Borough of North Plainfield, NJ
Somerset County
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[Ord. #647, S 1]
Persons in the Green Acres Area shall comply with the following regulations.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railing, 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, either real or personal.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of six years shall use the restrooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall 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.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall 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.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall 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 grass areas, or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall 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.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird, nor shall be remove or have in his possession the young of any wild animal, or the eggs or nest, or young of any reptile or bird. Exception to the foregoing is made in that snakes, known to be deadly poisonous, or deadly reptiles, may be killed on sight.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person 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 water, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of the waters.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall have brought in or shall dump in, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, or refuse, or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to the Green Acres Area, or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided; where receptacles are not provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the Green Acres Area by the person responsible for its presence, and properly disposed of elsewhere.
[Ord. #647, S 1; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall drive any vehicle, motor powered or otherwise, on any area except the paved Green Acres Area roads or parking area, or such areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary areas by the Borough of North Plainfield.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such shall be in accordance with posted directions thereat and with the instruction of any attendant who may be present.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the Green Acres Area.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving or set against trees, or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by it.
[Ord. #647, S 1; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall swim, bathe, or wade in any waters or water ways in or adjacent to the Green Acres Area 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 hereinafter adopted. Nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designated for the purpose of swimming or bathing or congregate thereat when such activities are prohibited by the Borough of North Plainfield upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
[Ord. #647, S 1; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall frequent any waters or places designated for the purposes of swimming or bathing, or congregate thereat, except between such hours of the day as shall be designated by the Borough of North Plainfield for such purposes for each individual site.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall erect, maintain, use or occupy on or in any beach or bathing area any tent, shelter, or structure of any kind unless there shall be an unobstructed view into the tent, shelter, or structure from at least two sides, 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 outside thereof.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall allow himself to be so covered with a bathing suit so as to indecently expose his person.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall dress or undress on any beach or in any vehicle, toilet or other place, except in such bathing houses as may be provided for that purpose.
[Ord. #647, S 1; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall bring into 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 Borough of North Plainfield. Such activity shall be in accordance with applicable regulations as are now or hereafter may be adopted.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall 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.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall launch, dock, or operate any boat of any kind on any water between the closing hour of the Green Acres Area at night and the opening hour of the Green Acres Area the following morning, nor shall any person be on, remain on or in any boat during the closed hours of the Green Acres Area.
[Ord. #647, S 1; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall fish in any waters except in waters designated by the Borough of North Plainfield for that use and under such regulations and restrictions as have or may be prescribed by the Borough of North Plainfield.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall fish in any area where bathing is permitted.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
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. Shooting into the Green Acres Area beyond Green Acres Area boundaries is forbidden.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate the 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.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall violate the regulation that uses of individual fireplaces together with tables and benches follows the generally accepted rule of "First come, First served."
[Ord. #647, S 1; Ord. #99-10, S 3]
No person shall use any portion of the park or any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding events to the exclusion of other persons nor shall any person use such areas and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded, provided no single group of 20 or more persons shall use the park without first having obtained a permit.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall 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 Green Acres Area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
[Ord. #647, S 1; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall set up tents, shacks, or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in the Green Acres Area 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 Borough of North Plainfield for those purposes.
[Ord. #647, S 1; Ord. #99-10, S 4]
No person shall take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins, horseshoes, quoits, or model airplanes except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games, such as football, baseball and lacrosse is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor. Rollerskating shall be confined to those areas specifically designed for such pastime. There shall be no skateboarding and/or bike riding on the all-purpose paved area.
[Ord. #647, S 1]
No person shall ride a horse except on designated bridle trails, where permitted, horses shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained, and ridden with due care, and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended, nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree, or shrub.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
While in the Green Acres Area, all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and in particular, no person shall act in the following manner.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
No person shall possess or consume any alcoholic beverage without having obtained a special permit therefor, and provided that no person shall be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.
[Ord. #647, S 2; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall have in his possession, or set or otherwise discharge or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo rockets, or other fireworks, firecrackers, or explosives of inflammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such areas from lands or highways adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance or 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 Borough of North Plainfield, permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in designated areas.
[Ord. #647, S 2; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall be responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal into areas clearly marked by the Borough of North Plainfield 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 such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than six (6') feet in length.
[Ord. #647, S 2; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall occupy any seat or bench, or enter into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or any other structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated by the Borough of North Plainfield for use of the opposite sex. Exception is made for children under six years of age.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
No person shall appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
No person shall solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
[Ord. #647, S 2; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Borough of North Plainfield. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other inflammable material within the Green Acres Area or on any highways, roads, or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
No person shall 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.
[Ord. #647, S 2; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall gamble, or participate in any game of chance except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Borough of North Plainfield.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
No person shall 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.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
No person shall sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or other areas or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach the public peace.
[Ord. #647, S 2; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person shall fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Borough of North Plainfield he claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
No person shall disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
[Ord. #647, S 2; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
No person 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. Exception is here made as to any licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Borough of North Plainfield.
[Ord. #647, S 2]
No person 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 the Green Acres Area.
[Ord. #647, S 3; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, the Green Acres Area shall be open to the public every day of the year during the designated hours. The opening and closing hours shall be posted therein for public information and shall be determined by resolution of the Borough of North Plainfield. No one shall be permitted in the Green Acres Area without special permit after dark.
[Ord. #647, S 3; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
Any section or part of the Green Acres Area may be declared closed to the public by the Borough of North Plainfield at any time and for any interval of time, either temporary or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise) and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the Borough of North Plainfield shall find reasonably necessary.
[Ord. #647, S 4; Ord. #99-10, SS 1, 5-7; Ord. No. 2015-11]
Permits for special events in the Green Acres Area shall be obtained by application to the Borough of North Plainfield in accordance with the following procedure:
a. 
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Borough of North Plainfield stating:
1. 
The name and address of the applicant;
2. 
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity; if any;
3. 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired;
4. 
The portion of the Green Acres Area for which such a permit is desired;
5. 
Any other information which the Borough of North Plainfield shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
b. 
Standards for issuance of a use permit by the Borough of North Plainfield shall include the following findings:
1. 
The proposed activity or use of the Green Acres Area will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the Green Acres Area;
2. 
The proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation;
3. 
The proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct;
4. 
The proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Borough;
5. 
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the date and hour requested on the application.
6. 
The Commission reserves the right to charge a fee for the use permit.
c. 
All leagues must apply to the Borough of North Plainfield for a permit to have league games in the park. The league(s) must also provide the Board with evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to the members of the general public arising out of such permitted league activities in such amounts as may be determined by the Board.
d. 
Within five days after the receipt of an application, the Borough of North Plainfield 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 Council by serving written notice thereof on the Borough Clerk within five days of the refusal.
A copy of the notice shall also be served on the Borough of North Plainfield within the same time and the commission shall immediately forward the application and the reasons for its refusal to the Council which shall consider the application under the standards set forth under paragraph b above and sustain or overrule the Borough of North Plainfield decision within 15 days from the receipt of the appeal by the Borough Clerk. The decision of the Council shall be final.
[Ord. #647, S 4]
A permittee shall be bound by all Green Acres rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in the permits.
[Ord. #647, S 4; Ord. No. 2015-11]
The person 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 persons to whom such permit shall have been issued. The Borough of North Plainfield 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 such permitted activities in such amounts as may be determined by the Commission prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
[Ord. #647, S 4; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
The Borough of North Plainfield shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance, or upon good cause shown.
[Ord. #647, S 5; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
The Borough of North Plainfield and attendant shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this Chapter.
[Ord. #647, S 5; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
The Borough of North Plainfield and any attendant shall have the authority to eject from the Green Acres Area any person acting in violation of this Chapter.
[Ord. #647, S 5; Ord. #99-10, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-11]
The Borough of North Plainfield and any attendant shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing, or device in the Green Acres Area, or used, in violation of this Chapter.
[Ord. #647, S 5]
This Chapter shall also be enforced by the Police Department of the Borough.
[Ord. #647, S 6]
No owner or driver shall cause or permit his vehicle to stand outside of designated parking spaces, except for a reasonable time to take up or discharge passengers or equipment. No motor vehicle shall be parked in the parking areas from 1/2 hour after sunset until sunrise, except as otherwise permitted.
[Ord. #647, S 7; Ord. #647A, S 1; Ord. #95-10, S 5]
As used in this Section:
GREEN ACRES AREA
Shall mean the land between Rockview Avenue and Greenbrook Road as described in Ordinance No. 558-A adopted by the Council of the Borough of North Plainfield on March 18, 1968, hereby designated as Green Acres Park; and Lot 1 in Block 199.01 and Lot 4 in Block 199.02 on the Tax Map of the Borough, commonly known and hereby designated as Vermeule Park, with the exception of the building commonly known as the Senior Citizen/Community Center.
[Ord. #647, S 8; New]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto, shall upon conviction be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged Green Acres property and shall be subject to a penalty as established in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.