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Borough of Little Ferry, NJ
Bergen County
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[1982 Code § 165-1]
As used in this chapter:
GOVERNING BODY
Shall mean the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Little Ferry.
GROUP; ORGANIZATION
Shall mean any corporation or association for a common purpose in excess of ten (10) persons.
PARKS, PARKLANDS, PARK AREAS, PLAYGROUNDS OR RECREATION AREAS
Shall mean all the real property situated in the Borough of Little Ferry under the jurisdiction and care of the Borough, or which may hereafter be acquired by the Borough or come under the jurisdiction of the Borough.
PERMIT
Shall mean any written license issued by or under the Governing Body, permitting the performance of a specified act or acts.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Shall mean any rule or regulation duly adopted by the Borough of Little Ferry.
[1982 Code § 165-2A]
a. 
All Parks. All parks (except Losen Slote Creek Park, which shall be open to the public as provided in paragraph b.), whether dedicated or not, shall be closed to the public between sunset and 7:00 a.m. seven (7) days a week, including holidays.
1. 
"Sunset" shall be defined as that time set forth in the New York Times.
2. 
Field lights must be turned off no later than 10:00 p.m. This will be strictly enforced. The Mayor and Borough Council may permit, by resolution, an extension of the time upon written request.
b. 
Losen Slote Creek Park. The skating/hockey rink in Losen Slote Creek Park shall be open to the public as follows:
1. 
November 1 through March 15:
(a) 
Weekends and holidays:
(i) 
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: hockey only.
(ii) 
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: recreational skating only.
(iii) 
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: hockey only.
(iv) 
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: recreational skating only.
(b) 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday:
(i) 
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.: hockey only.
(c) 
Tuesday and Thursday:
(i) 
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.: recreational skating only.
2. 
March 16 through October 31:
(a) 
Daily (including weekends and holidays):
(i) 
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: hockey only.
(ii) 
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: recreational skating only.
(iii) 
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: hockey only.
(iv) 
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: recreational skating only.
[1982 Code § 165-2B]
Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, the Mayor and Borough Council may permit, by resolution, the use and occupancy of any and all public parks, dedicated or not, playgrounds and other areas of recreation by any group, individual or association, upon request, for a designated time in connection with a specific event, series of events or observance which has been authorized by the Governing Body.
[1982 Code § 165-2C]
Any person who violates paragraph a above shall be subject, upon conviction, to a minimum fine for the first offense of two hundred ($200.00) dollars and a maximum fine of five hundred ($500.00) dollars. For a second or subsequent offense, a minimum fine of three hundred ($300.00) dollars and a maximum fine of eight hundred ($800.00) dollars shall be imposed.
[1982 Code § 165-3; Ord. No. 1370-25-12]
a. 
It shall be unlawful in any park or playground for any person to:
1. 
Consume, use, sell, deliver, possess, carry or hold any alcoholic beverages unless a permit from the Governing Body or its designate is obtained prior thereto.
2. 
Use, possess or carry any glass containers or bottles.
3. 
Play baseball, football, hockey or to conduct any other sports activities except in areas and during the times expressly set aside for such activities.
4. 
Hit, putt or drive any golf balls.
5. 
Sell, offer, expose for sale, solicit or give away any merchandise unless a permit from the Governing Body or its designee is obtained prior thereto.
6. 
Allow any domestic animal, including but not limited to dogs, to be led or to run at large on or within any park or playground except in Willow Lake Park as set forth in Section 10-9.
7. 
Use abusive, obscene, profane or indecent language or any disorderly conduct disturbing or annoying to others.
8. 
Make or kindle any fire except in a picnic grill.
9. 
Give, produce or direct any entertainment or exhibition unless a permit from the Mayor and Borough Council is obtained prior thereto.
10. 
Climb, scale or jump over any fences, backstops, trees or other structures not intended for such use.
11. 
Cut, deface, injure, remove or disturb any tree, shrub, building, fence, bench or other structure, apparatus, or property; or to pick, cut or remove any shrub, bush or flowers or to mark or write upon any building, fence, bench or other structure.
b. 
In addition to the prohibitions in paragraph a above, it shall be unlawful in Losen Slote Creek Park for any permit to:
1. 
Have hockey sticks, pucks or other hockey paraphernalia on the rink during the times designated in subsection 10-2.1b for recreational skating.
2. 
Fail to wear a helmet on the rink while participating in a hockey game or hockey-related activity.
[1982 Code § 165-4; amended 6-20-2018 by Ord. No. 1500-11-18[1]]
No group or organization shall use any athletic facility in any park or playground unless a permit for such use is obtained from the Borough Clerk prior thereto; no other group, organization, person or persons shall use such facilities during the time covered by such permit, except with the permission of the Borough Clerk. In the event of a conflict, the following groups shall be given priority:
a. 
Little League baseball/softball.
b. 
Boys Club baseball.
c. 
Police Activities League.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it shall be retroactive to 1-1-2018.
[1982 Code § 165-5A; amended 6-20-2018 by Ord. No. 1500-11-18[1]]
a. 
A person, group or organization seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application 30 days in advance of the requested date with the following:
1. 
The Borough Clerk will issue permits with the approval of the Parks and Recreation Director/Chairperson duly appointed by the Mayor and Borough Council.
2. 
The governing body, for all other permits required by this chapter or any rule or regulation.
b. 
The application shall state:
1. 
The name and address of the applicant.
2. 
The name and address of the person, persons, group or organization sponsoring the activity.
3. 
The day and hours for which the permit is required.
4. 
The park or playground or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
5. 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
6. 
Any other information which the governing body shall feel reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit shall be issued.
c. 
The resident permit fee is based on whether 75% of the group or team are residents of the Borough, as evidenced by the submittal of a team roster along with proof of address. Acceptable means of proof of address shall be determined by the Recreation Committee Chairperson or his or her designee. No such utilization of the parks and recreational facilities of the Borough of Little Ferry shall be permitted without a permit, which must be in the user's possession at the parks and recreation facility at the time of use.
d. 
An insurance waiver/release and insurance requirements form shall be completed, and a certificate of insurance in compliance with same shall be submitted for all Borough facility uses.
e. 
Issuance of permit. The Department shall issue a permit hereunder if it finds that:
1. 
The proposed activity will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park or the promotion of public health and welfare, safety and recreation. The Borough reserves the right not to schedule activities so that the maintenance staff can complete work.
2. 
The facilities sought to be used are available at the day and time specified in the application and the activity will not conflict with any other scheduled activities.
3. 
Past activities of the applicant under previous permits issued hereunder, if any, have been conducted in accordance with all applicable ordinances, regulations and the conditions of such permit(s).
f. 
Cancellation of reservations.
1. 
Picnic permit holders must provide two weeks' notice for cancellation. The permit holder who cancels a picnic permit with less than two weeks' notice is liable for the cost of the permit.
2. 
Athletic field permit holders must provide four business days' notice for cancellation. The permit holder who cancels an athletic field permit with less than four business days' notice shall be liable for the cost of the permit.
g. 
Violation of permit. Strict compliance with permits is required. Any violation of any terms and/or conditions thereof shall constitute grounds for revocation of the permit by the Department. In case of the revocation of any permit, permit fees shall be retained by the Department. The permit forfeiture shall not in any manner relieve such person from liability for the violation of the items listed under disclaimers on the permit or for civil damages. Any violation of the permit is grounds for denying any future permits.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it shall be retroactive to 1-1-2018.
[1982 Code § 165-5B]
A permit shall be issued if the following conditions are met:
a. 
The proposed activity is for a public purpose or in the interests of the community.
b. 
The proposed activity or use of the park or playground will not create undue traffic problems or unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public engagement of the park or playground.
c. 
The proposed activity or use will not be detrimental to the public health, safety, welfare and recreation.
d. 
The proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
e. 
The proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome public expense or police operation of the Borough.
f. 
The facilities desired have not been previously reserved for other use on the day and hour requested in the application.
[1982 Code § 165-5C; Ord. No. 1256-15-08; amended 6-20-2018 by Ord. No. 1500-11-18[1]]
Type
Fee
Natural Turf Fields
Resident
No fee
In-town business
$50 per hour
Out-of-town business/organization
$75 per hour
Artificial Turf
Resident
$50 per hour
Resident with lights
$80 per hour
In-town business
$100 per hour
In-town business with lights
$130 per hour
Out-of-town business/organization
$125 per hour
Out-of-town business/organization with lights
$155 per hour
Picnic Areas
Resident
$15 per hour
In-town business
$30 per hour
Out-of-town business/organization
$50 per hour
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it shall be retroactive to 1-1-2018.
[1982 Code § 165-5D]
The governing body may waive any and all of the within rules and regulations upon request for special activities.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Chapter 3, Section 3-9, for additional regulations concerning gas powered vehicles in parks.
[1982 Code § 165-6]
Except for authorized Borough employees and/or authorized public officials, it shall be unlawful in any park or playground for any person to drive a motor or horse-drawn vehicle, including but not limited to automobiles, snowmobiles, motorbikes or mopeds, within or upon a safety zone, walk or bridle path not designated or customarily used for such purpose, except on paved roadways.
[1982 Code § 165-7]
It shall be unlawful for a parent, guardian or custodian of any person under the age of eighteen (18) years to permit or allow such person to do any act prohibited by this chapter or any rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
[1982 Code § 165-8]
Police Officers, public works employees and other Borough employees or officials shall strictly enforce the provisions of this chapter in accordance with their duties imposed by law.
[1982 Code § 165-9; New]
a. 
Any person violating any provision of this chapter (except subsection 10-2.1a), shall be liable, upon conviction, to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.
b. 
In addition to any fine imposed pursuant to paragraph a, any person causing damage to any property within any park or playground shall be liable for the cost of repair or replacement necessitated by such damage.
[Ord. No. 1370-25-12; Ord. No. 1416-24-14]
a. 
Properly licensed dogs shall be permitted to enter upon or remain in Willow Lake Park subject to the following rules and regulations.
1. 
Dogs shall only be allowed in Willow Lake Park between 7:00 a.m. until sunset in accordance with Section 10-2.
2. 
Dogs are the only animals that handlers may bring to the park.
3. 
Dogs must wear securely attached collars with valid dog licenses.
4. 
Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times. Leashes shall not have a lead in excess of twenty (20) feet.
5. 
Dogs that become aggressive or uncontrollable must be immediately taken from the park.
6. 
Dogs shall be prohibited from the playground areas.
7. 
Handlers must remain with their dogs at all times.
8. 
Handlers must always clean up after their dogs.
9. 
Handlers must immediately report all dog bites to the Little Ferry Police Department.
10. 
Dogs must be handled by an adult eighteen (18) years or older at all times.
11. 
Feeding a dog in the park is prohibited.
12. 
Handlers are strictly liable for any incidents that occur at the park.
13. 
Dog owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times.
14. 
All dogs must have current rabies, distemper and parvo vaccinations. It is recommended that dogs be on a flea and heartworm preventive medication.
15. 
Dogs that are ill are prohibited.
16. 
All dogs must wear a valid license.
17. 
Limit of three (3) dogs per adult.
18. 
Dog owners who fail to comply with the above rules and regulations may receive a summons.
19. 
Any person violating the regulations set forth in this section, upon conviction in a court of competent jurisdiction, shall be subject to a penalty of not more than two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars for a first offense; five hundred ($500.00) dollars for a second offense; and one thousand two hundred fifty ($1,250.00) dollars for a third or subsequent offense or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days; this penalty shall exclude any costs (dollar for dollar) incurred by the municipality for cleanup of a park, playground or recreation area as a result of the violator's actions.