[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rockville Centre 10-6-2015 by L.L. No. 8-2015. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Unless otherwise expressly provided, as used in this chapter the following words shall have the meaning herein indicated:
- A person 18 years of age or older.
- The Village Board of Trustees.
- The Superintendent of the Village Department of Public Works.
- PARK or PARKS
- Includes all parks, playgrounds, athletic field and other recreation areas and facilities under the jurisdiction of the Village.
- An individual person or an entity.
- The Village of Rockville Centre.
Use of the parks in the Village shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter. All other provisions of this Code also shall be applicable except where expressly provided otherwise in this chapter, or where such other Code provision is inconsistent with a provision of this chapter; in the event of any inconsistency, the provisions of this chapter shall prevail.
The Director may issue such regulations for the use of a park or parks as the Director shall determine to be appropriate for the protection of the public health, safety and general welfare. No such regulation may be inconsistent with any provision of this chapter. Each such regulation shall be deemed to be enforceable as if it were a provision of this chapter and set forth herein.
The Board of Trustees shall have authority, by resolution, to alter, amend or repeal any regulation issued by the Director pursuant to this chapter.
Except with the written permission of the Director or pursuant to regulation issued by the Director, no person shall post, distribute, cast or leave about any bills, placards, tickets, handbills, circulars, advertisements in any form or any other matter for advertising purposes directly in or in the immediate vicinity of any park.
Except with the written permission of the Director or pursuant to regulation issued by the Director, no person shall bring into any park, nor consume or possess in any park with the intent to consume, any liquor, ale, beer, wine, spirits or other alcoholic beverages in a keg, case, can, bottle or other container.
No person shall smoke or carry any lighted smoking substances, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes and the like, in or at any park within the Village, except in designated smoking areas established by regulation of the Director.
No person shall bring or harbor any animal in any park except as authorized by regulations with respect thereto as may be promulgated by the Director. A person owning or having custody of any animal shall not cause or permit such animal to enter or be in any park in violation of such regulations, nor shall such person commit any act in violation of such regulations.
No person shall bathe, wade or swim, or engage in any aquatic or recreational activities, in any waters within any park except at such times and places, in such proper attire, and in such time, place or manner, as authorized by regulation promulgated by the Director.
No person shall perform any act in violation of this chapter or any regulation lawfully issued pursuant to this chapter.
No person shall disobey a lawful order of a police officer, peace officer, law enforcement officer or any person authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter, or any person employed in the Village Recreation Department in a supervisory capacity.
No person shall perform any act in violation of instructions on any park sign; throw stones or other missiles; interfere with, encumber, obstruct or render dangerous any drive, road, path, walk or area of a park; climb upon any wall, fence, shelter, cabana or other structure not intended as climbing apparatus; enter or leave any park area except at established entranceways or exits; introduce, carry or fire any fireworks; engage in, instigate, aid or encourage a contention or fight, whether or not a ring or prizefight; assault any person; spit on any walk, platform or stairway; or urinate or defecate except in public restrooms.
No person shall make or permit the making of excessive or unreasonable noise which would create a nuisance and prevent park patrons or residents of the area surrounding the park from participating in their usual activities.
No fire shall be permitted in any park except as authorized by the regulations promulgated by the Director or with the written permission of the Director.
Except as authorized by such regulations or written permission of the Director, no person shall kindle, build, maintain or use a fire anywhere within any park. Where a fire is authorized by such regulation or permission, each such fire shall be continuously under the care and direction of an adult from the time it is kindled until it is extinguished, and no fire shall be built within 10 feet of any tree or building, or beneath the branches of any trees or in any underbrush.
No person shall throw away or discard any lighted match, cigar, cigarette or other lighted object, and all such objects shall be deposited in suitable receptacles. No shall dump, lay or place or dispose of any hot coals, ashes or embers except in suitable receptacles.
Fishing is prohibited in any park area except where authorized by regulation promulgated by the Director or with the written permission of the Director.
The following activities are prohibited in any park except in areas where authorized by the Director: throwing or using any type of ball, bean bag, frisbee, knife, missile or other object; playing any ball game; flying any model aircraft of any size; engaging in kite flying or model boating; riding bicycles, scooters, go-carts, motor bikes, motorcycles, beach buggies or other such vehicles other than on roads; roller skating, skate-boarding; engaging in archery; using air rifles, pistols, BB guns or any type of firearm or other such device or instrumentality which may create a hazard to person or property or which may cause a nuisance or discomfort to any person.
The Village is not responsible for loss, damage or theft of motor vehicles or other personal property brought into any park, unless said property is received by persons authorized by the Village and at designated facilities provided for that purpose under a written agreement with the Village, and in the event of receipt by such authorized person in no event shall the Village's liability exceed the sum of $150. Persons checking clothing and parking motor vehicles as authorized herein do so at their own risk and without any liability on the part of the Village except as provided herein.
The regulations promulgated by the Director may include provisions with respect to the dates and times when any park is open to the public, and any such dates and times shall be posted at the park. No person shall be in any park without the written permission of the Director at any time when such park is closed to the public. The Director is authorized to pen or close any park at any time, in the sole discretion of the Director, for emergency, health or safety reasons.
Where a fee is applicable for the use of any park or any facility in a park, no person shall use or attempt to use or gain admittance to such park or facility unless such person first shall have paid any such charges or fees.
Except as authorized by regulation or written permission issued by the Director, no person shall voluntarily use or land any airborne vehicle, object or apparatus in any park.
No person shall injure, deface, displace, remove, fill in, raze, destroy or tamper with any park property, drive, path or walk; take up, remove or carry away trees, shrubs, turf or other material; remove, deface or destroy any structure, building or any appurtenances connected with the park or any other property or equipment, real or personal owned by the Village or others under the jurisdiction and control of the Village.
No person shall take, carry, leave, throw, lay, drop, discard or in any manner discharge any cans, bottles, broken glass, refuse, garbage, rubbish or waste or debris into or on any park. All such materials shall be placed in receptacles provided for that purpose.
Except as authorized by law or regulation, or with the written permission of the Director, no person shall take, cause to be taken, or assist to be taken any photograph or other visual or video record for commercial purposes.
Except as authorized pursuant to regulation or with the written permission of the Director, no person shall erect any structure, stand or platform, hold any meetings, perform any ceremony, make a speech or address, give or exhibit any performance or form any parade or procession in any park, unless authorized by the Board or Director.
In addition to any other applicable provisions of this Code, no person shall operate or park a vehicle in any park except as authorized by regulation promulgated by the Director, or by rule or regulation adopted by resolution of the Board of Trustees. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any to disobey the direction of any sign or marking relating to traffic control in any Village which shall be placed in accordance with any such provision, rule or regulation.
Except as otherwise posted, the speed limit applicable to any vehicle authorized to be operated in any park shall be 15 miles per hour.
Driving instruction of persons operating motor vehicles, motorcycles or minibikes, either under a New York State learner's permit or otherwise, is prohibited in all parks.
No person shall solicit for hire passengers in any park.
Hitchhiking is prohibited in any park.
Obstruction of traffic by vehicle or otherwise, except in case of emergency, is prohibited.
Exemption of emergency and municipally owned or leased vehicles and equipment. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the standing, parking or operation of police or fire vehicles, ambulances and other emergency vehicles or government owned or leased vehicles and equipment when being operated or parked or otherwise used in connection with an emergency.
Except where authorized by regulation or written permission of the Director:
No person under the age of 10 years shall be admitted to a park unless accompanied by an adult who shall assume full responsibility for his or her safety and conduct.
No person shall use park property for business or professional purposes, including the sale or offering for sale of any goods or the rendering of or offer to render any service for a fee or for the purpose of soliciting alms or contributions.
No person shall use any water fountain, drinking fountain, sprinklers, reservoir, lake or any other water contained in a park for the purpose of washing or cleaning any person, or the clothing or personal belongings of any person. This section shall not apply to those areas or facilities within a park which are specifically designated for personal hygiene purposes (i.e., bathroom, shower room, wash basins, etc.); provided, however, that no person shall wash clothes or personal belongings in such areas, nor shall any person who has not been using a facility in a manner authorized by this chapter for park or recreational purposes use a shower room or other facility for personal hygiene purposes.
Any person found to violate any of the provisions set forth in this chapter, or any regulation issued by the Director pursuant to this chapter, shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine as provided herein. In addition, where such violation results in damage to the property of any person, a person found to have committed such violation may be required to make restitution in whole or in part to the owner of such property.
Each offense against any provision of this chapter or such regulation shall constitute a separate violation.
Upon conviction of an offense as provided herein, a person shall be subject to the following fine:
A first offense within any period of 90 days shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $250 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding five days for each offense, or by both such fine and imprisonment;
A second offense within such period of 90 days shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $350 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 days for each offense, or by both such fine and imprisonment;
Each additional offense within such period of 90 days shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $150 nor more than $500 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days for each offense or by both such fine and imprisonment.