[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Winslow 12-18-12 as Ord. No. O-2012-035. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All parks shall be open to the public every day of the year with the exception of hours scheduled for any official youth sports organization, or any other scheduled activity by the Township of Winslow.
[Amended 3-12-2019 by Ord. No. O-2019-006]
Any section or part of any park or recreation area may be declared closed to the public at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise), and either entirely or for certain uses only.
No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex or handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any park facility, program or activity.
It shall be unlawful for any person in a public park, playground, recreation area or using a Township-owned athletic facility or field to:
Willfully mark, alter, modify, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, equipment, benches, fireplaces, railings, pavings or paving materials, water lines 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, recreation area and/or Township-owned athletic facility, or any appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person above the age of seven (7) years shall use the rest rooms and washroom designated for the opposite sex.
Dig or remove any soil, rock, sand, stones, trees, shrubs or plants or other wood or materials, or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting or other means or agency.
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except on special written permit issued hereunder.
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant, or injure the bark or pick flowers or seed of any trees or plant, or dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
Climb any tree, or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, vases, planters, fountains, railings, fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purposes.
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, wound, kill, trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird, or remove or have in his possession the young of any reptile or bird. Excepted from this provision are snakes known to be fatally poisonous or deadly reptiles, both of which may be killed on sight.
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 water, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid.
Have brought in or dump in, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, 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 properly disposed of elsewhere.
Drive any vehicle on any area except the paved roads or parking areas or such areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary areas.
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area. All parking shall be in accordance with posted directions at that location and/or at the instruction of any attendant who may be present.
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park or recreation area.
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available.
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard for the safety of others.
Swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in any park or recreation area, nor go onto any ice formed on any such water or waterway.
Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or pavement or set against trees or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by it.
Erect, maintain, use or occupy on or in any area any tent, shelter or structure of any kind unless there shall be an unobstructed view into said tent, shelter or structure from at least two (2) sides, nor shall any guide wire, rope or extension brace or support be connected or fastened from any such structure to any other structure, stake, rock or other object outside thereof.
Allow his/her person to be so covered as to indecently expose his/her person.
Dress or undress in any area or in any vehicle or other place, except in such structures as may be provided for that purpose.
Carry or possess firearms of any description or air rifles, spring guns, bows and arrows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety, or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park or recreation areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden.
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose.
Use any portion of the picnic area or any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of the holding of picnics to the exclusion of other persons, nor shall any person use such areas and facilities for any unreasonable period of time if the facilities are crowded.
Leave a picnic area before all trash is placed in the disposal receptacle where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker, to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects, such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins, horseshoes, quoits or model airplanes, except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation.
While in a public park or recreational area, or while using a Township-owned athletic facility or field, all persons shall abide by all applicable Township ordinances and state statutes, and shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and in particular no person shall:
Bring alcoholic beverages, drink it at any time nor be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any other substance.
Have in his possession or set or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks, firecrackers or explosives of flammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such areas from lands or highways adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture or article that in conjunction with any other substance or compound would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints. At the discretion of the Municipal Clerk, Administrator and Fire Marshal, permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks, following state statutes and regulations, in designated park areas.
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
Build or attempt to build a fire. No persons shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other flammable material within any park or on any highways, roads, or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor use or abet in the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Township Clerk or Administrator.
Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or other areas, or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language, or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach the public peace.
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
Paste, glue, tack, or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatsoever, nor erect or cause to be erected any sign whatsoever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
Be responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas clearly marked by Township signs bearing the words "Domestic Animals Prohibited in this Area." Nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at large. All dogs in those areas where such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than six (6) feet in length.
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor station or place any stand, cart, or vehicle for the transportation, sale, or display of any such article or thing. Exception is hereby made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire or other party holding a permit and acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Mayor and Township Committee.
Upon request fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Township of Winslow which the person or organization claims to have obtained, for review by any person authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Smoke or use tobacco-related products, and/or discard of those products, in an area designated as "tobacco free" and/or beyond any point which is otherwise marked as "no smoking beyond this point" or similar language, or within fifty (50) feet of any park and/or recreation area owned, leased or utilized by the Township of Winslow.
Violate the Code of Conduct of an official youth sports organization as recognized by resolution of the Mayor and Township Committee or any other organization sponsoring the event.
Ignore or refuse to comply with any warning, suspension, removal or disbarment from the event, park or recreation areas, which warning, suspension, removal or disbarment results from a violation of the provisions of this chapter, or the Code of Conduct of an official youth sports organization as recognized by resolution of the Mayor and Township Committee or the Code of Conduct of any other organization sponsoring the event.
The Mayor and Township Committee shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
This chapter shall also be enforced by the Police Department of the Township of Winslow.
The Winslow Township Police Department shall have the authority to eject from the park or recreational areas any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter, and shall have the further authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park or athletic field used in violation of this chapter.
Any person age eighteen (18) or older shall, upon conviction of violating § 49-2(B)(14) of this chapter, be subject to a minimum fine of one hundred dollars ($100.) with the maximum not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.) or sentenced to community service within the Township of Winslow, at the discretion of the Municipal Court, plus court costs.
Any person under the age of eighteen (18) shall, upon conviction of violating § 49-2B(14) of this chapter, be required to perform community service or attend an educational program, subject to the discretion of the Juvenile Court or other juvenile authorities, plus court costs.
Any person violating any of the other provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged park property and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.), and in default of payment thereof, may be sentenced to imprisonment in the county jail, in the discretion of the Judge, for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days.