[HISTORY: 1984 Code §§ 123-1—123-6 as amended through December 31, 2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following sites are hereby designated as public recreational areas (listed as name and location, respectively): John Zdanewicz Park, Jersey Central Power & Light Company right-of-way; Landfill (beach), Rosewell Avenue and George Street; Brown Hughes Playground, Barkalow Street; Old City Hall site, Stevens Avenue between John Street and George Street; Veterans Field, South Feltus Street; Watertower Playground, Conlogue Avenue and Catherine Street; Pine Avenue Playground, Lower David Street Playground, David Street and Rosewell Avenue; First Street Playground, First Street; Conover Street Playground, Conover Street; Pupek Road Playground, Pupek Road; multi-purpose field, John Street and Stevens Avenue.
Public recreational facilities as designated in Section 123-1 shall be open for use by the public in a manner specified herein from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily except as provided below: John Zdanewicz Park, tennis courts, opening time 7:00 a.m., October-April closing time 10:00 p.m., May-September closing time 11:00 p.m.; John Zdanewicz Park, basketball courts (lighted), opening time 7:00 a.m., October-April closing time 10:00 p.m., May-September closing time 11:00 p.m.; Landfill (beach), baseball fields, opening time 7:00 a.m., October-April closing time 10:00 p.m., May-September closing time 11:00 p.m.
No person shall remain in any park, playground or recreational facility after 9:00 p.m. except while in attendance at an organized activity approved according to Section 123-4 hereinafter, or remain in such park, playground or recreational area 30 minutes subsequent to the conclusion of any regularly scheduled city-authorized event ending after 9:00 p.m.
Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Division of Public Works at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and slated intervals (daily or otherwise), and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the Division of Public Works shall find reasonably necessary.
No person in a public park or recreational area shall:
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, 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.
Fail to cooperate in maintaining rest rooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of six years shall use the rest rooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
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.
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 permission issued hereunder.
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant, or injure the bark or pick flowers or seed of any tree or plant, or dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
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.
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
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 animal or the eggs, nest or young of any reptile or bird. Snakes known to be poisonous or other deadly reptiles may be killed on sight.
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 shall or may result in the pollution of such waters.
Bring in or dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse or other trash. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to any park, 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 park by the person responsible for its presence and shall be properly disposed of elsewhere.
Drive any vehicle on any area except the improved park roads or parking area or such areas as may on occasion specifically be designated as temporary areas by the Division of Public Works.
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such parking shall be in accordance with posted directions and the instruction of any attendant or police officer which may be present.
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas.
Leave a bicycle in a place other than a bicycle rack when such is provided and there is space available.
Ride a bicycle with unreasonable disregard for the safety of others.
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.
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 hereinafter adopted. Nor shall any person frequent any waters or places customarily designated for the purposes of swimming or bathing or congregate thereat when such activities are prohibited by the Division of Public Works upon a finding that such use of the water would be dangerous or otherwise inadvisable.
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 Division of Public Works for such purposes for each individual site.
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 to said tent, shelter or structure from at least two sides, nor shall any guy wire, rope extension brace or support be connected or fastened from any such structure to any other structure, stake, rock or other object outside thereof.
Allow himself to be so covered with a bathing suit as to indecently expose his person.
Dress or undress on any beach or in any vehicle, toilet or other place except in such bathing houses or structures as are specifically provided for that purpose.
Bring into such park or operate any boat, raft or other watercraft, whether motor-powered or not, upon any waters except at places designated for boating by the Division of Public Works.
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.
Launch, dock or operate any boat of any kind on any water, with the exception of launching and docking facilities under contract to the South Amboy Boat Club, between the closing hour of the park at night and the opening hour of the park the following morning, nor shall any person remain on or in any boat during such closed hours of the park.
Fish in any waters except those designated by the Division of Public Works for such use and under such regulations and restrictions as have or may be prescribed by the Division of Public Works.
Fish in any area where bathing is permitted.
Carry or possess firearms of any description or spring guns, bows and arrows 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, nor shall any person shoot into park areas from beyond park boundaries.
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for such purpose.
Violate the regulation that use of individual fireplaces, together with tables and benches, follows the generally accepted rule of "first come, first served."
Use any portion of the picnic area or any of the buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, except as permitted by permit of the Department of Recreation, nor shall any person use such areas and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
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 park area by the picnicker, to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
Set up tents, shacks or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in a park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or that could be used for such purpose, such as a house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon or the like, except in areas designated by the Division of Public Works for such purposes.
Take park in or abet the playing of any game 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 but not limited to football, baseball and lacrosse, is prohibited except on the fields and courts or areas provided therefor, and provided that suitable supervision is provided.
Ride a horse except on designated bridle trails. Where permitted, horses shall be thoroughly broken, 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.
Bring alcoholic beverages into or drink same at any time in a park, except as may be permitted by permit authorized under Section 123-4.
Have in his possession, or set or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks or explosives or flammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such areas from lands or highways adjacent thereto. Also prohibited is any substance, 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 Mayor and City Council, permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks displays in designated park areas.
Allow a dog or other domestic animal to enter into areas clearly marked by the Division of Public Works by signs bearing the words "Domestic Animals Prohibited in the Area." Nothing herein shall be construed as permitting the running of dogs at large. All dogs in areas where such animals are permitted shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes not greater than six feet in length.
Occupy any seat or bench or enter into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or any other park structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated by the Division of Public Works for the use of the opposite sex. Exception is made for children under six years of age.
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.
Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Division of Public Works, nor shall any person drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other flammable material within any park or on any highways, roads or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
Enter 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.
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Department of Recreation.
Go on the ice on any of the waters except where designated as skating fields, provided that a safety signal is displayed.
Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats, 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.
Fail to provide and exhibit any permit from the Mayor and City Council which 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.
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying any area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, or 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 regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the Department of Recreation.
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 to a park.
Enter upon tennis courts except when wearing tennis shoes or sneakers. No bicycles, skateboards, roller skates or other objects that will cause damage to the surface of the tennis courts will be permitted on the tennis court surface.
Use other than approved tokens in the coin-operated light machine located in the parks. Tokens for approximately one hour of lighted court time may be obtained from the office of the City Clerk upon payment of a fee of seventy-five cents ($0.75). If court lighting is commenced after 9:00 p.m., there shall be no refund of money due when said lighting is terminated at the park closing hour.
Utilize the tennis courts for more than one continuous hour of play when other persons are waiting to use the courts.
Operation of any motorized vehicle, including motorcycles, snowmobiles, minibikes, trail bikes, motor scooters, go-carts, motorized skateboards, all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and dune buggies or any other vehicles in the class known as "recreational vehicles" on any property referred to in Section 123-1.
Permits for special events in parks shall be obtained by application to the Mayor and City Council in accordance with the following procedure:
A person seeking a permit hereunder shall file an application with the office of the City Clerk, stating:
The name and address of the applicant.
The name and address of the person sponsoring the activity.
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
Any other information which the Mayor and/or City Council shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
Standards for issuance of a use permit by the Mayor and City Council include the following findings:
The proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general enjoyment of the park.
The proposed activity and uses will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
The proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
The proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the city.
The facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the date and hour requested in the application.
Within 10 business days after the receipt of an application, the city shall apprise an applicant, in writing, of its reasons if it refuses a permit. The notice shall state the reasons for refusal. The decision of the Mayor and City Council shall be final.
A permittee shall be found by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances.
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 person to whom such permit shall have been issued. The Mayor and City Council shall have been issued. The Mayor and City Council shall have the right to require any permittee to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out such permitted activities, in such amount as may be from time to time determined by the city, prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
The Mayor and City Council shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.
The Department of Police shall be charged with the diligent enforcement of the provisions of this chapter and shall have the authority to:
Issue summons for the violation of this chapter. Any person or persons violating this chapter shall, upon conviction in the Municipal Court of the City of South Amboy, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.
Eject from the recreational facility any person or persons acting in violation of this chapter.
Seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the recreational facility that is used to violate provisions of this chapter.
The city reserves the right, with respect to any or all of the public park and recreation areas and any facilities located therein, to enter into any agreement with educational institution of the city concerning the control and use thereof, and anything contained in this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, any use of such premises or such facilities pursuant to any agreement with the city heretofore or hereafter entered into shall be free and exclusive from any control or supervision of or by the city.