Town of Secaucus, NJ
Hudson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Secaucus 8-26-75. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PARK
Any public park, open space, playground or other place used for active or passive recreational use, situated within the Town of Secaucus, which is opened to the public and under town jurisdiction.
No person shall vandalize, deface, displace, remove, destroy or tamper with any structure, roadway, equipment or property of any nature or kind located in or about any park.
No person shall destroy, cut, injure or remove any vegetation, tree, plant or other natural growth, nor shall any person take, dig, remove or carry away any plant, earth, stone or other material, except upon proper authorization of the governing body.
[Amended 7-27-10 by Ord. No. 2010-27]
No person shall climb any tree or walk, stand or sit upon monuments, planters, fountains, railings, fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purpose.
No person shall grill food without a permit issued pursuant to Section 97-17.
No person shall hunt, molest, harm or in any manner disturb or annoy any animal, fish, wildlife or bird which may be found in any park.
No person shall throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, 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.
No person shall dump, deposit or leave any bottles, ashes, paper, dirt, rubbish or any other form of refuse or trash in any park. No such refuse or trash shall be left anywhere on grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles.
A. 
No person shall operate a vehicle in any park at a rate of speed in excess of 10 miles per hour and only on roadways designated for such use.
B. 
Vehicles shall be parked only in established parking areas and in accordance with any posted directions; provided, however, that vehicles shall not be permitted to park within Schmidt's Woods Park, except in connection with an event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to § 97-17 herein.
[Amended 3-22-77]
C. 
No unauthorized vehicles shall be permitted in any park during the hours such park is closed as specified in § 97-19.
D. 
No unlicensed vehicle shall be permitted in any park.
No person shall swim, bathe or wade in any waters 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 may be effective or hereinafter adopted.
A. 
No person shall carry or possess firearms of any description, air rifles, spring guns, slings or other forms of weapons potentially hazardous or dangerous to wildlife or human safety in any park, except as specified below.
Bow and arrows shall not be permitted to be carried in a park, except in areas specifically designated for the sport of archery or to or from said designated area, and only by a person who has obtained a permit for use of the range area from the Town of Secaucus. Bows and arrows shall be transported and carried unloaded and contained in a closed and fastened case, and in compliance with any and all state regulations for their transportation and carrying.
[Amended 7-27-10 by Ord. No. 2010-27; 6-28-16 by Ord. No. 2016-15]
B. 
No person shall kindle or build a fire, except in fire-places, outdoor cooking grills or similar devices expressly provided or designed for that purpose.
No person shall sell or offer for sale any object or merchandise, or solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private, in a park unless a permit therefor shall have been issued by the Recreation Department, pursuant to § 97-17 herein.
No person shall play or take part in any game involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, arrows, javelins or horseshoes, except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation.
No person shall post, place or put any bill, sign, notice, placard or other encumbrance on any tree, fountain, fence, post or other structure in any park, unless authorization is obtained from the Recreation Department.
[Amended 5-12-92 by Ord. No. 92-15]
No person shall consume or bring alcoholic beverages into any park within the Town of Secaucus.
Indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, excessive noise, riot, breach of the peace and the use of profane language is expressly forbidden in all parks and playgrounds of the town.
No picnics may be held upon or in any park except in those sections set apart for that purpose. No refreshments of any kind shall be sold or offered to sale in connection with a picnic or other event, except as authorized by permit.
A. 
No picnics, parades, processions, exercises or other activities which are intended to attract in excess of six people shall be permitted within any park unless a permit shall have been first obtained from the Recreation Department.
[Amended 7-27-10 by Ord. No. 2010-27]
B. 
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall submit an application to the Recreation Department stating:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(2) 
The name and address of the person(s), corporation or association sponsoring the activity.
(3) 
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
(4) 
The park or portion thereof for which the permit is desired.
(5) 
Whether or not any food, beverage or other items will be offered for sale.
(6) 
Any other information which the Recreation Department shall deem reasonably necessary for the issuance of a permit.
C. 
Standards for the issuance of a permit by the Recreation Department shall include the following:
(1) 
That the proposed activity or use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general enjoyment of the park.
(2) 
That the proposed activity or use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare or safety.
(3) 
That the proposed activity or uses that are anticipated will not promote violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
D. 
Within five days after the receipt of an application the Recreation Department shall advise the applicant of its decision. If a permit is denied, the Recreation Department shall specify in writing the reasons for the denial, and an aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal to the governing body within 10 days of such denial.
E. 
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were recited in said permit.
A. 
The person(s), corporation or association to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for all loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of negligence of the party to whom such permit shall have been issued. The Town of Secaucus shall be held harmless from any damages which may be incurred resulting from the negligent act or omission of the permit holder.
B. 
The Recreation Department shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of a violation of any law, ordinance or regulation, or upon good cause shown.
[Amended 6-26-12 by Ord. No. 2012-22]
No person shall remain, stay or loiter in any park, except as hereinafter provided, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., unless authorization is obtained pursuant to § 97-17 hereof. The prohibited hours of use for Buchmuller Park shall be 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. The prohibited hours for use of the Buchmuller Park Little League Field shall be 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Any person found to be present during said hours shall be advised of said prohibition and given a reasonable amount of time to leave the park. Refusal to leave a park subsequent to the aforementioned warning shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
[Added 10-24-89 by Ord. No. 89-44; amended 2-27-90 by Ord. No. 90-3; 7-27-93 by Ord. No. 93-40]
A. 
No person shall be permitted to enter or remain at the basketball courts in Buchmuller Park, Secaucus, New Jersey, except residents of the Town of Secaucus upon presenting proof of residency within the Town of Secaucus.
Such proof of residency shall be shown upon demand to any Secaucus Police Officer, Secaucus park/recreation attendant, or any member or employee of the Secaucus Recreation Department.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following identification proving residency shall be acceptable: Secaucus school or other school identification card with photograph, identification card with photograph issued by the Secaucus Youth Center, driver's license with photograph, or in the event that such person does not have identification consistent with the foregoing, any other two legal identifications, such as, but not limited to, a driver's license without photograph, voter's registration card, library card, etc.
The Secaucus Recreation Department may promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate the foregoing, and the same shall be valid upon resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Town of Secaucus approving the same.
B. 
Any person who enters or remains at the basketball courts in Buchmuller Park, Secaucus, New Jersey, except a resident of the Town of Secaucus presenting proof of such residency within the Town of Secaucus, consistent with the previous paragraphs, and who enters or remains at said location contrary to actual communication to such person or contrary to the signs excluding such person, shall be deemed to have committed a criminal trespass in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3 and any amendments or supplements thereto.
[Added 5-22-90 by Ord. No. 90-13; amended 7-27-93 by Ord. No. 93-40; repealed 6-28-16 by Ord. No. 2016-15]
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Editor's Note: The repeal of § 90-19B shall not affect or prevent the prosecution or punishment of any person for any act done or committed in violation of any ordinance hereby repealed.
[Added 5-27-03 by Ord. No. 2003-11]
A. 
Definitions.
COASTER
A footboard mounted upon two or more wheels and guided by an upright steering handle. This device is propelled by the user in an upright position and may be propelled by a small electric or combustion engine.
CYCLES
A vehicle consisting of a tubular metal or composite tubular frame mounted on a wheel or wheels and equipped with handlebars and/or a saddle like seat; propelled by foot pedals or a small electric or combustion engine.
ROLLER SKATES
A pair of shoes, mounted upon sets of wheels most often propelled by the user in an upright, standing position or kneeling.
SKATEBOARDS
A footboard mounted upon four or more wheels propelled by the user who sometimes stands, sits, kneels, or lays upon it while it is in motion.
B. 
Use of cycles, skateboards, skates and coasters prohibited in designated outdoor public areas. The use of cycles, skateboards, skates and coasters is prohibited in the following areas:
(1) 
Buchmuller Park and all sidewalks, walkways, driveways and parking areas bordering thereon.
C. 
Penalties. It is intended that this section will be codified as part of Chapter 97, Parks, of the Code of the Town Secaucus, and that a violation hereof will result in penalties as set forth in Section 97-20 of the Code of the Town of Secaucus.
[Added 7-27-10 by Ord. No. 2010-27]
Schmidt's Woods Park can be used only by Secaucus residents or pool members.
A. 
No person shall be permitted to enter or remain at Schmidt's Wood Park, Secaucus, New Jersey, except residents of the Town of Secaucus, upon presenting proof of residency within the Town of Secaucus or those with valid current pool memberships for the Town of Secaucus.
Such proof of residency shall be shown upon demand to any Secaucus Police Officer, Secaucus park/recreation attendant, or any member or employee of the Secaucus Recreation Department.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following identification proving residency shall be acceptable: Secaucus school or other school identification card with photograph, identification card with photograph issued by the Secaucus Youth Center, driver's license with photograph, or in the event that such person does not have identification consistent with the foregoing, any other two legal identifications, such as, but not limited to, a driver's license without photograph, voter's registration card, library card, etc.
The Secaucus Recreation Department may promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate the foregoing, and the same shall be valid upon resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Town of Secaucus approving the same.
B. 
Any person who enters or remains at the pool in Schmidt's Woods Park, Secaucus, New Jersey, except a resident of the Town of Secaucus presenting proof of such residency within the Town of Secaucus, consistent with the previous paragraphs, and who enters or remains at said location contrary to actual communication to such person or contrary to the signs excluding such persons, shall be deemed to have committed a criminal trespass in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3 and any amendments or supplements thereto.
[Added 6-28-16 by Ord. No. 2016-15]
A. 
Residents of the Town of Secaucus must register with the Town Clerk or the Department of Recreation on an application form approved by the Town Administrator or Administrator's designee in order to use or take part in archery activities at the Secaucus Archery Range. Any fee schedule to obtain a permit for use of the Secaucus Archery Range shall be kept on file with the Town Clerk.
B. 
The Town of Secaucus and the Secaucus Police Department may promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate the foregoing and for the safe use of the Secaucus Archery Range. Same shall be valid upon filing said rules and regulations with the Town Clerk.
C. 
Upon proper registration and the provision of documentation in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the Town of Secaucus and the Secaucus Police Department, a permit will be issued to a participant for the use of the Secaucus Archery Range.
D. 
Said permit shall be presented by a participant to any Secaucus Police Officer, Secaucus park/recreation attendant or any member or employee of the Town of Secaucus Recreation Department upon request while at the Secaucus Archery Range.
E. 
It shall be a violation to use or remain at the Secaucus Archery Range except in conformity with the previous paragraphs and in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Town of Secaucus.
[Amended 7-27-93 by Ord. No. 93-40]
A. 
Adult offenders. Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed 90 days, or both, as deemed appropriate by the Secaucus Municipal Court.
B. 
Juvenile offenders. Upon violation of any provisions of this chapter, a juvenile shall be issued a verbal warning setting forth the nature of the violation. Upon a second violation, the juvenile's parents or guardian shall be notified of the violation by the Secaucus Police Department. Upon the third or any subsequent violation of this chapter, such juvenile shall be charged for having violated the same by the Secaucus Police Department using a juvenile complaint form or similar form, returnable in the Juvenile Court of Hudson County.
C. 
Notwithstanding any other provision of Section 97-20A and Section 97-20B, hereof, any person violating Section 97-19A Subsection B or Section 97-19B. Subsection B shall be subject to such penalties as authorized by the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, as the court of appropriate jurisdiction may impose.