Borough of West Mifflin, PA
Allegheny County
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[Adopted 9-6-1994 by Ord. No. 1028 (Ch. 16, Part 1B, of the 1999 Code of Ordinances)]
It is the intent, purpose and scope of this article to insure the preservation of public parklands and recreation facilities within the Borough of West Mifflin for the perpetual enjoyment of the residents of the Borough of West Mifflin, to regulate activities within these areas consistent with the enjoyment of unspoiled natural settings and park facilities or in the enjoyment of private property adjacent to such areas.
No person, except those authorized by the Borough and conducting Borough business, shall, in recreation or park areas:
Buildings, structures or park facilities. Injure, deface, disturb, befoul nor in any manner destroy or cause to be destroyed any part of any recreation or park site owned by the Borough, nor any building, sign structure, equipment, utility or other property found therein.
Shrubs, flowers, trees, grass, soil or rock formations. Remove, injure or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, plant or growing thing or any rock or other mineral.
Wild animals and birds. Kill, trap, hunt, pursue or in any manner deliberately disturb or cause to be disturbed any wild bird or animal within the recreation and park sites owned by the Borough, except as permitted in Subsection F.
Wastepaper, garbage and refuse. Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such waters any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which may result in the pollution of said waters, nor dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse or trash anywhere within the park sites owned by the Borough, but rather to make use of proper receptacles where these are provided, and, where receptacles are not so provided, all such materials shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
Fires and fireworks. Fires may not be built or allowed anywhere in recreation or park areas except in stoves, fireplaces or designated areas provided for that purpose. Permits must be secured for any fireworks at any time and for fires to be maintained after closing time.
Animals. It shall be unlawful for owners of domesticated animals to permit same within recreation or park areas without being controlled by a leash not more than six feet long. Permits may be obtained for the training and/or exhibition of animals in designated areas. It shall be unlawful to bring any dangerous animal into any recreation or park area.
Weapons and explosives. Possession or discharge of a weapon or explosive is prohibited on recreation land or parkland.
[Amended 2-17-2015 by Ord. No. 1195]
Noise. The use of electrical amplifying equipment is prohibited on recreation land or parkland.
Gambling. Gambling is prohibited on recreation land or parkland.
Merchandising, advertising and signs. No person shall, in recreation or park areas:
Offer for sale any article or thing, nor station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing, except under the authority of the Recreation and Parks Administrator by application and permit.
Announce, advertise or call the public attention in any way to any article or service for sale or hire.
Post, paste, fasten, paint, write, draw, carve, tack or affix any placard, bill, notice, sign, advertisement or any inscription whatsoever upon any structure, tree, stone, fence, thing or enclosure within any recreation or park area or on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to any recreation or conservation area, except that the Department of Recreation and Parks may place informational signs within such areas.
Aircraft. It shall unlawful to land a private or commercial airplane or helicopter on recreation land and parkland.
Personal conduct. It shall be unlawful for any person in any recreation or park area to:
Disturb the peace or use profane or obscene language.
Endanger the safety of any person by any conduct or act.
Commit any assault, battery or engage in fighting.
Carry, possess or drink any alcoholic beverages, including beer, except as otherwise permitted under § 189-15B.
Violate any rule for the use of the park, made or approved by the Department of Recreation and Parks.
Prevent any person from using any park or any of its facilities or interfere with such use in compliance with this article and the rules applicable to such use.
Act in an unlawful, disorderly or disruptive manner or against the best interest of the areas or other people.
Hours of operation. Recreation and park areas shall be open daily to the public from 8:30 a.m. to dusk, and it shall be unlawful for any person or persons, other than Borough personnel conducting Borough business therein, to occupy or be present in said park during any hours in which the park is not open to the public. Any section or part of the recreation and park areas may be declared closed to the public at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular or stated intervals. During such periods of time, it shall be unlawful to enter upon or occupy such areas or portions thereof contrary to posted regulations.
Group activity; possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Whenever any West Mifflin group, association or organization desires to use recreation or park facilities for a particular purpose, such as picnics, parties or theatrical or entertainment performances, a representative of said group, association or organization shall first obtain a permit for such use in specifically designated areas. The Borough Council may adopt an application form to be used by the Recreation and Parks Administrator, which may require an indemnity bond or other security to protect the Borough property from damage. The Recreation and Parks Administrator shall grant the permit if it appears that the group, association or organization meets all other conditions contained in the application. It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his or her possession, custody or control any alcoholic beverage, including beer, of any kind whatsoever, except as a member of a West Mifflin group, association or organization granted a permit for particular activities in specifically designated areas as set forth in this section.
Use of facilities. Facilities and areas in Borough recreation or park sites shall be used only for the purposes designated or implicit in their character. Special activities, including flying model airplanes, games, picnics, the operation of motor scooters, motorcycles, minibikes, go-carts and similar vehicles, shall be permitted only at locations or trails specifically designated for such use and at times established.
Motor vehicles. Licensed motor vehicles shall be permitted only on designated roadways. The speed limit for such vehicles on such roadways shall be 15 miles per hour. Motor scooters, motorcycles, minibikes, go-carts and snowmobiles shall not be permitted on roadways designated for licensed vehicular traffic, unless licensed for travel on the public roads of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All vehicles shall be parked in areas or places so provided and designated. Parking in places contrary to posted regulations and times is prohibited, and such vehicles may be removed by the Borough at the owner's expense. All parking is prohibited after regular closing time. It shall be unlawful to clean, wash, repair or do any work whatsoever on private vehicles within recreation and park areas, except for emergency repairs.
Fees. The Borough Manager shall have the authority to issue a fee schedule for permits, set the amount of deposits and prescribe conditions under which deposits are collected or forfeited. Such revenue shall be used for recreation and park purposes within the general fund.
The Borough Manager and agents designated by him/her, primarily the Recreation and Parks Administrator, shall administer the provisions of this article, including the establishment and collection of fees, preparation of application forms, issuance and revocation of permits, promulgation of rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this article and all other decisions relative thereto. When acts or conduct of individuals or groups is determined to be in violation of this article or rules and regulations promulgated by the authority of this article or not to be in the best interests of the recreation and park area, or when such acts or conduct endanger other people or private or public property, or when such acts are deemed to be disruptive to the surrounding neighborhood, the Police Department, Recreation and Parks Administrator or his agent assigned to such area or program shall have the authority to cause such acts to be terminated or to expel the perpetrators of such acts from the area or to call the Police Department to arrest and detain such individual or individuals or to file a complaint for the violation of this article with a Magisterial District Judge.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to a fine not less than $50 nor 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. Where such violator has removed, destroyed, damaged, defaced or befouled the recreation and park area or the contents thereof, the cost of maintenance, repair or replacement shall be charged to such person or group in addition to any fine. Further use of recreation and park facilities may be denied to violators of this article in addition to the imposition of fines and costs.