Township of East Bradford, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Bradford 1-13-2004 by Ord. No. 1-2004; amended in its entirety 9-13-2016 by Ord. No. 5-2016. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and Recreation Board — See Ch. 21.
Firearms — See Ch. 57.
Fireworks — See Ch. 59.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 80.
Open Space Review Board — See Ch. 98
Recreation Cooperation Agreement — See Ch. A123.
The following rules and regulations for all East Bradford Township active parks, including but not limited to East Bradford Park, Copeland School Park, and Jane I. Reed Park, must be complied with by all persons within those parks:
A. 
Parks are open daily from sunrise to sunset and closed to all uses from sunset to sunrise except by special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
B. 
Barbecues, cookouts, grilling and open fires are prohibited except within the picnic grills provided for such purpose. Any fire must be completely extinguished before the person who started the fire leaves the park. Hot ashes or burning materials shall not be dumped into any trash receptacles or elsewhere within the park.
C. 
Parking is restricted to the parking areas provided. Overnight parking and camping/sleeping is prohibited except by special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
D. 
Pets must be leashed and under control at all times with a leash no longer than six feet. Pets are not allowed on any amphitheater, playgrounds, ball fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts or tennis courts at any time. Pet owners are required to clean up after their pets and deposit any used pet waste bags in a trash receptacle. (Pet owners are encouraged to use pet waste bags when provided in the park.)
E. 
Skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited within the parks.
F. 
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited within the parks.
G. 
Disorderly conduct, including the use of indecent language, excessive noise or sound amplification equipment, is prohibited. Any noise shall be deemed excessive and in violation of this regulation if it disturbs the peace of any individual or impedes the peaceable use of the park or any adjacent residence or business.
H. 
Littering is prohibited, and all refuse shall be placed in trash receptacles (if provided) or removed by the person(s) generating the refuse. Recycling is required within all parks. Recycling bins should be used when provided, or, alternatively, recycling should be removed and taken home.
I. 
Vandalism to park property and facilities, including defacing or damaging park property, unauthorized trail construction, and destroying/removing vegetation, is prohibited. Disturbing wildlife, unless part of an organized wildlife management program authorized by East Bradford Township, is prohibited. Driving whitetail deer as defined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission within or from park property is considered disturbing wildlife and is prohibited. Additionally, baiting/feeding wildlife or placing wildlife attractants within park property is considered disturbing wildlife and is prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted.
J. 
Discharge of firearms is prohibited. Slingshots, air-soft and paintball guns, BB and pellet guns, air rifles, archery equipment, rockets, fireworks, explosives or other dangerous materials are prohibited unless a special permit has been issued by East Bradford Township. Hunting is prohibited on and across park property unless it is part of a Township-approved wildlife management program.
K. 
Motorized vehicles are allowed only in designated areas, except for official business, emergencies, or power-driven mobility devices for use by persons who have mobility impairments.
L. 
Golfing is prohibited.
M. 
Radio-controlled vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, airplanes, drones and helicopters, are prohibited.
N. 
Use of ball fields, picnic pavilions and amphitheaters by organized groups of 15 or more persons is prohibited without a permit obtained from East Bradford Township.
O. 
Use of ball fields or tennis courts for professional lessons is prohibited, except by professionals hired by East Bradford Township for that purpose or a special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
P. 
The following specific rules and regulations shall be followed by anyone using a park tennis or pickleball court:
(1) 
Limit time when others are waiting.
(a) 
Singles: one hour maximum;
(b) 
Doubles: 1 1/2 hour maximum.
(2) 
Use of tennis courts is on a first-come-first-served basis; no reservations.
(3) 
No professional lessons are allowed, except by professionals hired by East Bradford Township for that purpose or a special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
(4) 
Players are expected to observe all rules of tennis etiquette.
(5) 
Only tennis shoes shall be worn. Black-soled shoes or boots are not permitted.
(6) 
Put all trash in appropriate receptacles. Recycling is required. Recycling bins should be used when provided, or, alternatively, recycling should be removed and taken home.
(7) 
Activities other than tennis and pickleball are not permitted on the courts.
(8) 
Skateboards, rollerblades or bicycles are not permitted.
(9) 
Pets are not allowed on the courts.
Q. 
The following specific rules and regulations apply to anyone using a park basketball court:
(1) 
Use of courts is on a first-come-first-served basis; no reservations.
(2) 
Players are expected to observe the rules of basketball etiquette.
(3) 
Skateboards, rollerblades or bicycles are not permitted on courts.
(4) 
Pets are not allowed on the court.
(5) 
No professional lessons are allowed except by professionals hired by East Bradford Township for that purpose, or a special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
(6) 
Activities other than basketball are not permitted on the court.
(7) 
All trash shall be placed in appropriate receptacles. Recycling is required. Recycling bins shall be used when provided, or, alternatively, recycling shall be removed and taken home.
The following rules and regulations for all East Bradford Township passive recreation parks and open space lands and eased lands, including but not limited to Shaw's Bridge Park, Harry J. Waite Nature Area, Ingram's Mill Nature Area, Sugars Bridge Nature Area, Harmony Hill Nature Area, M. John Johnson Nature Area, Sconnelltown Park, Paradise Valley Nature Area, Starr Farm Park, and Mt. Bradford Preserve, must be complied with by all persons within those parks:
A. 
Parks are open daily from sunrise to sunset and closed to all uses from sunset to sunrise except by special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
B. 
Barbecues, cookouts, grilling and open fires are prohibited except within the picnic grills provided for such purpose. Any fire must be completely extinguished before the person who started the fire leaves the park. Hot ashes or burning materials shall not be dumped into any trash receptacles or elsewhere within the park.
C. 
Parking is restricted to the parking areas provided. Overnight parking and camping/sleeping is prohibited except by special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
D. 
Pets must either be leashed or under immediate control at all times by a responsible person. Pet owners are required to clean up after their pets and deposit any used pet waste bags in a trash receptacle. (Pet owners are encouraged to use pet waste bags when provided in the park).
E. 
Skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited within the parks.
F. 
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited within the parks.
G. 
Disorderly conduct, including the use of indecent language, excessive noise or sound amplification equipment, is prohibited. Any noise shall be deemed excessive and in violation of this regulation if it disturbs the peace of any individual or impedes the peaceable use of the park or any adjacent residence or business.
H. 
Littering is prohibited, and all refuse shall be placed in trash receptacles (if provided) or removed by the person(s) generating the refuse. Recycling is required within all parks. Recycling bins should be used when provided, or, alternatively, recycling should be removed and taken home.
I. 
Vandalism to park property and facilities, including defacing or damaging park property, unauthorized trail construction, and destroying/removing vegetation, is prohibited. Disturbing wildlife, unless part of an organized wildlife management program authorized by East Bradford Township, is prohibited. Driving whitetail deer as defined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission within or from park property is considered disturbing wildlife and is prohibited. Additionally, baiting/feeding wildlife or placing wildlife attractants within park property is considered disturbing wildlife and is prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted.
J. 
Discharge of firearms is prohibited. Slingshots, air-soft and paintball guns, BB and pellet guns, air rifles, archery equipment, rockets, fireworks, explosives or other dangerous materials are prohibited unless a special permit has been issued by East Bradford Township. Hunting is prohibited on and across park property unless it is part of a Township-approved wildlife management program.
K. 
Motorized vehicles are allowed only in designated areas, except for official business, emergencies, or power-driven mobility devices for use by persons who have mobility impairments.
L. 
Golfing is prohibited.
M. 
Radio-controlled vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, airplanes, drones and helicopters, are prohibited at all parks except Starr Farm Park, which allows radio-controlled airplanes and helicopters only.
The following rules and regulations apply to the paved East Branch Brandywine Trail and must be complied with by all persons using the trail:
A. 
The following uses are permitted on the East Branch Brandywine Trail:
(1) 
Walking and jogging.
(2) 
Cycling and scooters (nonmotorized).
(3) 
Skateboards and rollerblades.
(4) 
Power-driven mobility devices for use by persons who have mobility impairments.
(5) 
Strollers, including those connected to bicycles.
(6) 
Cross-country skiing.
(7) 
Snowshoeing.
B. 
The following uses are prohibited on the East Branch Brandywine Trail:
(1) 
Equestrian use; horseback riding.
(2) 
Motorcycles/dirt bikes.
(3) 
Powered scooters and toy cars.
(4) 
Snowmobiles.
(5) 
ATVs, except for official business or emergencies.
(6) 
Rockets and radio-controlled vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, airplanes, drones and helicopters.
(7) 
Sleeping/camping without a special permit obtained from East Bradford Township.
C. 
Parking is restricted to the parking areas provided. Overnight parking and camping/sleeping are prohibited without a special permit obtained from East Bradford Township.
D. 
Pets must be leashed and under control at all times with a leash no longer than six feet. Pet owners are required to clean up after their pets and deposit any used pet waste bags in a trash receptacle. (Pet owners are encouraged to use pet waste bags provided along the trail.)
E. 
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trail and adjoining Township properties.
F. 
Discharge of firearms is prohibited. Slingshots, air-soft and paintball guns, BB and pellet guns, air rifles, archery equipment, fireworks, rockets, explosives or other dangerous materials are prohibited. Hunting is prohibited.
G. 
Disorderly conduct, including the use of indecent language, excessive noise or sound amplification equipment, is prohibited. Any noise shall be deemed excessive and in violation of this regulation if it disturbs the peace of any individual or impedes the peaceable use of the park or any adjacent residence or business.
H. 
Littering is prohibited, and all refuse shall be placed in trash receptacles (if provided) or removed by the person(s) generating the refuse. Recycling is required within all parks and open space. Recycling bins should be used when provided, or alternatively, recycling should be removed and taken home.
I. 
Vandalism to park/trails property and facilities, including defacing or damaging park property, unauthorized trail construction, and destroying/removing vegetation, is prohibited. Disturbing wildlife, unless part of an organized wildlife management program authorized by East Bradford Township, is prohibited. Driving whitetail deer as defined by the Pennsylvania Game commission within or from the park property is considered disturbing wildlife and is prohibited. Additionally, baiting/feeding wildlife or placing wildlife attractants within park property is considered disturbing wildlife and is prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted.
J. 
Use of picnic areas by organized groups of 15 or more persons is prohibited without a permit obtained from East Bradford Township.
K. 
Motorized vehicles are allowed only in designated areas, except for official business, emergencies, or power-driven mobility devices for use by persons who have mobility impairments.
The following rules and regulations apply to any park specifically designed as a dog park and posted as a dog park within East Bradford Township and must be complied with by all persons within the fenced areas of those parks. Dog parks are also subject to those regulations as stated in §§ 22-1, Active parks, and 22-2, Passive parks and open space lands:
A. 
The dog park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and closed to all uses from sunset to sunrise except by special permit from East Bradford Township.
B. 
Dog owners must remain in the fenced park and keep their dog in view at all times.
C. 
Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by them.
D. 
Dogs must be leashed before entering and prior to leaving the fenced area.
E. 
Owners must have a leash in hand at all times while in the fenced area.
F. 
All dogs must be at least four months old to use the park.
G. 
No more than three dogs per person at a time are allowed.
H. 
All dogs must be properly licensed, inoculated, and healthy.
I. 
Dogs in heat are not allowed in the park.
J. 
All dogs must wear a collar at all times with license attached.
K. 
Owners must clean up after their dogs. Please use the bags and receptacles provided.
L. 
Dogs showing aggression toward people or other dogs will be removed from the park.
M. 
Dogs who exhibit a history of aggressive behavior will not be permitted to enter.
N. 
No children under the age of 16 may enter the park unsupervised.
O. 
Grooming of dogs is prohibited.
P. 
Violators will be subject to removal from the park and suspension of park privilege.
Q. 
Use of the dog park by paid trainers or for organized events is prohibited unless a permit has been issued by East Bradford Township.
The following rules and regulations apply to properties where property owners have granted recreational/conservation easements to East Bradford Township, but are not owned by the Township, with the exception of Timber Top Trail and Hogs' Hollow Trail at Paradise Farm, which are regulated by §§ 22-5 and 22-6, respectively, below. These rules and regulations shall be complied with by all persons within those lands:
A. 
Public access trail easements are open daily from sunrise to sunset and closed to all uses from sunset to sunrise except by special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
B. 
Parking is restricted to the parking areas provided. Overnight parking and camping/sleeping is prohibited except by special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
C. 
Public access is limited to the marked trails only. The public is not permitted on areas that are not marked trails.
D. 
Smoking is prohibited.
E. 
Open fires are prohibited.
F. 
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
G. 
Motorized vehicles are prohibited except for official business, emergencies, or power-driven mobility devices for use by persons who have mobility impairments.
H. 
Pets must be leashed and under control at all times with a leash no longer than six feet.
I. 
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
J. 
Hunting is prohibited within recreational easements.
K. 
Discharge of firearms is prohibited. Slingshots, air-soft and paintball guns, BB and pellet guns, air rifles, archery equipment, rockets, fireworks, explosives or other dangerous materials are prohibited.
L. 
Bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited.
M. 
Rockets and radio-controlled vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, airplanes, drones and helicopters, are prohibited.
N. 
Disorderly conduct, including the use of indecent language, excessive noise or sound amplification equipment, is prohibited. Any noise shall be deemed excessive and in violation of this regulation if it disturbs the peace of any individual or impedes the peaceable public use of the lands or any adjacent residence or business.
O. 
Littering is prohibited, and all refuse shall be placed in trash receptacles (if provided) or removed by the person(s) generating the refuse.
P. 
Vandalism, including defacing, damaging or removing property, unauthorized trail construction, disturbing wildlife and destroying/removing vegetation, is prohibited. Disturbing wildlife, unless part of an organized wildlife management program authorized by the property owner or East Bradford Township, is prohibited. Driving whitetail deer as defined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission within or from the property is considered disturbing wildlife and is prohibited. Additionally, baiting/feeding wildlife or placing wildlife attractants within the property is considered disturbing wildlife and is prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted.
The following rules and regulations apply to Timber Top Trail. These rules and regulations shall be complied with by all persons within those lands:
A. 
The trail easement is open daily from sunrise to sunset and closed to all uses from sunset to sunrise except by special permit issued by East Bradford Township. Hours may be further restricted during hunting season.
B. 
Parking is restricted to the parking areas provided. Overnight parking and camping/sleeping are prohibited without a special permit obtained from East Bradford Township.
C. 
Public access is limited to the marked trails only. The public is not permitted on areas that are not marked trails.
D. 
Smoking is prohibited.
E. 
Open fires are prohibited.
F. 
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
G. 
Overnight camping/sleeping is prohibited.
H. 
Motorized vehicles are prohibited except for official business, emergencies, or power-driven mobility devices for use by persons who have mobility impairments.
I. 
Pets are prohibited, with the exception of horses for equestrian use.
J. 
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
K. 
Hunting is permitted only with written permission of the landowner. Written permission to hunt must be carried by hunters at all times while on the site. Public access hours may be further restricted during the hunting season.
L. 
Except those lawfully hunting on the property, the discharge of firearms and archery equipment is prohibited. Slingshots, air-soft and paintball guns, BB and pellet guns, air rifles, rockets, fireworks, explosives or other dangerous materials are prohibited.
M. 
Bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited.
N. 
Disorderly conduct, including the use of indecent language or excessive noise, is prohibited. Any noise shall be deemed excessive and in violation of this regulation if it disturbs the peace of any individual or impedes the peaceable public use of the lands or any adjacent residence or business. Personal sound amplification equipment is prohibited.
O. 
Littering is prohibited, and all refuse shall be placed in trash receptacles (if provided) or removed by the person(s) generating the refuse.
P. 
Vandalism, including defacing, damaging or removing property, disturbing wildlife, unauthorized trail construction, and destroying/removing vegetation, is prohibited.
Q. 
The use of rockets or radio-controlled vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, airplanes, drones and helicopters, is prohibited.
The following rules and regulations apply to the Hogs' Hollow Trail at Paradise Farm. These rules and regulations shall be complied with by all persons using this trail:
A. 
The public access trail easement is open daily from sunrise to sunset and closed to all uses from sunset to sunrise except by special permit issued by Paradise Farm Camps or East Bradford Township. Hours may be further restricted during hunting season.
B. 
Parking is restricted to the parking areas provided at Harmony Hill Nature Area. Overnight parking and camping/sleeping is prohibited except by special permit issued by East Bradford Township.
C. 
Pets are prohibited (i.e., no dogs, no horses).
D. 
Bicycling and equestrian uses are prohibited.
E. 
Smoking is prohibited.
F. 
Open fires are prohibited.
G. 
Overnight camping/sleeping is prohibited.
H. 
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
I. 
Motorized vehicles of any kind are prohibited, except those authorized by the East Bradford Township, CCWA - Paradise Farm Camps, emergency personnel, or power-driven mobility devices for use by persons who have mobility impairments.
J. 
Littering is prohibited. All refuse shall be removed by the person(s) generating the refuse.
K. 
Disorderly conduct, including the use of indecent language or excessive noise, is prohibited. Any noise shall be deemed excessive and in violation of this regulation if it disturbs the peace of any individual or impedes the peaceable use of the park or any adjacent residence or business. Personal sound amplification equipment is prohibited.
L. 
Vandalism to property and facilities, including defacing or damaging property, disturbing wildlife, unauthorized trail construction, and destroying/removing vegetation, is prohibited.
M. 
Hunting is permitted only with written permission of the landowner. Written permission to hunt must be carried by hunters at all times while on the site. Public access hours may be further restricted during hunting season.
N. 
Except for those lawfully hunting on the property, the discharge of firearms and archery equipment is prohibited. Slingshots, air-soft and paintball guns, BB and pellet guns, air rifles, rockets, fireworks, explosives or other dangerous materials are prohibited.
O. 
The use of rockets or radio-controlled vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, airplanes, drones and helicopters, is prohibited.
The rules and regulations described above in §§ 22-1 through 22-4 shall be conspicuously posted in all East Bradford Township active and passive recreation parks and open spaces and shall be maintained and updated as necessary. The rules and regulations described above in § 22-5 through § 22-7 shall be conspicuously posted at all properties with recreation easements and shall be maintained, updated as necessary at properties where property owners have given recreation/conservation easements to East Bradford Township for as long as the recreation/conservation easement remains in effect. The posting required by this section shall be placed and maintained by the East Bradford Township Code Enforcement Officer or his/her designee.
In accordance with the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 67203(b), any person who violates the rules and regulations adopted within this chapter, as set forth above, commits a summary offense. The Board of Supervisors of East Bradford Township or its designee shall enforce the above rules and regulations by an action brought before the District Justice with competent jurisdiction in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Any person violating any one of the above-described rules and regulations shall pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 and/or shall be imprisoned for a period of not more than 90 days per violation. A separate offense for violating the above-described rules and regulations shall arise for each day the offender violates a rule or regulation and for each rule or regulation violated. The Township may pursue any other remedies available at law or in equity.