[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson 7-13-1981 by L.L. No. 3-1981. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent of the Board of Trustees in enacting this chapter to provide for the orderly use, regulation and preservation of Village parks. Such parks are deemed to be a valuable asset of the Village and should be used for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of all in such a manner so as not to constitute an annoyance or a nuisance for residents of the area surrounding such parks. In furtherance of such objectives, the Board of Trustees does hereby enact as follows.
Any individual or group wishing to remain in Village parks from the hours of 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. may do so upon applying to the Board of Trustees for permission. Applicant shall provide the name of the person in charge and approximate number included in the group using such park. If a park is to be used for all-night camping, the Board of Trustees shall also be informed of such fact and the general location in which the campers plan to camp.
After the hour of 11:00 p.m., no person shall operate any mechanical device which will reproduce sound or music, such as a tape recorder, radio, record player, television set or other device which reproduces or emits mechanical sounds.
No person shall be permitted to operate upon any of the trails or paths within Village parks any off-the-road vehicles, motor bikes, snowmobiles or other similar vehicle. Only vehicles authorized for operation upon the public highway shall be permitted to operate within parks, and then only upon that portion of the park's land set aside and used for a roadway.
Persons using Village parks will confine campfires to confined or restricted areas or grills commonly used for cooking food. The use of bonfires or other large fires for other than general heating or cooking purposes is prohibited.
Notwithstanding any local law to the contrary, the moderate use of alcoholic beverages in Village parks is permitted. However, no person shall use alcoholic beverages in such a way as to constitute a nuisance to other persons using a park or to persons living in the area of the park. Any person who uses alcoholic beverages in such a way as to constitute a nuisance may be asked to leave the park immediately. Failure to do so shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
The following acts are prohibited in Village parks:
The hunting of any animal in the park by either firearm, bow, slingshot or other device used to hunt animals.
The setting of traps or the trapping of any animal.
The discharge of any firearm for any purpose. For the purpose of this chapter, a firearm shall include a rifle, shotgun, BB gun, pellet gun or any other similar device or weapon.
No person shall deface, injure, displace, remove, fill in, raise, destroy or tamper with any drive, path or walk; take up, remove or carry away trees, shrubs, turf or any material or substance; remove or destroy any structure, building or any appurtenance connected with the park or any other property or equipment, real or personal, owned by the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson or under the jurisdiction and control of the Board of Trustees.
The dumping of any trash, garbage, scrap or other material constituting litter, or in any other manner littering the park.
From time to time, the Board of Trustees may, by resolution, adopt rules and regulations relating to the use of ice skating rinks and setting reasonable hours of use thereof. Such resolution, when adopted, shall be conspicuously posted in the Village Hall and in a suitable place in the area of the ice skating rink.
[Amended 10-27-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997]
Any person convicted of a violation of this chapter shall be liable to a fine not to exceed $250, imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day's violation shall be considered a separate and distinct violation.