Municipality of Bethel Park, PA
Allegheny County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Adopted 4-13-1981 by Ord. No. 4-13-81A]
51.1.1. 
As used in this ordinance, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
51.1.2. 
PARK — Property within the Municipality of Bethel Park owned and operated by the municipality to serve the recreational needs of the community.
51.1.3. 
PARKS-RECREATIONAL BOARD — The duly constituted Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Board of the Municipality of Bethel Park.
[Amended 3-11-1985 by Ord. No. 3-11-85B]
51.2.1. 
The following rules and regulations shall be effective and apply to all municipal parks:
1. 
Conduct.
a. 
Children under seven years of age shall at all times be under the supervision and control of a parent, guardian or custodian.
b. 
No parent or guardian or custodian of any minor shall permit or allow him to do any act prohibited by this ordinance.
c. 
There shall be no alteration, removal or placement of foreign objects on any existing structures, markers, shrubbery or the natural habitat of birds or animals.
d. 
There shall be no interference with areas occupied by other persons.
e. 
There shall be no littering throughout the parks area.
f. 
No person shall throw stones or other missiles so as to annoy other persons. Games involving throwing of missiles shall be performed only in designated areas.
g. 
It shall be the responsibility of the park permit holder, as well as all casual users of park facilities, to be familiar with all park rules and regulations and to ensure that such rules and regulations are complied with during any park use.
[Amended 6-9-2003 by Ord. No. 6-9-03A]
h. 
No person shall climb or stand upon any wall, fence, shelter, seat, statue or other structure.
i. 
No person shall fail to obey nor shall any person interfere with an employee in the proper performance of his/her duties.
j. 
No person shall remove or open permanent or temporary barriers, signs, directionals, gates or fences.
k. 
No person shall remove or operate any vehicle upon any grass area unless specifically permitted to do so.
l. 
There shall be no vending, posting, soliciting, dramatic performance or games of chance unless by special permission from the Parks-Recreation Board, Municipal Council or their representative(s).
m. 
No alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, except for on-premises purchases only, and when the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is authorized by Municipal Council during special events sponsored by the Municipality of Bethel Park.
[Amended 3-12-2018 by Ord. No. 3-12-18]
n. 
No person shall use profane language or engage in disorderly conduct.
o. 
No smoking or other use of tobacco products shall be permitted in any park area.
[Added 6-12-2017 by Ord. No. 6-12-17A]
2. 
Permitted activities; prohibited activities.
a. 
The following activities are prohibited unless written authorization is obtained from the Parks-Recreation Board:
[1] 
Swimming; wading or fishing.
[2] 
Model aviation or boating.
[3] 
Use of archery, darts, missiles, etc.
[4] 
Discharge of fireworks.
[5] 
Camping.
[6] 
Fund-raising events.
[7] 
Golfing.
[8] 
Skiing.
b. 
The following activities are permitted in areas designated for these purposes:
[1] 
Field games (football, soccer, baseball, etc.).
[2] 
Basketball.
[3] 
Tennis.
[4] 
Horseshoes.
[5] 
Track.
[6] 
Picnicking.
[7] 
Sledding or ice skating.
[8] 
Other general recreation activities not specifically prohibited in this section.
c. 
Restriction of animals in the parks. Animals are prohibited in the following areas of all municipal parks:
[Added 7-11-1994 by Ord. No. 7-11-94E]
[1] 
Active sport play areas including athletic fields.
[2] 
Picnic groves.
[3] 
Active play areas including playgrounds and tot lots.
[4] 
Parking lots.
3. 
Traffic regulations. No person in a park shall:
a. 
Fail to comply with all applicable provisions of the vehicle and traffic laws of the State of Pennsylvania, together with such supplemental regulations as herein set forth.
b. 
Fail to obey all police officers, traffic officers, members or park officials whenever such persons are directing traffic or parking in the park, such police officers, traffic officers, members and park officials being hereby authorized and instructed to direct traffic and parking whenever and wherever needed in the park.
c. 
Fail to observe and obey all traffic and parking signs indicating speed, directions, caution, stopping and parking and no parking signs posted for proper control and to safeguard life and property.
d. 
Park and leave a motor vehicle overnight in any area of the park.
e. 
Park a motor vehicle on park property unless the operator or owner thereof shall use or be making use of the recreation facilities of such park during the time that the said motor vehicle is parked in said park.
f. 
Ride a bicycle on other than a paved road or parking area, or park said vehicle in any place other than a bicycle rack, when so provided, or other than a parking area designed for the parking of bicycles.
g. 
Park vehicles on roads or driveways used as accesses to and from park grounds. No washing or servicing of motor vehicles.
4. 
General.
[Amended 2-10-1992 by Ord. No. 2-10-92C]
a. 
The Municipality or the Parks-Recreation Board shall not be responsible for loss or theft of personal property.
b. 
The Parks-Recreation Board is authorized to post such additional special regulations at any recreational area in the Municipality of Bethel Park as it deems necessary to promote the public health, safety and welfare and recreation of the users thereof.
c. 
Any damage to park facilities shall be wholly chargeable to those to whom permits are issued or to individuals specifically liable for such damage.
d. 
It shall be the responsibility of the park permit holder, as well as all casual users of park facilities, to be familiar with all park rules and regulations and to ensure that such rules and regulations are complied with during any park use.
[Amended 6-9-2003 by Ord. No. 6-9-03A]
e. 
Permits for use of the parks may be obtained by written request addressed to the Recreation Office. Permits will be issued in accordance with the policy set forth by the Parks-Recreation Board of the Municipality of Bethel Park.
f. 
In the event a person, group or organization is denied a permit by the Parks-Recreation Board or its representative, said person or group or organization may appeal the denial of said permit to the Municipal Council by filing a written notice of appeal to the Council within 48 hours after being officially notified of the denial of the permit by the Recreation Office. The Council shall thereafter, as soon as possible, ascertain all of the facts involving the application for the permit and the Council may overrule the decision of the Parks-Recreation Board or its representative and authorize the issuance of a permit.
[Amended 6-9-2003 by Ord. No. 6-9-03A]
51.3.1. 
Any person, partnership, firm or corporation who violates this ordinance shall pay a fine of not more than $500, which amount shall be payable to the Municipality of Bethel Park upon conviction of violation of this ordinance before the District Magistrate.
51.4.1. 
The provisions of this ordinance are declared to be severable, and if any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance shall for any reason be held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining sections, sentences, clauses and phrases of this ordinance, but they shall stand notwithstanding the invalidity of any part.
51.5.1. 
Any ordinance or part of an ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this ordinance be and the same is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.
[Adopted 9-11-1978 by Ord. No. 9-11-78G]
51.6.1. 
All municipal parks shall be closed at sunset unless otherwise posted.
51.7.1. 
Any persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this ordinance, upon conviction thereof before a Magistrate of the Municipality of Bethel Park, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not in excess of $100, to be paid to the Municipality of Bethel Park for the cost of prosecution, or to undergo imprisonment in the County jail for a period of not more than 10 days, or both.
51.8.1. 
Any ordinance or part of an ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this ordinance be and the same is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.