Township of Northampton, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 203, 8/10/1983, as amended by Ord. 226, 6/12/1985; and by Ord. 581, 7/22/2015]
No person in a public building, park, recreation or open space area owned or controlled by Northampton Township shall:
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings; bridges; tables; benches; fireplaces; railings, pavings or paving materials; waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof; signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent; monuments, stakes, posts or other boundary markers or other structures or equipment; facilities; or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark or pick flowers or seed of any tree or plant, dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any park or recreation area.
Throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, stream or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such water any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
Bring in or dump in, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided. Where receptacles are not provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and shall be properly disposed of elsewhere.
Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas or such areas as may, on occasion, be specifically designated as temporary areas by the Board of Supervisors.
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area and such shall be in accordance with posted directions or with the instruction of any park attendant who may be present.
Allow a vehicle to stand or be parked overnight in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park area.
Swim or bathe in any waters or waterways.
Bring into or operate any boat, raft or other water craft, whether motor-powered or not, upon any waters in the park area except a toy boat less than 18 inches in length.
Fish in any waters except in waters designated by the Park and Recreation Board for that use and under such regulations and restrictions as have or may be prescribed by the Park and Recreation Board.
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those places designated for that purpose.
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects, such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins, horseshoes, quoits, model airplanes, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, or similar flying vehicles, except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation. Games such as football, baseball, golf and lacrosse are prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided expressly therefor. The athletic fields, courts, and field equipment are to only be used for their intended purposes unless prior approval is granted.
Ride a horse in any Township park or recreation area except on a designated bridle path.
Bring alcoholic beverages and drink the same on or in public property or buildings. No person shall be permitted on or in public property or public buildings in an intoxicated condition.
Bring a controlled substance and/or contraband, as defined in the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act of Pennsylvania, Act No. 64, 35 P.S. § 780-101 et seq., and the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act, Act No. 63, 71 P.S. § 1690.101 et seq., possess and/or use the same at any time nor shall any person be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Bring a dog or other domestic animal into public park and recreation areas unless on a leash not to exceed eight feet.
Go onto the ice on any of the waters except such areas designated as skating fields, and provided that a safety signal is displayed by the Park and Recreation Board.
Become disorderly with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm or recklessly create a risk thereof by engaging in fighting or threatening or, in violent or tumultuous behavior, make unreasonable noise, use obscene language, make an obscene gesture or create a hazardous or physically offensive condition by an act which serves no legitimate purpose of the actor.
Start any fires, except in a designated receptacle, failing to guard such fires at all times.
Hunt, trap, gamble or be in the possession of any implement used for such activity.
Operate an unregistered motor vehicle or a snowmobile on Township recreation and open space areas.
Road test a motor vehicle or use grounds for driving instruction.
Enter a rest room designated for the opposite sex.
Wash, repair or service a motor vehicle.
[Ord. 203, 8/10/1983]
Parks and Recreation Areas.
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks or recreational areas shall be open to the public every day of the year during the designated hours of the park or recreational area, and the opening and closing hours of each individual park or recreational area shall be posted therein for public information and shall be determined from time to time by the Park and Recreation Board.
Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Park and Recreation Director or by the Park and Recreation Board at any time and for any interval of time in order to convenience repairs or restoration of the area in question or to conduct Recreation Department activities or for public health or safety reasons.
Public Buildings.
Police Building. The Police Building shall be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All Other Public Buildings. With the exception of public holidays as declared by the Board of Supervisors at their organizational meeting and unusual and unforeseen occasions, at which time notice shall be posted at the entrance of each building, all other public buildings shall be open to the general public during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
[Ord. 203, 8/10/1983]
Public rooms and buildings are available for use to individuals or organizations of Northampton Township for civic, cultural or educational purposes. The use of said rooms and/or buildings shall be governed by the rules and regulations for the use of public rooms and buildings as promulgated by the Board of Supervisors by resolution on April 8, 1980, and as may be amended in the future.
[Ord. 203, 8/10/1983; as added by Ord. 561, 4/25/2012; as amended by Ord. 574, 11/19/2014]
Soliciting and peddling under this section shall be subject to the same definitions, licensing and other requirements of Chapter 13, Part 3, governing peddling and soliciting in the Township.
There shall be no soliciting or peddling of any kind in any park, recreation or open space owned or controlled by the Township, unless authorized by the Township or as permitted pursuant to Subsection 4 of this section.
When concession facilities owned or controlled by the Township are open in Township parks, the sale of any and all food and/or beverages by vendors is prohibited, unless authorized by the Township.
When concession facilities owned and/or controlled by the Township are closed, vendors may only sell or offer for sale food and/or beverages from any legal parking space. Vendors are prohibited from moving through the park and stopping or pausing to sell or offer for sale food and/or beverages. Vendors' vehicles shall not block the passage of other vehicles or block other legally parked vehicles. Vendors are subject to all the terms, conditions, and licensing requirements as more fully set forth in § 13-303.
The use of any Township park, recreation or open space for commercial or profit-making activities is prohibited, except by permit issued by the Township.
[Ord. 203, 8/10/1983]
The provisions of this Part shall be enforced by the Northampton Township Police Department.
[Ord. 203, 8/10/1983, as amended by Ord. 285, 2/2/1989; and by Ord. 561, 4/25/2012; and by Ord. 572, 9/17/2014]
In the event of a violation of this Part, any police officer of the Township of Northampton may present to the owner, tenant or occupant a notice indicating the nature of the offense and bearing the statement that no prosecution shall be instituted for 48 hours hereafter if, during said forty-eight-hour period, the offender shall voluntarily appear at the office of the Police Department of the Township of Northampton, 50 Township Road, Richboro, Pennsylvania 18954, and voluntarily enter a plea of guilty and pay a penalty of $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, and $75 for the third offense to the Township. In the event such persons fail to comply with such notice, the offense will thereafter be prosecuted and the penalty collected in a manner prescribed by existing laws.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.