Township of Mount Olive, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Mount Olive as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Littering – See Ch. 250.
Peddling and soliciting – See Ch. 294.
Public swimming facilities – See Ch. 352.
Off-road vehicles – See Ch. 384.
Vessels – See Ch. 388.
[Adopted 12-26-1978 by Ord. No. 35-78 (Ch. 176, Art. I, of the 1990 Code)]
This article is hereby enacted for the protection, care and control of public parks and playgrounds within the Township of Mount Olive and to regulate the conduct of persons on or within such parks and playgrounds using the facilities thereof.
[Amended 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PARK
Includes all public parks, playground facilities, other recreational areas including open space within the Township of Mount Olive, which are owned by or under the control and supervision of the municipal government.
PERSON
Any individual, company, corporation or other legal entity having recognition under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Added 4-8-2003 by Ord. No. 17-2003; amended 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
A. 
The Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive has adopted, and incorporated by reference herein, the Mount Olive Township Departments of Recreation and Parks, Buildings and Grounds Facility and Field Use Rules and Policies (which contain general use rules and rules/policies for groups) as a means to maintain the quality of the playing surfaces on fields, and to provide for their safe, constructive and prolonged use. Groups including sport teams with organized activities which need to schedule certain field/facilities for specific dates will need to submit a permit application with a permit agreement statement, which requires the applicant to abide by the Facility and Field Use Rules and Policies and will be used as a means to reserve use of Mount Olive's facilities and fields, thereby improving the accessibility and scheduling of facilities and fields.
B. 
The Township may close or restrict any field, pathway, or portion or all of a park without notice for maintenance, construction or other unforeseen event, upon the proper posting of signs.
A. 
No person shall injure, deface, misplace, remove, alter, disturb, tamper with, damage or destroy any trees, shrubs, soil, grass or plant life or any structure, building, pool, playground equipment, water fountain, swing, fence, bench, seat, table, platform, walkway, telephone or electric wires, pipes or appurtenances, any other park or recreational equipment or facility or any hydrant, water, storm or sewer drain, pipe, catch basin covering, manhole or any appendage or appurtenances thereof or any sign, inscription, post, monument or statue; or injure or in any way interfere with the operation of any machinery or equipment used under the direction of the Township or of any of its departments, agencies or offices; or deface, destroy, alter, damage or tamper with any drive, path, walk, bridge, parking area or shelter; or take up, scatter, remove or carry away any asphalt, concrete, stone, bark, wood, gravel, clay or earth; or make any excavation of any kind.
B. 
No person over the age of six years shall use the rest rooms and bathrooms designated for the opposite sex. Every person using the bathrooms and washrooms shall cooperate to maintain them in a neat and sanitary condition.
C. 
No person shall construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in nature, or run or string across a public service utility into, upon or across any such lands, except upon written authorization of the Township Council.
D. 
No person shall pick or remove flowers, leaves or seeds of any plant or tree; nor shall any person attach any rope, wire or other contrivance to any tree or plant or park facility; nor shall any person in any other manner injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
E. 
No person shall walk, stand or sit upon monuments, statues, water fountains, railings or fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes. Hiking shall only be done on designated trails/pathways.
[Amended 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
F. 
No person shall tie or hitch any animal to any tree, plant, fence post or any other property in the area.
[Amended 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
G. 
No person shall hunt, molest, frighten, trap, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, reptile or bird, nor shall be remove or destroy the eggs or the young of any animal, reptile or bird.
[Amended 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
H. 
No person shall distribute or possess alcoholic beverages without a specific permit from the Township.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
I. 
No person shall fish in ponds or streams in a park that are posted for "No fishing." If fishing is permitted, the proper permits/licenses issued by the appropriate state agency are required.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
J. 
No person shall possess a firearm, crossbow or any similar weapon in a park unless the weapon is a part of a program sponsored by the Township.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
K. 
All pets shall be leashed and under control at all times, except in designated areas. The animal owners/guardians shall remove all pet waste generated by their animal. Pets are not permitted on playing fields or in playground areas.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
L. 
No person may use a public address system or loudspeakers without a permit from the Township.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
M. 
No person shall trespass in areas specifically posted with signs authorized by the Township.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
N. 
No person shall enter any buildings in a park which are posted as "No Public Access."
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
O. 
No person shall remove from a park any historic item or artifacts. All such items must be turned into the Township immediately upon discovery.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
P. 
Camping is not permitted unless a permit is first obtained from the Township.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
Q. 
Boating on or swimming in ponds and streams in a park is only permitted in designated areas.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
R. 
No person shall release nonresident/domestic animals or fish without permission of the Township.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
S. 
No feeding of wildlife, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:8 and 7:14A.
[Added 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
T. 
No food or drink, except for water contained in a plastic reusable container, shall be allowed in the Pirate's Cove Splashland and Mount Playmore.
[Added 1-30-2018 by Ord. No. 1-2018]
[Amended 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
No person shall kindle, build or maintain a fire within any park, except in such areas as may be designated for that purpose. Only charcoal may be used for cooking fires. No fire shall be unattended, and any fire must be put out immediately after and evidence of the fire removed.
No person shall leave in or throw, cast, lay, drop or discharge into or upon or permit any agent, employee or person in his or her charge to take into, carry through, leave in or throw, cast, lay, drop or discharge into or upon any park any glass, wood, metal objects, ashes, cinders, paper, dirt, sand, oil, stone, brush, stumps or any other material, objects or rubbish of any kind or sick, diseased or dead animals, organic refuse or other offensive matter, including, without limitation, swill, brine, urine, offal, fecal matter, garbage or rubbish. All rubbish, trash and garbage shall be placed in containers provided for that purpose. All breakable containers are expressly prohibited from all parks.
No person shall expose or offer for sale any foodstuffs, products, articles or things, nor shall be station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any foodstuffs, products, articles or things, except such persons as may be duly licensed by the Township for the sale of commodities and foodstuffs in public parks.
[Amended 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
A. 
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks shall be opened to the public every day of the year from sunrise until sunset, except for those facilities which are lighted or otherwise posted as being open later than sunset of each day. From sunrise to 8:00 a.m. no excessive noise may be generated in a park. No lighted facility shall be used after 10:00 p.m. unless special authorization is received from the Township.
B. 
Rest room facilities may be closed by the Township when weather conditions so require without prior notice, provided that proper notices are posted on said facilities indicating that they are closed.
C. 
Access to the Municipal Beach is available only for the season and hours posted.
[Amended 9-18-2012 by Ord. No. 23-2012]
A. 
No person shall post, exhibit, or otherwise display any signs, posters, or other advertising material in any park, except where authorized. This subsection shall not apply to bulletin boards erected or maintained by the Township or any of its departments or agencies. Seasonal sponsorship signs are permitted, provided they comply with the rules, policies, and guidelines of the Township of Mount Olive Recreation Department, which said rules must be approved by the Township Council, which are on file with the Township Clerk.
B. 
"Seasonal sponsorship signs" shall be defined as advertising signs that shall be permitted to be displayed in the Township's parks for the fall sports season and/or the spring/summer sports season.
C. 
Fall sports season shall begin on August 15 and end on November 15 of each year.
D. 
Spring/summer sports season shall begin on March 15 and end on August 14 of each year.
[Amended 9-25-1990 by Ord. No. 40-90; 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005]
A. 
This article shall be enforced by employees of the Mount Olive Police Department, the Recreation Division and the Building and Ground Division.
B. 
Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
[Adopted 12-5-2000 by Ord. No. 47-2000; amended in its entirety 7-12-2005 by Ord. No. 24-2005 (Ch. 176, Art. II, of the 1990 Code); 1-30-2018 by Ord. No. 1-2018]
All motorized vehicles of any nature (including but not limited to ATVs, motorcycles, motorized carts, scooters, snowmobiles, etc.) are hereby prohibited in any park, except motorized vehicles which are specifically permitted in § 285-12 of this article and motorized scooters used by handicapped people.
Licensed motor vehicles permitted in certain areas. Licensed motor vehicles are permitted to be operated only on roads and parking areas specifically designated for such use.
A. 
The speed limit on any park road or in any parking area shall be 15 miles per hour.
B. 
No unauthorized vehicles are permitted on fields, pathways or other park areas not designated for vehicle use.
C. 
Vehicles may be parked in designated areas only. Parking is not permitted along the shoulder of any roadway unless signs are posted specifically allowing such parking.
D. 
All New Jersey Traffic laws shall be enforced in park areas.
The Administrator shall post appropriate signage to enforce the provisions cited in this article.
A. 
This article shall be enforced by employees of the Mount Olive Police Department.
B. 
Violators of parking regulations may have their cars removed from the park and impounded at the owner's expense.
C. 
Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provision of this article shall be fined a sum of $50. Should a court appearance be required and upon conviction thereof, it may be punishable by one or more of the following: by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.