[Adopted by Ord. No. 99-12 (§ 8-1 of the 2001 Code)]
[Amended 8-30-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-29]
The public parks of the Township of Robbinsville shall be subject to the following rules and regulations, except as provided herein.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any individual person, group of persons, partnership, corporation, firm or association or any other entity.
The following acts are hereby specifically prohibited in the public parks of Robbinsville Township except by written authorization of the Robbinsville Township Recreation Division:
Parking motor vehicles except in designated parking areas. Parking of motor vehicles shall be between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Hunting, including hunting with dogs, firearms or bows and arrows.
Possession or use of firearms.
Swimming in creek.
Selling merchandise or soliciting for sale of same.
Lighting open fires in any area, except in a grill provided and designated for that purpose by the Township of Robbinsville.
Use of food or beverages on any field of active play.
An owner's allowing any animal in the park that is unleashed or unfettered. An owner must restrict the animal by a leash not exceeding the length specified in § 74-9A of the Code of the Township of Robbinsville. An owner shall not allow any animal on the baseball fields or soccer fields, whether leashed or fettered or unleashed or unfettered. The owner is responsible irrespective of who may be in attendance or at fault in allowing the animal onto the park grounds. In accordance with § 74-9B, an owner shall not permit the animal to defecate within the park unless such person shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such animal.
[Amended 8-30-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-29]
Possession or use of alcoholic beverages.
Dumping, depositing or leaving any refuse or trash except in the proper receptacles.
Posting any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, or erecting or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
Driving any motorized vehicle on any area except paved roads or parking areas or such areas as may be on occasion specifically designated as temporary areas.
Leaving a picnic area before the fire in a grill is completely extinguished.
Playing any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled stones, arrows, javelins, horseshoes, quoits or model airplanes, except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation; possessing any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks, unless a permit has been received from Robbinsville Township.
Removing or damaging any plant, structure or other object, or digging up or removing any dirt, stone or other substance within any park or recreation land.
Playing golf, except in those areas set apart for such form of recreation.
[Added 11-2-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-36]
Purpose. A section to prohibit the feeding of unconfined wildlife in any public park or on any other property owned or operated by Robbinsville Township, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for failure to comply.
Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this chapter clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- To give, place, expose, deposit, distribute or scatter any edible material with the intention of feeding, attracting or enticing wildlife. Feeding does not include baiting in the legal taking of fish and/or game.
- Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
- All animals that are neither human nor domesticated.
Prohibited conduct: No person shall feed, in any public park or on any other property owned or operated by Robbinsville Township, any wildlife, excluding confined wildlife (for example, wildlife confined in zoos, parks or rehabilitation centers, or unconfined wildlife at environmental education centers).
Violations and penalties: Any person(s) who is found to be in violation of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500.
Any resident of the Township of Robbinsville may apply for a permit to reserve a specified athletic field or picnic area at a specified time. Such a permit may be issued at the discretion of the Robbinsville Township Recreation Division so as to allow for the orderly scheduling of the use of the athletic field or picnic area. When a permit is issued, the person holding such permit shall have the exclusive use of the athletic field or picnic area at the time designated.
The public parks of Robbinsville Township shall be open between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and no person, group or organization shall remain in the park after 10:00 p.m., except as approved by the Recreation Commission.
The following rules and regulations apply to groups and organizations of 20 or more persons:
Permits must be obtained for use of the baseball fields, soccer fields and picnic areas.
All groups or organizations (other than nonprofit organizations or family or youth groups from Robbinsville Township) selling tickets or accepting donations to finance their picnics or outings will pay to the Robbinsville Township Recreation Division a fee in the amount provided in Chapter 109, Fees upon application for the use of the picnic areas. Checks are to be made payable to the Robbinsville Township Recreation Division.
When required by the Robbinsville Township Recreation Division due to the size of the group or organization, the services of a special law enforcement officer or officers shall be obtained to maintain order. Such officers shall be duly qualified special police officers of Robbinsville Township who shall be compensated by the applicant at the established rate for such officers.
There shall be a deposit paid to the Robbinsville Township Recreation Division in the amount provided in Chapter 109, Fees, to assure that the grounds will be left in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. The Recreation Division will examine the grounds following use by such group or organization, and, upon determining that all of the rules have been complied with, the deposit will be returned to the permittee. If the rules have not been complied with, the deposit will be forfeited, and, in addition, the permittee will be subject to penalties provided by this article.
All groups or organizations using any of the park facilities will assume full responsibility for any and all injuries and damages which may occur during their picnic or outing. The Township of Robbinsville reserves the right to require the group or organization to provide a certificate of insurance naming the Township of Robbinsville as an additional insured.