Township of Piscataway, NJ
Middlesex County
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Editor's Note: See also Chapter 3, Section 3-14, Drug-Free Public Parks, Public Buildings and Public Housing Facilities. Skateboards, see Chapter 3, Section 3-19.
[1972 Code § 5-7; Ord. No. 09-30 § 5-7.1; Ord. No. 2016-41; amended 11-26-2019 by Ord. No. 19-29]
It shall be unlawful for any person or vehicle to be or remain in or upon any of the public parks, playgrounds, fields, rinks, courts, and parking areas in the Township between dusk of any day and dawn of the following day. The prohibition shall not apply to Township-sponsored events, and persons or organizations who are in possession of a valid permit issued by the Director of Recreation under this section to use the public parks, playgrounds, fields, rinks, courts or parking areas during specified hours. It shall be unlawful for any person to perform motor vehicle maintenance or repairs in or upon any of the public parks, playgrounds, fields, rinks, courts, and parking areas in the Township.
[1972 Code § 5-7; Ord. No. 09-30 § 5-7.2]
A permit shall be required for the use of a public park, playground, field, rink or court within the Township, under any of the following circumstances:
a. 
When there are more than 15 participants and/or spectators in attendance, said number may be increased or decreased by the Director of Recreation, in his or her sole discretion. The Director shall evaluate each public park, playground, field, rink and court to determine the maximum number of participants and/or spectators for purposes of requiring a permit.
b. 
When any equipment required to be installed temporarily, on the public parks, playgrounds, fields, rinks or courts, including but not limited to soccer goals, volleyball net and the lining of any field. No permanent installations of any equipment shall be permitted.
c. 
When any public park, playground, field, rink or court will be used for any purpose other than that for which it was specifically created.
d. 
When the public park, playground, field, rink or court will be used for organized games. For purpose of this section, games will be considered organized if: (i) there is a referee, umpire or other official; (ii) teams are part of a league; (iii) teams have uniforms; (iv) there is a charge to any team or player for participating; (v) there are trophies, medals or other prizes offered to individuals or teams; (vi) spectators are invited; or (vii) a group of 10 or more of the same players or essentially the same players regularly gather to play at the same time and place.
e. 
When the use is sponsored by a business or organization.
f. 
When a person or group elects to reserve the public park, playground, field, rink or court for exclusive use for a period of time.
[Ord. No. 09-30 § 5-7.3]
The Director of the Department of Recreation is authorized to issue permits allowing the use of the public parks, playgrounds, fields, rinks and courts in the Township to such persons who submit an application in accordance with the following procedures:
a. 
The person or group of persons seeking issuance of the permit shall file an application in writing with the Department of Recreation, stating (i) the name and address of the applicant; (ii) the name and address of any person, business entity or association sponsoring the activity; (iii) the date and the hours for which the permit is desired; (iv) the public park, playground, field, rink or court, or any portion thereof, for which the permit is desired; (v) the type of game or activity for which the permit is desired; (vi) a reasonable estimate of the anticipated attendance; (vii) the anticipated age group of the expected participants; and (viii) such other information as may be reasonably required by the Director of Recreation.
b. 
Any applicant for a permit shall provide a Certificate of Insurance specifically naming the Township as an additional insured and additional loss payee, providing general liability, bodily injury and property damage coverage with minimum limits of liability not less than $1,000,000. The Certificate of Insurance will state that the Township will receive at least 15 days advance written notice prior to the cancellation or expiration of any insurance required for the issuance of the permit.
c. 
All permit holders shall be responsible for: (i) insuring that all participants and spectators adhere to park rules, and for summoning the police if individuals fail to do so; (ii) insuring that the public park, playground, field, rink or court is in a safe condition prior to allowing players to use same, and for reporting unsafe conditions to the Director of the Department of Recreation no later than one business day after its use; (iii) insuring that upon conclusion of the use, the public park, playground, field, rink or court is left in the same condition in which it was found, including the removal of any equipment, and cleanup and proper disposal of any litter; (iv) execution of an Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement in a form approved by the Township Director of Law, both on behalf of the organization and individually by each participant; and (v) compliance with any special conditions imposed by the Director of the Department of Recreation.
[Ord. No. 09-30 § 5-7.4]
The holder of a permit issued pursuant to this section shall have the exclusive right to utilize the public park, playground, field, rink or court for the date and time specified in the permit, and may, if necessary, require the removal of any person(s) who do not hold a permit.
[Ord. No. 09-30 § 5-7.5]
The Director of the Department of Recreation may refuse to issue a permit where the applicant has previously violated the terms or conditions of a permit. Additionally, the Director of the Department of Recreation may rescind a prior permit which has been previously issued where the applicant has made a material misrepresentation of any fact on the application, or for the violation of any term or condition of the permit.
[1972 Code § 5-7.4; Ord. No. 09-30]
It shall be unlawful, at all times, for any person to carry a glass container carrying any substance whatsoever in or upon any of the public parks, playgrounds, fields, rinks or courts within the Township.
[1975 Code § 5-7.5; Ord. No. 09-30]
It shall be unlawful to engage in any activity, other than roller hockey, street hockey or rollerblading, at any roller hockey rink located in the Township of Piscataway.
[1975 Code § 5-7.6; Ord. No. 09-30]
It shall be unlawful to engage in any activity, other than tennis at any tennis court located in the Township of Piscataway.
[1975 Code § 5-7.7; Ord. No. 09-30]
It shall be unlawful to engage in any activity, other than basketball at any basketball court located in the Township of Piscataway.
[Ord. No. 06-27]
It shall be unlawful to engage in any activity, other than baseball or softball, at any baseball field located in the Township of Piscataway.
[1972 Code § 5-13.1]
It shall be unlawful to drink or possess in an open or closed container any alcoholic beverage in any Township park or playground within the Township at any time.
[1972 Code § 5-13.2; New]
Notwithstanding anything hereinabove contained, the Director of Recreation or the Mayor may issue a permit for the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in a specific Township park or playground at a specific time or times. A permit shall be issued by the Director of Recreation or the Mayor in all cases in which the applicant demonstrates that the issuance of the requested permit does not adversely affect the public interest.
[1972 Code § 5-13.3; Ord. No. 13-28]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not less than $100 nor exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days or both, in the discretion of the court.
[1972 Code § 25-2.1; Ord. No. 04-49 § 1; Ord. No. 08-07; Ord. No. 08-35 § 25-2.1; Ord. No. 13-28; Ord. No. 2016-41]
a. 
Tennis instruction: adults: $40 per person; children: $20 per person for programs as may be operated by the division.
b. 
Team fees for recreational leagues are as follows:
Over "35" League
$450
Men's Industrial League
$450
Women's Industrial League
$450
Adult Volleyball League
$225
c. 
Picnic fees. Picnic fees for Township parks shall be as follows:
Riverside Park
$225
Possumtown Park
$225
Columbus Park
$225
d. 
Fee for use of athletic facilities with open bathrooms:
First 2 hours
$30
Each additional hour after first 2 hours
$15
e. 
Fee for use of cricket pitches:
Season permit
$250
Single day fee
$50
f. 
Fee for return of unwashed/dry-cleaned uniforms: $10 per item.
An additional fee of $150 shall be charged to any individual seeking a permit to allow the consumption of alcohol during the use of the Township park. The Township may waive the fee for governmental agencies or political subdivisions.
g. 
Fees for the Piscataway Township Community Center and Spray Park.
[Added 3-10-2020 by Ord. No. 2020-07]
1. 
As set forth in Schedule A (Resident Fees) and Schedule B (Non-Resident Fees), on file with the Township Clerk as may be amended by ordinance from time to time.
2. 
The Township Business Administrator may, in their sole discretion, waive said fees, in whole or in part, for promotional programs, special events, on the basis of need, or for other unique circumstances.
[1972 Code § 27-1]
The public use of a portion of Columbus Park known as "New Market Pond" and appurtenant waterways shall be subject to the following rules and regulations:
a. 
No motorized boats of any type shall be operated on New Market Pond. Rowboats, sailboats, canoes, paddleboats, and other types of non-motorized boats are permitted. Radio-controlled boats shall be permitted, provided that such boats do not have internal combustion engines.
b. 
To the extent practicable, any privately-owned boat should be registered with the appropriate agency of the State of New Jersey.
c. 
Boating shall be permitted during daylight hours and boating shall be prohibited after sundown.
d. 
No person shall operate any vessel in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life or limb of any person, or the property of any person.
e. 
No boat shall be operated in such a manner as to violate the United States Coast Guard Passenger Calculation Formula; the maximum number of people in any boat shall be consistent with that formula, and employees of the Department of Recreation shall have access to, and shall enforce, this formula.
f. 
The launching of private boats shall occur only in areas designated for that purpose.
g. 
No person shall swim in the pond at any time.
h. 
No person shall engage in underwater diving, with or without underwater breathing apparatus at any time.
i. 
Any ice-skating which takes place on the pond shall be conducted at the skater's own risk; no agency of the Township shall make any determination regarding the safety of the use of the pond for ice-skating purposes, or the thickness of ice.
j. 
No motor vehicle shall be parked appurtenant to the pond except in designated areas.
[1972 Code § 27-2]
Employees of the Department of Recreation and the Police Department shall have the authority to enforce these regulations, the breach of which shall create an offense cognizable in the Municipal Court of the Township.
[1972 Code §§ 5 — 8; 5-13.3; New]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be liable for the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.
[1972 Code § 33-1]
a. 
Every participant, parent(s) of a participant, coach and official shall be required to execute the Athletic Code of Conduct of the Township prior to attending, coaching, officiating or participating in any Piscataway Township Recreation Department athletic event or an athletic event sponsored by the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club.
b. 
The form of the Athletic Code of Conduct shall be as follows:
Preamble:
Youth sports programs play an important role in promoting the physical, social and emotional development of children. It is therefore essential for parents, coaches and officials to encourage youth athletes to embrace the values of good sportsmanship. Moreover, adults involved in youth sports events should be models of good sportsmanship and should lead by example by demonstrating fairness, respect and self-control.
I therefore pledge to be responsible for my words and actions while attending, coaching, officiating or participating in a Piscataway Township Recreation Department youth sports event or an athletic event sponsored by the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club and shall conform my behavior to the following code of conduct:
1. 
I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
2. 
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
3. 
I will not engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
4. 
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
5. 
I will not use drugs or alcohol while at a youth sports event and will not attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
6. 
I will not permit my child, or encourage any other person, to use drugs or alcohol at a youth sports event and will not permit my child, or encourage any other person, to attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
7. 
I will not engage in the use of profanity.
8. 
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in the use of profanity.
9. 
I will treat any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee with respect regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability.
10. 
I will encourage my child to treat any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee with respect regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability.
11. 
I will not engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
12. 
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
13. 
I will not initiate a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
14. 
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to initiate a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
I agree if I fail to conform my conduct to the foregoing while attending, coaching, officiating or participating in a Piscataway Township Recreation Department youth sports event or an athletic event sponsored by the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, I will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to the following, in any order or combination.
1.
Verbal warning issued by the Director of the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, as appropriate.
2.
Written warning issued by the Director of the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, as appropriate.
3.
Suspension or immediate ejection from a youth sports event issued by the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, as appropriate.
4.
Suspension from multiple youth sports events issued by the Director of the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, as appropriate.
5.
Season suspension or multiple season suspension issued by the Director of the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, as appropriate.
c. 
Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to apply to a nonresident of the Township of Piscataway attending or participating in a Piscataway Township Recreation Department sporting event or an athletic event sponsored by the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club.
[1972 Code § 33-2]
A coach, parent, player, participant, official or other youth sports event attendee who violates one or more of the provisions contained in the Athletic Code of Conduct set forth in subsection 12-7.1 may be banned from attending, coaching, officiating or participating in at least one Piscataway Township Recreation Department youth sporting event, or where applicable, at least one youth sporting event sponsored by the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, if the person:
a. 
Has been issued a prior written warning for violating one or more of the provisions contained in the Athletic Code of Conduct;
b. 
Violates the Athletic Code of Conduct by engaging in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee, or
c. 
Violates the Athletic Code of Conduct by initiating a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
[1972 Code § 33-3]
A coach, parent, player, participant, official or other youth sports event attendee may be permitted to attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event from which the person has been banned pursuant to the provisions of subsection 12-7.2, if the person:
a. 
Provides a written request for permission to resume participation or attendance to the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, or the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club;
b. 
Provides a written apology to the Piscataway Township Recreation Department or the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, and to the person or persons who were the subject of the behavior which constituted the violation of the Athletic Code of Conduct, as directed by the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club;
c. 
Demonstrates the completion, as required by the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club, of an anger management counseling program which satisfies the provisions of subsection 12-7.4; and
d. 
Satisfies any other requirement set forth by the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club.
[1972 Code § 33-4]
An anger management counseling program shall, at a minimum, offer services to individuals, singly or in groups, for the purposes of promoting anger control principles and shall be administered by an individual:
a. 
Licensed as a professional counselor pursuant to the provisions of the "Professional Counselor Licensing Act," N.J.S.A. 45:8B-33 et seq.; or
b. 
Licensed as a practicing psychologist pursuant to the provisions of the "Practicing Psychology Licensing Act," N.J.S.A. 45:14B-1 et seq.
Nothing contained in this section shall prohibit the Piscataway Township Recreation Department, the Piscataway Township Little League or the Piscataway Township Soccer Club from requiring a person banned pursuant to the provisions of this section to complete an anger management counseling program specified by such Board or Organization.
[Added 11-27-2018 by Ord. No. 18-25]
a. 
The governing body of the Township of Piscataway, in the County of Middlesex and State of New Jersey, in accord with the enabling legislation provided by Title 40A, Chapter 4, Local Budget Law, of the New Jersey Revised Statutes, hereby creates for and in the Township of Piscataway a recreation utility hereinafter known as the “Piscataway Township Recreation Utility.”
b. 
The duties of the Piscataway Township Recreation Utility are as follows:
1. 
The operation and maintenance of the Township of Piscataway’s recreation programs and facilities, and it shall be empowered to make such improvements as may be necessary to further the goals of the Piscataway Township Recreation Utility and issue bonds in connection therewith.
2. 
Shall have the authority to establish, charge, and collect fees for programs and services and for use of the recreation utility facilities.
3. 
Shall have all such other powers and duties as may be specified and prescribed in the enabling legislation heretofore referenced and in such other applicable law.