Township of Green, NJ
Sussex County
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Title. This chapter shall hereafter be known and cited as "Park and Public Property Rules and Regulations."
b. 
This chapter is enacted to establish rules and regulations for the protection, care and control of all public facilities including open space, Township buildings, parks, playgrounds and athletic fields in the Township and to regulate the conduct of persons on or within such public facilities.
c. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
1. 
Township facility or facilities:
Facilities include but not limited to:
EverGreen Park:
Main Soccer Field
Practice Soccer Field
Westra Field
Orr Field
Baseball Field
Basketball Court
Pavilion (w/o kitchen)
Pavilion (w/ kitchen)
Parking Lot
EverGreen Trail Park (field)
Wesley Field
Baseball Field (Little League)
Papa Park
Pittenger Park
Fireman's Field
Town Hall - Including Downstairs Meeting Room and parking lot
Greendell PO parking lot
Tranquility PO parking lot
Trinca Airport
2. 
Facilities user groups are defined as follows:
GROUP 1
Youth programs associated with GTSC or Green Township based non-profit youth organizations whose participants include 75% Green residents, have open registration (regardless of skill level), provide an "everyone participates" philosophy.
GROUP 2
Adult programs associated with GTSC or Green Township based non-profit adult programs whose participants include 75% Green Residents.
GROUP 3
Youth non-profit organizations who are unable to meet the Group 1 criteria.
GROUP 4
Adult non-profit organizations who are unable to meet the Group 2 criteria.
GROUP 5
Youth or adult programs/events that are not non-profit.
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Parks shall be open daily to the public from sunrise to sunset. No person shall enter or remain in any park before sunrise or after sunset. Vehicles shall not be left in facility parking areas overnight unless a permit is obtained from the Township Committee or their designated agent.
b. 
Permits are required for the use of any and all Township facilities, including parks or recreation areas or portions of these, by any persons and/or organizations wishing to use the facilities or parks for parties, assemblages, business or entertainment, or athletic events. Interested parties may apply to the Township Committee or its designated agent on a form supplied by the Township Clerk and, as further outlined in § 9-13 of this chapter.
c. 
Any section or part of a park or facility may be declared closed to the public at any time for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular intervals as deemed appropriate by the Township Committee or its designated agent.
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No person shall bring alcoholic beverages into or onto any Township facilities or possess or consume alcoholic beverages in or at any facility at any time.
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Except for certified guide or service dogs assisting their owner, no person shall bring, possess or harbor any pet or domestic animal of any nature on or into any Township facility, unless specifically set forth in this section.
b. 
Dog owners are required to remove all dog waste, and shall not deposit dog waste into Township and/or park garbage receptacles.
c. 
Leashed dogs shall be permitted only along EverGreen Trail and County Connector Rail to Trail (and not at EverGreen Park or any of the Park fields), as long as such dog is accompanied by a person over the age of 12 years and is controlled by an adequate leash or no more than six feet in length, per Township Code § 5-8.3.
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No person shall construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary, on any facility or run or string any public service utility into or across any facility or property, except on special written permit issued by the Township Committee or their designated agent.
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The possession or discharge of any and all firearms, explosives, firecrackers and projectiles, including but not limited to arrows on any facility, is prohibited at all times.
b. 
No person shall build or attempt to build a fire on the grounds of or in any facility.
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No person shall annoy, harass, hunt, pursue, capture, trap, take, wound or kill any wildlife at any facility by any means, including but not limited to firearms, long-or compound bow, traps, nets or snares.
b. 
No person shall fish in any facility area where bathing is permitted.
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No person shall throw or deposit litter or waste anywhere at any facility other than in public litter receptacles; this will include, but not be limited to, bodies of water in or adjacent to any facility or any tributary stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such waters.
b. 
Where public litter receptacles are not provided, all such rubbish and waste shall be carried away from the facility by the persons responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
c. 
No person shall possess glass containers or other glass objects at or around any facility or cause glass containers or glass objects to be brought into any facility.
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No person shall willfully mark, deface, disfigure, tamper with, displace or remove any trees, shrubs, plants, buildings, materials, public utility equipment, monuments, markers or other structures or equipment at any facility or facility's property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
b. 
No person shall fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms designated for public use at any facility.
c. 
No person shall climb any tree or stand or sit on any monument, vases, planters, fountains, railings, fences or other property not designated or customarily used for such purpose at any facility.
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The use of all motorized vehicles, including mopeds and all-terrain vehicles, is restricted to designated roadways and parking areas. Operation of such motorized vehicles in any other facility area is prohibited.
b. 
The speed limit on all park roadways and in all parking areas shall be 15 miles per hour.
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No person shall operate a non-motor powered vehicle without reasonable regard to the safety of others; this will include, but not be limited to, bicycles, skateboards and roller skates.
b. 
No person shall leave a non-motor powered vehicle at any facility or apparatus on the ground or paving or set against trees or in any place or position where others may trip over or be injured by it. Where available, all bicycles shall be placed in bike racks.
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Solicitation of alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private, shall be prohibited at any facility.
b. 
Vending or exposing for offering for sale any article, thing or service shall be prohibited. Exception shall be made for any nonprofit organization who has obtained approval for this activity from the Township Committee or their designated agent.
c. 
No person shall paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatsoever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to any facility except as permitted by the Township Committee or their designated agent.
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While in or at a facility: all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner.
b. 
No person shall dress or undress at any facility or any portion or area of any facility.
c. 
While in or at a facility, no person shall allow himself or herself to be so covered with a bathing suit so as to indecently expose his or her person.
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No person shall swim, bathe or wade in any waters or waterways in or adjacent to any facility except in such waters and at such times and places designated by the Township Committee or its designated agent.
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Persons and/or organizations wishing to use Township owned facilities including park areas (including picnic areas, playground areas, athletic field areas, parking areas, etc.) and indoor areas (meeting rooms, kitchen, etc.) for parties, assemblages, business engagements, or entertainment are required to apply to the Township Committee or its designated agent for permission to use in writing on a form supplied by the Township Clerk.
b. 
Application for the use of a Township owned facility shall be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the first date of requested use nor any earlier than 45 days prior to the first date of requested use.
c. 
Permission to use a facility shall not be granted unless and until a fully completed Hold Harmless Agreement, in a form acceptable to the Township Attorney and Risk Manager, is submitted to the Township. In addition, any organization or entity that wishes to use a facility shall submit an insurance certificate naming Green Township, Green Township officers, employees and volunteers as additional insured on a primary and non-contributory basis with a minimum of $1,000,000. Comprehensive General Liability.
d. 
Fees for use of facilities shall be set by the Township Committee in Chapter 8. Fees shall be submitted no later than seven days prior to use. An application is not considered approved until all fees are submitted.
e. 
Submission of an application does not constitute approval of the application.
f. 
In the event more than one request for use of facilities is received for the same time/day, facilities will be allocated to applicants based on the Facilities User Groups defined in § 9-1c. Group 1 shall have first priority followed by Group 2 and so on. If two (or more) organizations of the same group conflict, then the organization with the higher percentage of Green Township participants will prevail, OR the use of the facility will be divided based on the percentage of Green Township residents. The Township Committee or its designated agent will determine the use on a case-by-case basis.
g. 
The Township reserves the right to cancel or suspend a facility use permit for the following:
1. 
Weather or emergency related situations.
2. 
Damage to facility/property.
3. 
Non-use of facility/property at requested times (w/o notification)
4. 
Use of alternate facility/property w/o permit.
h. 
The Township reserves the right to require Township personnel at the applicant's expense to be present at any event to protect the Township's interest. Such determination shall be made on a case by case basis by the Township Committee or its designated agent and the applicant will pay an hourly fee in accordance with the fee schedule in Chapter 8. This shall be in addition to any other applicable fees.
i. 
Effective August 1, 2015 prior to any youth club or organization receiving a permit to use a Township owned property, the club or organization must complete an affidavit on a form approved by the Township Attorney certifying that all coaches, assistant coaches and adults who are in positions of authority or control of youth participants under the age of 18 have completed and passed a background check within the last four years, meaning that the individual has not been convicted of any of the disqualifying offenses set forth in N.J.S.A. 15A:3A-3. The affidavit shall also state that the affiant is not aware of any relevant convictions subsequent to the background check.
j. 
Effective August 1, 2015 prior to any youth club or organization receiving a permit to use a Township owned property, the club or organization must complete an affidavit on a form approved by the Township Attorney certifying that an Athletic Code of Conduct has been adopted by the club substantially similar to the model policies promulgated by the New Jersey Attorney General pursuant to N.J.S.A. 5:17-1 et seq. and certify that each participant - coaches, assistant coaches, parent and youth participant - has reviewed the Code of Conduct and attested to his review.
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Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable in accordance with Chapter 1, § 1-5, General Penalty.
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The Township Committee members, its designees, the Recreation Committee members or the State Police shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter.