Township of Union, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[Ord. No. 90-15 § 1; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 1; Ord. No. 2011-1]
It shall be unlawful for any person in a public park or recreation area to:
a. 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, 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 or appurtenances whatsoever.
b. 
Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition.
c. 
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.
d. 
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.
e. 
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 grassed areas or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
f. 
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.
g. 
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
h. 
Hunt, molest, kill, wound, trap, abuse, shoot, pursue, or throw missiles at, remove, or have in his/her possession any animals, reptile, or bird found within a Township park, nor disturb its habitat within a Township park; or knowingly buy, receive, have in his/her possession, sell or give away any such animal, reptile, bird or eggs so taken, except as may be specifically provided in accordance with State/Federal Fish and Game Laws.
i. 
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 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 the waters.
j. 
Have brought in or dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse or other trash. No refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in any park or left anywhere on the park grounds. All refuse shall be placed in the proper receptacles where they are provided. If receptacles are not provided, all rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence, and properly disposed of elsewhere.
k. 
Drive or park any vehicle on any area except the paved/stone park roads or parking areas, or areas that may, on occasion, be specifically designated as temporary areas for parking or driving by the Township Parks Committee or park staff. Drive or park any vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with use of the park and safety of others.
l. 
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas. No motor vehicle shall be parked in park areas from 1/2 hour after sunset until sunrise, except as otherwise permitted.
m. 
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others or on the athletic fields or facilities.
n. 
Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paved area or set against trees, or in any place or position where a person may trip over or be injured by it.
o. 
Swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in any park, except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor, and in compliance with such regulations as are set forth in this chapter, or may be hereinafter adopted. Nor shall any person frequent any waters or places designated for swimming or bathing, or congregate there when such activities are prohibited by the Township Parks Committee upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
p. 
Erect, maintain, use or occupy on or in any beach or bathing area any tent, shelter or structure of any kind, nor shall any guy wire, rope, or extension brace or support be connected or fastened from any such structure to any other structure, stake, rock or other object.
q. 
Bring or operate any boat, raft or other water craft, whether motor powered or not, upon any waters, except at places designated for boating by the Township Parks Committee. Such activity shall be in accordance with applicable regulations as are now or will hereafter be adopted by the Parks Committee.
r. 
Navigate, direct, or handle any boat in such a manner as to unjustifiably or unnecessarily annoy or frighten or endanger the occupant of any other boat.
s. 
Fish in any area where bathing is permitted.
t. 
Shoot into park areas from beyond park boundaries. No person shall carry or possess firearms of any description, or air-rifles, spring-guns, bow 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, except as may be specifically provided in accordance with State/Federal Fish and Game Laws.
u. 
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Parks Committee and staff shall have the authority to regulate activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
v. 
Violate this regulation which provides for the use of individual fireplaces together with tables and benches on a "first-come-first-served basis."
w. 
Use any portion of the picnic area or any of the park buildings or structures for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons. No person shall use these areas and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
x. 
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash is placed in the disposal receptacles 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.
y. 
Set up tents, shacks, or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in a park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or that could be used for such purpose, such as house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon or the like, except in those areas designated by the Township Parks Committee for those purposes.
z. 
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 rockets or model airplanes except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or dangerous games such as football, baseball and lacrosse is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided. Roller skating shall be confined to those areas specifically designed for this activity.
aa. 
Ride a horse except on designated bridle trails. Horses shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained, and ridden with care, and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended, nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree, or shrub.
bb. 
Ride or jump a horse over any horse jump, except with the express written prior permission of the Township of Union pursuant to a written agreement between the Township Committee and a responsible organization providing a liability insurance certificate and indemnification agreement in a form and amount required by Township park permit regulations.
cc. 
Drive or park any vehicle designed to transport or carry horses except on designated park roads or parking areas, or areas that may, on occasion, be specifically designated as temporary access or parking areas for parking or driving of horse transportation by vehicles by the Township Parks Committee or Park staff. Drive or park any horse transportation vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with use of the park or safety of others.
dd. 
Sweep the contents of any horse trailer onto Township property.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 2; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 2]
While in a public park or recreation area, all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and in particular, no person shall:
a. 
Bring alcoholic beverages or drink alcoholic beverages at any time nor shall any person be under the influence of intoxicating liquor in a park.
b. 
Have in his/her possession, or set or otherwise cause to explode, discharge or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks, or explosives or flammable materials, or discharge them or throw them into any park or recreation 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 Township Parks Committee, permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in designated park areas.
c. 
Be responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas clearly marked by the Township Parks Committee by 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 dogs are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than six feet in length. Owners of a dog or other domestic animal are responsible for cleaning up after their animal.
d. 
Solicit alms or contributions for any purposes, whether public or private.
e. 
Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Township Parks Committee. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other inflammable material within any park or on any highways, roads, or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
f. 
Enter an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor shall any person use or abet in the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
g. 
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 Parks Committee.
h. 
Go onto the ice on any of the waters except such areas as are designated as skating fields, and provided a safety signal is displayed.
i. 
Upon request, fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Township Parks Committee he/she claims to have to any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
j. 
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
k. 
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall be/she station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any article or thing. Exception is here made for any regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Township Parks Committee.
l. 
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatsoever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatsoever on any park lands or highways or roads in any park.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 3; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 3]
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks shall be open to the public every day of the year during designated hours. Persons in the park at which times that the park is closed, are in violation of this section. The opening and closing hours for each individual park shall be posted therein for public information and shall be determined by resolution of the Township Parks Committee.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 3]
a. 
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.
b. 
Discrimination on the basis of residence, including preferential reservation, membership or annual permit systems is prohibited, except to the extent that reasonable differences in admission and other fees may be maintained for any park on the basis of residence.
[Ord. No. 2013-3; Ord. No. 2014-4; Ord. No. 2014-8]
a. 
Seasonal Fees - Individual.
Resident
Nonresident
1.
Summer Camp
$50
$60
2.
Spring Soccer (using uniform from the fall season)
$35
$45
3.
Spring Soccer (need a uniform for the season)
$45
$55
4.
Baseball Pre-K — 2nd grade
$60
$70
5.
Adult Softball
Free
N/A
6.
Tennis
$50
N/A
7.
Basketball 1st — 2nd grade
With Late Fee
$85
$85
N/A
8.
Basketball 3rd — 8th grade
With Late Fee
$95
$105
N/A
9.
Fall Soccer
With Late Fee
$80
$100
$90
$110
10.
Field Hockey
$70
$80
b. 
Nonresident Field Usage Fees*
1.
Soccer/Lacrosse/Field Hockey, field per game/practice
$100
2.
Soccer/Lacrosse/Field Hockey, field per week
$350
3.
Soccer/Lacrosse/Field Hockey, field per season
$550
4.
Baseball/Softball, field per game/practice
$100
5.
Baseball/Softball, field per week
$350
6.
Baseball/Softball, field per season
$550
7.
Finn Road Park Pavilion
$50
*
Fees do not include field preparation such as lining and field dragging.
*
Local civic and recreational groups, having 51% or more members/participants who are residents of Union Township, will be entitled to use facilities free of charge. Please provide list of members/participants with names and addresses.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 4; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 4]
Permits for special events and use of recreation facilities in parks shall be obtained by application to the Township Parks Committee in accordance with the following procedures.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 4; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 4]
A person or group seeking issuance of a permit shall file an application with the Township Parks Committee stating:
a. 
The name, phone numbers and address of the applicant.
b. 
The name, phone numbers and address of the person, persons, corporation or associations sponsoring the activity, if any.
c. 
The day(s) and hours for which the permit is desired.
d. 
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
e. 
Certificate of liability insurance.
f. 
Any other information which the Township Parks Committee shall find reasonably necessary for a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
g. 
All information shall be filed with the Township Clerk at least 30 days before date requested. The Clerk shall maintain at the Municipal Building a schedule of events and uses of the park and athletic fields, said schedules to be available for examination on request for any person or persons requesting said schedule.
h. 
A copy of the scheduling documents received from the Township shall be in the possession of all athletic groups using the park at the time of said usage and posted on the park bulletin board.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 4; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 4]
Standards for issuance of a use permit by the Township Parks Committee shall include the following findings:
a. 
That the proposed activity and use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
b. 
That the proposed activity or use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
c. 
That the proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
d. 
That the proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense of maintenance and police operation by the Township.
e. 
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use and maintenance at the date and hour requested in the application.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 4; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 4]
Within five days after the receipt of an application, the Township Parks Committee shall apprise an applicant in writing of its reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal to the Township Committee by serving written notice thereof on the Municipal Clerk within five days of the refusal.
A copy of that notice shall also be served on the Parks Committee within the same time and the Committee shall immediately forward the application and the reasons for its refusal to the Township Committee, which shall consider the application under the standards set forth under subsection b hereof and sustain or overrule the Parks Committee's decision within 10 days from the receipt of the appeal by the Municipal Clerk. The decision of the Township Committee shall be final.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 4]
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the regulations and ordinances were inserted in the permit.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 4; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 4]
The person or persons to whom the permit is issued shall be liable for all loss, damage, or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom the permit shall have been issued. The Parks Committee shall have the right to require any permittee to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of permitted activities in such amounts as may be determined by the Committee prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 4; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 4]
The Parks Committee shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance, or upon good cause shown.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 5; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 5]
a. 
The Parks Committee, any park staff, or the Township Code Enforcement Officer shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this section.
b. 
The Parks Committee, any park staff or the Township Code Enforcement Officer shall have the authority to eject from the park area any person or persons acting in violation of this section.
c. 
The Parks Committee, any park staff or the Township Code Enforcement Officer shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park used in violation of this section.
d. 
This section shall also be enforced by any police agency having jurisdiction in the Township.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 6; Ord. No. 2001-10 § 6]
The Township Committee reserves the right with respect to any or all of the public park and recreation areas and any facilities located therein to enter into any agreement with the Board of Education of the Township concerning the control and use thereof. Anything contained in this section to the contrary notwithstanding, any use of the premises or facilities by the Board of Education pursuant to any agreement with the Township Committee or Parks Committee heretofore or hereafter entered into shall be free and exclusive from any control or supervision of it by the Parks Committee.
[Ord. No. 90-15 § 7; New]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction, be liable to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged park property and shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter I, Section 1-5.