[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Jacobus as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-3-1975 by Ord. No. 67; amended in its entirety 7-1-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-1 (Ch. 16, Part 1, of the 1984 Code of Ordinances)]
As used in this Article I, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- PARK or PARKS
- Unless specifically limited, shall be deemed to include all parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, tennis courts, beaches, recreation structures and facilities, and also entrances and approaches thereto, and all other land or property or structures under the jurisdiction of the Borough, now or hereafter owned or acquired by the Borough for park or recreational purposes, as well as the Municipal Building and adjacent Borough property.
- Any natural person, corporation, organization of persons, company, association or partnership.
- RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Any rules and regulations hereby or hereafter promulgated by the Borough Council under the authority herein conferred.
[Amended 8-26-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-3]
With the exception of the conservation area located in the Woods at Lake Redman development, all parks shall be opened daily to the public at such hours as the Borough Council may from time to time designate, but in no event shall any person be permitted to be in attendance in any park between 11:00 p.m. and sunrise, prevailing time, unless prior special permission shall be granted by the Borough Council. The conservation area located within the Woods at Lake Redman shall be open daily to the public at such hours as the Borough Council may designate, but in no event shall any person be permitted to be in attendance in the conservation area located in the Woods at Lake Redman development between sunset and sunrise, prevailing time, unless prior special permission has been granted by Borough Council.
No person in attendance at a park shall:
Injure, deface, remove, cut or damage any of the trees, plants, shrubs, turf, buildings, structures, signs, equipment or fixtures or any other property of the Borough.
Litter in any area of the park with garbage, paper, bottles, cans or other waste material, nor dispose of the same in any way except in receptacles designated for such purpose.
Dispose of any household garbage or refuse.
Kindle or maintain any fire in the park, except in fireplaces, fire pits, or other areas specially designated for that purpose and located by authority of the Borough Council.
Remove any bench, seat, table or other appliance without permission of the Borough Council.
Injure, deface, destroy or remove any notice, sign, rule or regulation posted at any place within the park by authority of the Borough Council, nor shall any notice or placard be posted within the park other than by authority of the same.
Set up any booth, table or stand for the sale of any article or service whatsoever within the limits of the park without permission of the Borough Council; distribute, sell, service or rent any service or commodity or solicit for any purpose without permission of the Borough Council.
Operate, stop or park any vehicle, bicycle or other means of conveyance, except in areas where permitted or designated by proper authority of the Borough Council, or operate the same in a reckless or negligent manner or in excess of any posted speed limit or in such a manner as to become a nuisance to other area users.
Operate commercial vehicles, unless providing authorized services.
Bring onto the premises, possess or consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs of any kind. No person shall enter the park in an intoxicated state or otherwise be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
Discharge any firearms, slingshots, firecrackers, fireworks or other missile-propelling instruments or explosives or arrows or other dangerous weapons which have such properties as to cause annoyance or injury to any person or property, unless permission has been granted by the Borough Council in designated areas. Police officers in the performance of their duties will be exempt from these provisions.
Play ball, swim, golf, pitch horseshoes, engage in archery, camp or launch, dock or land any boat, engage in finding buried objects with special detectors, or participate in any other form of recreation, sporting endeavor or pastime, except in those areas which may be designated from time to time for such purpose by the Borough Council.
Disrobe or change clothing, except in buildings or facilities made available for that purpose.
Disturb the peace by any conduct so as to annoy any other person using the park for recreational purposes.
Operate a snowmobile, minibike, motorcycle or any vehicle, recreational or otherwise, except on designated roads, trails, or areas set aside for their use.
Use threatening, abusive, insulting, profane or obscene language or words.
Commit any disorderly or immoral acts.
Hold any public meeting or rally (with more than five persons) or engage in any marching or driving as members of a military, political or other organization without permission of the Borough Council, which requires a statement of information, including the name of the organization, number of persons expected to be invited, expected duration and name(s) of person(s) in charge.
Disobey a proper order of a police officer or Borough Council member or disobey or disregard or fail to comply with any rule or regulation, warning, prohibition, instruction or direction posted or displayed by sign, notice, bulletin, card, poster, or when notified or informed as to its existence by the Borough Council or an authorized person.
Gamble or otherwise conduct games of chance.
Allow pets to run at large out of control or fail to clean up and/or dispose of any feces of a pet or pets.
The use of all parks shall be on a first-come-first-served basis unless otherwise reserved:
By annual permission granted by the Borough Council for the scheduling of various league games, etc.
For school or college athletic games, practice, contests, or exhibitions.
For regularly scheduled school district or municipal recreation programs.
By permission granted by the Borough Council for a specific requested use.
The Borough Council is authorized to establish additional rules and regulations, as deemed necessary, by resolution adopted from time to time. Such rules and regulations shall be posted in a conspicuous manner on Borough property.
Recreation facilities which become hazardous for public use due to weather, water, fire or unforeseeable conditions may be closed only at the discretion of the Borough Council or the Mayor.
The police officers appointed by the Borough of Jacobus, the Zoning Officer, members of Borough Council or authorized delegates are hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of this Article I and rules and regulations promulgated by the Borough Council by resolution.
[Amended 7-3-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-3]
Any person who shall violate the provisions of this article shall be subject to a summary criminal proceeding before the Magisterial District Justice as provided by the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, as may be amended from time to time. Upon a finding of a violation, a fine of not less than $450 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, including court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Borough to prosecute the violation, shall be imposed, and such person may be subject to imprisonment of up to 15 days in the event such fines and costs are unpaid. Each day that such violation(s) continues shall be a separate violation of this article.