display for sale any goods, wares, merchandise, refreshments or anything whatsoever.
K. 
Remove any seats, benches or other equipment from their resting places.
L. 
Willfully deface or injure any building, seats, benches, trees, plants, shrubbery, grass, flowers or any other property pertaining to such park area or dig any holes or cut any sod.
M. 
Post any sign, banner, advertisement or circular.
N. 
Play any game or engage in any sport or contest, except at places designated by the owner for such purposes, or such activities which would annoy other users of the park or adjacent landowners.
O. 
Bring or use alcoholic beverages or drugs of any nature whatsoever on the park area.
P. 
Engage in lewd conduct or solicit for prostitution, immoral or illegal purposes.
Q. 
Build fires except in approved containers in accordance with the Township Fire Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See now Ch. 120, Art. II, Uniform Construction Code, and Ch. 145, Art. IV, Adoption of Fire Prevention Code.
R. 
Group picnics shall not be held unless authorized by the owner pursuant to a request filed at the owner's office.
S. 
It shall be unlawful for any visitors to the park area to enter inside any area enclosed by fencing or any building on any property. Anyone so entering without prior written approval by the owner shall be considered a trespasser subject to the penalties hereinafter provided.
T. 
To swim in any water contained in any facility on the property, unless specifically designed for and open for swimming by the public.
U. 
To fly kites, model airplanes, frisbees, etc., within 300 feet of the open finished water basins.
V. 
On York Water Company property, sledding is restricted as follows:
(1) 
Sledding shall be limited to the area north of the open finished water basins.
(2) 
No sledding on the finished water embankments.
(3) 
Ramps of any sort may not be constructed.
(4) 
Proper sledding or tobogganing equipment should be used.
[Amended 5-11-1988 by Ord. No. 224; 12-14-1994 by Ord. No. 94-5]
Anyone violating any of the provisions of this article, after a hearing before a Magisterial District Judge, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $600 for each offense and, in default of said payment, shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.