Township of Fairfield, NJ
Essex County
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[1969 Code § 45B-1; Ord. No. 748]
No person, except employees in the performance of their official duties or officers of the Township, shall be on the premises of the Fairfield Pool or any Township park when such facilities are closed.
[1969 Code § 45B-2; Ord. No. 748]
The effectiveness of this section shall be contingent upon signs being erected at the principal entrance of the facility, stating the times of closing and opening thereof.
[1969 Code § 45B-3; Ord. No. 748]
No person shall ride any mini bide, dirt bike, motorcycle or motor vehicle on any Township owned property, other than streets in accordance with New Jersey Statutes applicable thereto.
[1969 Code § 45B-4; Ord. No. 818]
This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Fairfield Recreation Regulations."
[1969 Code § 45B-5; Ord. No. 818]
As used in this section:
BEVERAGE CONTAINER
Shall mean a container designed to contain and be sold to consumers containing beer, malt, beverage, wine, distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages, mineral water, soda water, juice or carbonated or non-carbonated soft drink of any variety in liquid form and intended for human consumption but shall not include containers to be used in feeding infants nor containers containing prescription and/or nonprescription drugs.
DRIVER; OPERATOR
Shall mean any person who propels, operates or is in charge of a vehicle.
PARK
Shall mean a park, reservation, playground, recreation center or any other area in Fairfield owned or used by the Township, devoted to active or passive recreation.
PERMIT
Shall mean any written license issued by or under the authority of the Superintendent or his designee, permitting the performance of specified act or acts.
PERSON
Shall mean any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
SUPERINTENDENT
Shall mean the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation appointed by the Mayor. "Superintendent," as used in this section shall also mean his designee where appropriate.
VEHICLE
Shall mean any wheeled conveyance, whether motorpowered, animal-drawn or self-propelled. The term shall include any trailer in tow of any size, kind or description. Exception is made for baby carriages and vehicles in the service of the Township and devices customarily used by the handicapped such as wheelchairs.
[1969 Code § 45B-6; Ord. No. 818]
In the interpretation of the Fairfield Recreation Regulations, the provisions shall be construed as follows:
a. 
Any term in the singular shall include the plural;
b. 
Any term in the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter;
c. 
Any requirement or prohibition of any act shall, respectively, extend to and include the causing or procuring, directly or indirectly, of such act;
d. 
No provision hereof shall make unlawful any act necessarily performed by any officer or employee of the Township in the line of duty or work, as such, or by any person, his agents, or employees, in the proper and necessary execution of the terms of any agreement with the Fairfield Recreation Regulations.
e. 
Any act otherwise prohibited by the Fairfield Recreation Regulations, provided that it is not otherwise prohibited by law or local ordinance, shall be lawful if performed under the provisions of a permit so to do and to the extent authorized thereto.
[1969 Code § 45B-7; Ord. No. 818]
a. 
Buildings and Other Property.
1. 
Disfiguration and Removal. No person in a park shall willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any building, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, paving or paving material, waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatever, whether real or personal.
2. 
Rest Rooms and Washrooms. No person in a park shall fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition.
3. 
Removal of Natural Resources. No person in a park shall dig or remove any soil, rock, stones, trees, shrubs or plants, down timber or other wood or materials, or make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting or other means or agency.
4. 
Erection of Structures. No person in a park shall construct or erect any building or structure of any kind, whether permanent or temporary in character except on special written permit issued by the Township Engineer. The proposed structure shall not interfere with the use of the park by the general public or be in any manner dangerous or unsightly and shall comply with the appropriate building and safety codes.
b. 
Trees, Shrubbery and Lawns.
1. 
Injury and Removal. No person in a park shall damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark or pick the flowers or seeds of any tree or plant; nor shall any person attach any rope, wire or other contrivance to any tree or plant. No person shall dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
2. 
Hitching of Animals. No person in a park shall tie or hitch a horse or other animal to any tree or plant.
c. 
Wild Animals and Birds.
1. 
Hunting. No person in a park shall hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, reptile or bird; nor remove or have in his possession the young of any wild animal or the eggs or nest or young of any reptile or bird; nor collect, remove, have in his possession, give away, sell or offer to sell or buy or offer to buy or accept as a gift, any specimen alive or dead of any of the group of tree snails. Exception to the foregoing is made for snakes known to be poisonous.
2. 
No person in a park shall give or attempt to give to any animal or bird any tobacco, alcohol or other known noxious substances or have any animals feed off the grounds.
[1969 Code § 45B-8; Ord. No. 818]
a. 
Pollution of Waters. No person in a park shall 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 waters, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of such waters.
b. 
Refuse and Trash. No person in a park shall dump, deposit or leave any material or debris, whether organic or inorganic. No refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but may be placed in the proper receptacles provided therefor. If receptacles are not so 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.
c. 
Glass Beverage Containers. Use or possession of glass beverage containers is hereby prohibited within the confines of all parks. This prohibition also applies to use of glass beverage containers in motor vehicles. Any persons violating this subsection shall be subject to a fine of not more than $50 for each occurrence in violation of this subsection.
d. 
Vehicles; Washing or Repair. No person in a park shall wash any vehicle or repair any vehicle except for emergency situations.
[1969 Code § 45B-9; Ord. No. 818; Ord. No. 861]
a. 
State Motor Vehicle Act. All provisions of the New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Act and traffic laws will apply in park access roads and parking areas and will be strictly enforced, with such further restrictions as hereinafter stated.
b. 
Vehicles Confined to Roads. No person in a park shall drive any vehicle on any area except the paved park roads or parking areas where allowed or such other areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary parking areas by the Superintendent.
c. 
Commercial Vehicles. No person in a park shall operate a commercial vehicle through a park except with a special park permit designated by the Superintendent and who has obtained a permit from the Township Health Department.
d. 
Bicycles Confined to Roads. No person in a park shall ride a bicycle on other than a paved vehicular road or path designated for that purpose. A bicyclist is permitted to wheel or push a bicycle by hand over any grassy area or wooded trail or on any paved area reserved for pedestrian use.
e. 
Snowmobiles Prohibited. No motorized vehicles or snowmobiles will be permitted in the parks.
f. 
Overnight Parking. No motor vehicle shall be parked overnight upon park premises.
g. 
Driving Instruction. No person shall use park premises for the purpose of instructing or learning to drive a motor vehicle.
[1969 Code § 45B-10; Ord. No. 818]
a. 
Bathing and Swimming.
1. 
Designated Areas. No person in a park shall swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any park except in such waters and at such places as are provided therefor and in compliance with such regulations as are herein set forth or may be hereafter adopted; nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing or congregate thereat when such activity is prohibited by the Superintendent upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
2. 
Certain Hours. No person in a park shall frequent any waters or places designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing or congregate thereat, except between such hours of the day as shall be designated by the Superintendent for such purposes for each individual area.
b. 
Boating.
1. 
Designated Areas. No person in a park shall bring into or operate any boat, raft or other watercraft, whether motor-powered or not, upon any waters, except at places designated for boating by the Superintendent. Such activity shall be in accordance with applicable regulations as are now or may hereafter be adopted.
c. 
Fishing.
1. 
No person shall fish in any water or waterways in or adjacent to any park waterways, except at such places provided therefor and in compliance with applicable regulations as are now or may hereafter be adopted.
d. 
Camping. There shall be no camping or setting up of tents without a permit.
e. 
Games and Sports. No person in a park shall participate in games, contests and sports except in areas designated for such use, and in no case shall such use be permitted in areas where lawns or planting may be injured or where such activity may interfere with park or playground regulations.
f. 
Motorized Toys. There shall be no motorized model airplanes, no motorized toy vehicles or boats (unless authorized).
g. 
Horses. No horses are allowed in a park.
[1969 Code § 45B-11; Ord. No. 818; Ord. No. 861; Ord. No. 2011-08]
a. 
Prohibited Activities. The following are a list of prohibitive activities on Fairfield Township's parks, playgrounds, and within the municipal pool facility:
1. 
Intoxicating Beverages, Barbiturates or Narcotics. No person shall bring in, possess or consume any beer, alcoholic beverages, narcotics or barbiturates in any park, playground, or pool facility.
2. 
Smoking. No smoking is permitted in any park, playground, or at the pool facility at any time.
3. 
Dogs and Domestic Animals. Dogs or any domestic animals are not permitted in park, playground, or pool facility areas at any time.
4. 
Fires. No fires shall be allowed in any park, playground, or pool facility for any purpose.
5. 
Closed Areas. No person in a park, playground, or pool facility shall enter or drive in an area posted as "Closed to the Public," nor shall any person use or abet the use of any area in violation of posted notices.
6. 
Going Onto Ice. No person in a park, playground, or pool facility shall go onto the ice on any of the waters except such areas as are designated, and provided that a safety signal is displayed.
7. 
Exhibit Permits. No person in a park, playground, or pool facility shall fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Superintendent he claims to have upon request of any Township official who desires to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
8. 
Interference with Permittees and Other Park Users. No person in a park, playground, or pool facility shall disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under authority of a valid permit or any party making valid use of park, playground, or pool facilities.
9. 
No person shall have in his possession or use or employ any firecracker, torpedo, firework or explosive of any kind or nature whatsoever, or use or employ any bow or arrow, slingshot or weapon whose propelling force is a spring or air, without prior written permission from a designated recreation representative.
10. 
No person, not duly authorized by law, shall discharge or use or employ or have possession of any firearms in any park, playground, or pool facility.
11. 
No person shall play, wager or participate in any game of chance or have possession of any instrument or device for gambling in any park, playground, or pool facility. This does not include competition in organized activities or sporting contests.
12. 
No person, not employed by recreation, shall go within the shrubbery or climb trees, walls or fences. No persons are to protractedly lounge or sleep on the benches, seats or other areas in any park, playground, or pool facility.
13. 
No person shall conduct a public gathering without prior notice to the Recreation Department in any park, playground, or pool facility.
14. 
No unauthorized person shall loiter in or be present on the premises, except during the hours when the premises are open to the public.
15. 
All picnic parties and all assemblages of persons shall occupy only those grounds or areas designated to them.
16. 
No person shall use loud, violent, obscene or profane language or act in a disorderly or lewd manner.
17. 
No person shall use or play with golf clubs or golf balls.
18. 
No person on or within the premises shall throw stones or other projectiles, except as part of a permitted activity.
19. 
No person shall throw, hit or project any ball or projectile of any kind except in areas designated therefore and shall not, under any circumstances, intentionally cause any ball or projectile to land on or strike private property outside of the designated area or the park. Each person using a ball or other projectile shall take such care as is necessary to prevent it from being propelled beyond the limits of the designated area or onto public or private property.
b. 
Violations and Penalties. The Police Department and/or municipals officials, including park employees, are given full authority to issue violations of any paragraph of subsection of 24-2.8. Any person violating this subsection shall be liable to a fine of not more than $50 for the first occurrence in violation of this subsection. Every and all subsequent violations shall carry a penalty of not more than $200.
[1969 Code § 45B-12; Ord. No. 818]
a. 
Solicitation and Literature Distribution Prohibited. Political activity, solicitation for donations or distribution or display of handbills, cards or advertisements of any nature is prohibited.
b. 
Vending and Peddling. No person in a park shall expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall be station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing, except under the authority and regulation of the Superintendent.
c. 
Advertising. No person in a park shall announce, advertise or call the public attention in any way to any article or service for sale or hire.
d. 
Signs. No person in a park shall paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
[1969 Code § 45B-13; Ord. No. 818]
a. 
Hours. Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks shall be open to the public every day of the year during designated hours. The opening and closing hours for each individual park shall be posted therein for public information. No person shall be in any Township park or playground except during hours permitted as posted or between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
b. 
Closed Areas. Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Superintendent at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals whether daily or otherwise and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the Superintendent finds reasonably necessary.
c. 
Permit Issuance and Exemption. All permits and special permission for exemptions from any rules and regulations as set forth herein shall be issued by the Superintendent. All permits and special permissions shall be either printed or written and be signed by the Superintendent.
1. 
Application. A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the office of the Superintendent. The application shall state:
(a) 
The name and address of the applicant;
(b) 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any;
(c) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired;
(d) 
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired;
(e) 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance;
(f) 
Any other information which the Superintendent finds reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
2. 
Standards for Issuance. The Superintendent shall issue a permit hereunder when he finds that:
(a) 
The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park;
(b) 
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation;
(c) 
The proposed activity or use is not reasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct;
(d) 
The proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense of Police operation by the Township;
(e) 
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the day and hour required in the application.
3. 
Appeal. Within five days after receipt of an application, the Superintendent shall apprise an applicant in writing of his reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal in writing within five days to the Town Administrator who shall consider the application under the standards set forth in subsection 24-2.10c2 hereof and sustain or overrule the Superintendent's decision within 10 days. The decision of the Town Administrator shall be final.
4. 
Effect of Permit. A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in the permits.
5. 
Liability of Permittee. The person or persons to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any 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 Recreation Department shall not be liable in such instances.
6. 
Revocation. The Superintendent shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of a rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.
7. 
Ejectment. The Superintendent shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of any applicable ordinance or statute.
8. 
Seizure of Property. The Superintendent and Township officers and any park attendant shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park, or used in violation of any applicable ordinance or statute.
[1969 Code § 45B-14; Ord. No. 818]
Fees for permits and for admission to the parks programs and activities may be charged as authorized by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
[1969 Code § 45B-15; Ord. No. 818; New]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall upon conviction be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged park property and shall be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.
[1969 Code § 45B-17; Ord. No. 818]
This chapter may be enforced by the Superintendent, park attendants or Municipal officers.
[Ord. No. 2009-16 § 1; Ord. No. 2011-09; Ord. No. 2011-20; Ord. No. 2012-05; Ord. No. 2016-04]
a. 
Purpose. This document embodies the policies and procedures which govern facility use and users in order to insure optimal maintenance of athletic fields and other recreational facilities, owned by the Township of Fairfield and by the Fairfield Board of Education, and to assure fair and efficient access to those facilities. The primary use of municipal recreation areas and facilities is for public recreation activities. Municipal facilities may be made available for activities during normal school hours if available and if not in conflict with maintenance of the facility or other community use. Factors to be considered in determining permission for use, as well as permission for type of use, are: current capital improvements or rehabilitation, regular maintenance, extent of wear and tear to be caused by use, coordination of uses, efficient scheduling, location of facility, and availability of services at a facility. All parties must comply with Federal and State anti-discrimination laws. All facility users shall comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws; such user shall pay all the costs, expenses, fines, penalties, and damages which may be imposed upon the owner of the property by reason of, or arising out of, the user's failure to fully and promptly comply with all legal requirements and observe all the provisions of this policy.
b. 
List of Facilities Governed. The outdoor athletic fields and outdoor and indoor recreational facilities within the Township of Fairfield are listed according to ownership as follows:
1. 
Board of Education Athletic Fields and Recreational Facilities.
School
Field/Facility
Stevenson
Athletic Fields (outdoor)
Gymnasium
Basketball Courts
(outdoor)
Churchill
Athletic Fields
Gymnasium
Basketball Courts
(outdoor)
2. 
Township Recreation Areas.
Locations
Field/Facility
Recreation Complex
Tennis Courts
Basketball Courts
Athletic Fields
Pool Facility
Parking Lot
Bocce Courts
Munkacsy Field (formerly known as Plymouth Street field)
Baseball Field
Addison Park
Athletic Field
Lane Road
Athletic Field
This policy also applies to other field/facilities not listed above, now and in the future.
c. 
Priority of Use By Category.[1] Permits for field/facility use are issued by category in which the organization or event is placed. Category 1 user/event has priority over Category 2, 3 and 4 user/event. Permits must be available for review at time of field use.
1. 
Category I Permit/Use.
Recreation Directly Sponsored Activities.
These activities include all athletic and nonathletic program offerings and special events.
2. 
Category II Permit/Use.
Fairfield Teams in Established Leagues.
(a) 
These teams are independent organizations that have been established to serve the recreational interest of the participants. 75% of the host team must live or work full time in Fairfield. Indoor facility permits will be issued through the BOE Business Administrator. All outdoor permits will be issued through the Fairfield Recreation Department. A written roster, proof of insurance and a hold harmless agreement must be submitted at the time of application to the issuing entity. No permits will be issued unless this criterion is met.
(b) 
These teams are independent organizations that have been established to serve the recreational interest of the participants, however, less than 75% of the host team lives or works full time in Fairfield. Indoor facility permits will be issued through the BOE Business Administrator. All outdoor permits will be issued through the Fairfield Recreation Department. A written roster, proof of insurance and a hold harmless agreement must be submitted at the time of application to the issuing entity.
3. 
Category III Permit/Use.
(a) 
Private Group Field Requests. These groups are made up of citizens of Fairfield, or businesses based in Fairfield, who request the use of facilities on an occasional basis when space is available. 75% of host team must live or work full-time in Fairfield; a written roster and proof of insurance must be submitted at the time of application to the issuing entity. No permits will be issued unless this criteria is met.
(b) 
Private Groups and Privately Operated Programs Field Requests. These groups are made up of citizens of Fairfield, or businesses based in Fairfield, who request the use of facilities on an occasional basis when space is available. The host team is less than 75% of full-time Fairfield residents or work full-time in Fairfield. A written roster and proof of insurance must be submitted at the time of application to the issuing entity. No permits will be issued unless this criterion is met.
4. 
Private Group(s) and Privately Operated Programs(s) Field Requests. Township facilities may be made available for organizations, entities, individuals or groups for the purpose of providing recreational services to youth or adults if the event to be operated is on a for-profit basis. When these groups compete with Fairfield provided recreational activities it will be determined by the Fairfield Recreation Department if these field requests for private groups will be accepted.
5. 
Private Groups and Privately Operated Tournament Requests. Tournament requests will be decided by the Fairfield Recreation Department on an individual basis. The decision will be based on, but not limited to, park scheduling and field availability. The costs associated to a tournament request will be based on individual tournament needs and will be determined by the Fairfield Recreation Department.
[1]
All "Category 2 and 3" permits will bear the notice that a program carried on by a "Category 1" organization can claim priority in unusual circumstances. The Recreation Department reserves the right to request written copies of all team rosters, complete with names, addresses, phone numbers, and/or places of employment.
d. 
Allocation of Fields and Facilities. The fields/facilities use schedule created by the Recreation Director and/or the Board of Education Business Administrator will establish the opening and closing dates for field/facilities use as well as the period of time affected by that schedule. The schedule will serve as a permit for use of the facility named. Responsible officials within the Township (police, emergency services, parks department, and others) and within the BOE (building principals, custodial staff, and others) will receive a copy of the fields/facilities schedule.
The fields/facilities schedule will be divided into at least the following such parts: school days (after school until 5:30 p.m., school days after 5:30 p.m., Saturdays (a.m./p.m.) and Sundays (a.m./p.m.); they may be further subdivided if desired to accommodate needs and not to reserve more time than necessary for a function or event. Special note will be made of time slot variations due to special events (tournaments, town events, July 4th parade, and other Township/school events are examples).
Communication is the key to efficient maximization of use of scarce facilities. Consistent with that goal, any assigned user must notify the Recreation Director or the Director's designee, of expected non-use of a particular facility, at a particular time. Every effort should be made to do so at least seven calendar days in advance. This non-use does not apply to weather cancellations.
1. 
Gymnasium and Other Indoor Facilities. A seasonal schedule is prepared by the BOE Business Administrator and the Recreation Director. Communication/cooperation is the key to efficient maximization of use of the scarce facilities we have. Consistent with that goal, any assigned user must notify the Business Administrator or his designee of expected non-use of a particular facility at a particular time. Every effort should be made to do so at least seven calendar days in advance.
2. 
Notes Concerning Scheduling. Priority of assignment is made based upon the categories established in paragraph 3 above. Priority is given within a particular sport's designated "season". In-season sports have equal status to each other; out of season sports have equal status to each other. Recognizing that most sports have some program on more than an in-season basis, consideration should be made to accommodate the out-of-season sport's minimum necessary allocation for (a) games as a first priority and (b) practices as a second priority. Assignment of particular fields will be done with an effort towards accommodating such use rather than simply on a preference basis; efficient, coordinated use is the goal.
(a) 
Priority Assignment. Priority of assignment within Category 2 permits will be granted equitably to applicants who have submitted all required information and paperwork on dates of assignment. On the last business date of each month, such available time will be allocated to such users for the second following month (for example, on March 31 for the month of May). Applications for Category 3 permits will be assigned on a similar timetable.
(b) 
Game Delays. Youth sports activities are often subject to delays due to late arriving opponents and/or officials, or emergencies. In such cases, use may extend beyond the normal time. Likewise, overtime and extra innings can require additional time. Other users take their starting time subject to previous team's right to complete their games and with the knowledge that termination of the activity is not solely within the control of the representative. Practices may not delay the start of the next user session.
(c) 
Makeup Schedule. Under unusual circumstances, the Recreation Director has the right to bump a previously scheduled activity provided at least 24 hours' notice is given to the assigned user at the original site. Every effort should be made to limit such late rescheduling.
3. 
Field Closings Due to Weather.[2] All users of athletic fields are subject to the determination of field playing conditions on a daily basis. Determination is made on week-days at 3:30 p.m. and on weekends by 9:00 a.m. by the Recreation Director, or his assigned designee. Generally, all users are subject to the same standard for closure. Nevertheless, determination will be made on a field-by-field basis, as well as a user-by-user basis where conditions are such that some fields may be playable while others are not, and some users may do less damage by use than others. Final determination will be placed on the Recreation Department phone system 973-882-2745 after 3:30 p.m.
[2]
The Recreation Department's decision on field closings are extended to all BOE fields as well. Any failures to follow the decisions made will result in forfeiture of the offending organization's/team's remaining permit use without refund.
4. 
Special Events. Township of Fairfield is known to occasionally sponsor special events such as sport tournaments, July 4th parade and fireworks, Summer Concert Series, Town Day, and others. Every effort will be made to accommodate events that may coincide with Fairfield special events. Exceptions can only be granted by the Recreation Director.
e. 
Facility Use Rules and Regulations.
1. 
Use of any active recreation area by a group is authorized by permit only. Permits must be available for review at time of facility/field use.
2. 
Use of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances of any kind, use of profane, loud, threatening, insulting, indecent and abusive language is prohibited.
3. 
Use of amplifiers for music, announcements or otherwise is not permitted to be unreasonably loud. The limit to such volume must be so that it is barely audible 30 yards from the limits of the playing area. No public address systems may be used after 10:00 p.m. PA systems may be used for games at the Recreation Complex until 10:00 p.m. or the completion of half time (whichever is earlier). No loudspeaker use is permitted before 9:00 a.m.
4. 
Use of loudspeakers in all other cases will require a special use permit from the Recreation Director.
5. 
Athletic fields/facilities may not be used before 8:00 a.m. or after dusk, except where lights are utilized. The recreation complex has a 10:00 p.m. lights out time for all outdoor facilities. Practices and games should be scheduled to end before this time with the lights to be turned off as soon as the pick up of players allows.
6. 
All trash must be placed in proper receptacles. Users are expected to leave the facility in the same condition in which it was found, or better.
7. 
Concession sales are by separate permit only in compliance with all Township ordinances.
8. 
Warm-ups for the next scheduled event must be performed so as not to interfere with existing event and so as not to endanger the welfare of all participants, spectators and facilities.
9. 
All managers, coaches, or persons in charge of a group using the fields will be responsible for the conduct of all participants, spectators and others connected with the activity, including visiting teams and opponents.
10. 
Clothes must be changed in rest rooms only.
11. 
Additional permits for grills/cooking, or tents are needed as deemed by law, or local ordinance.
12. 
The Site Supervisor will make sure that the rest rooms are opened and fully stocked and that the field is cleaned up and free of debris. The Site Supervisor will require that all spectators stay in the stands and off of the fields.
f. 
Field Modifications. Any substantial proposed changes to fields or parks should be submitted to the Recreation Director to consider impact upon facility use. Those requested changes, along with a recommendation, will then be forwarded to the Recreation Commission for recommendation to the BOE Business Administrator and/or Township Council for consideration. This would include the development of active recreation areas from property not currently used for that purpose. It would include the installation of fences, structures, scoreboards, permanent stands and permanent lighting. It would not include the replacement of any current structure (an old backstop with a new one of roughly the same size) or the repair or replacement of existing fencing. These types of items will be the responsibility of the Recreation Director, or the BOE, or the Township Council. The placement location of all movable items (portable stands, soccer goals, batting cages, blocking sleds, temporary fencing, etc) will be the responsibility of the Recreation Director.
g. 
Permit Fees.[3]
1. 
Fairfield Township Athletic and Park Fields.
Half-day rental: 4 hours or less
Full day rental: more than 4 hours and less than 12 hours
Fee for Site Supervisor at all turf field rentals: $25: Two hours or less; $50 for a half-day rental; and $100 for a full day rental.
Category 2A and 3A Permit Fees:
$275 per team per season (half-day rental). Cost includes practice and game scheduling
$50 per field, for a daily use (half-day rental). Cost is for a single day(s) need if not in season or not applying for a season permit
Turf Field Rentals:
$100: 2-hour rental: 2 hours or less
$200: half-day rental: Between 2 and 4 hours
$400: full day rental: Between 4 and 12 hours
Park Field Rentals:
$200: 100 participants or less
$400: 101 participants or more
Category 2B and 3B Permit Fees:
$550 per team per season (half-day rental). Cost includes practice and game scheduling
$100 per field, for a daily use (half-day rental). Cost is for a single day(s) need if not in season or not applying for a season permit.
Turf Field Rentals:
$200: 2-hour rental: 2 hours or less
$400: half-day rental: Between 2 and 4 hours
$800: full day rental: Between 4 and 12 hours
Park Field Rentals:
$400: 100 participants or less
$800: 101 participants or more
Category 4 Permit Fees:
Turf Field Rentals:
$400: 2-hour rental: 2 hours or less
$800: half-day rental (half-day rental): between 2 and 4 hours
$1600: full day rental (full day rental): between 4 and 12 hours
Park Field Rentals:
$800: half-day rental (half-day rental)
$1,600: full day rental (full day rental)
Recreation Athletic Facility lights usage:
$75 (half-day)
$100 (full day)
2. 
Fairfield Township Tennis Courts:
Permit required for all resident and non-Fairfield resident
Permit Fee: No charge.
Permit holders will have priority use over non-permit users. Permit will also include participation, by volunteer, in a Fairfield Recreation's permit user database in order to assist tennis players in finding other registered tennis players.
3. 
Fairfield Township Pool. The pool facility can be rented for a fee of $300 after the pool season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) concludes and the pool is covered and the facility is properly closed down from the summer season.
4. 
Concession Rental Fees:
Season Usage
This does not include playoffs, tournaments, special events, etc.
Per Day Usage
Playoffs, tournaments, special events, etc.
Baseball
$400
$50 half-day
$100 full day
More than 4 hours
Football
$1,500
$250 half-day
$500 full day
More than 4 hours
Soccer
$400
$50 half-day
$100 full day
More than 4 hours
Private Organization
NA
$250 half-day
$500 full day
More than 4 hours
(a) 
A season is defined as Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter with an established league, not to exceed 13 weeks.
(b) 
Fields requests are not guaranteed and are based on availability. Fairfield reserves the right to approve or deny any application.
(c) 
Paperwork required:
(1) 
$20 Security Deposit
(2) 
Concession usage check
(3) 
Hold Harmless Agreement
(4) 
Concession Permit form
(5) 
Certificate of Insurance
(d) 
Certificate of Insurance must read — all persons or entities reserving concession stand must provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance specifically naming the Township of Fairfield, its officers, servants, agents and employees as additional insureds under said policy providing general liability, bodily injury and property damage coverage with minimum limits of liability not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence. Additionally, the annexed Hold Harmless must be executed.
5. 
Concession Rental Application.
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6. 
Fairfield BOE Athletic Fields and Recreational Facilities. Recreation may direct applicants to the Board of Education Business Administrator if the request does not fall within Fairfield Recreational responsibilities and/or fall within the above stated uses. The Fairfield Board of Education has the legal rights to enforce their own documented use requirements and permit costs.
See Checklist for Submission for complete application requirements which is included as an attachment to this chapter.
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Permits must be available for review at time of field/facility use