Township of West Hanover, PA
Dauphin County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Hanover as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Park and Recreation Board — See Ch. 48.
Animals — See Ch. 67.
Open burning — See Ch. 85.
Disorderly conduct — See Ch. 92.
Transient retail and mobile merchant business — See Ch. 182.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 187.
[Adopted 1-20-1986 as Ch. 16, Part 1, of the 1986 Code]

§ 139-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
PARK or PARKS
Unless specifically limited, shall be deemed to include all parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, tennis courts, recreation structures and facilities, and also entrances and approaches thereto, and all other land or property or structures supervised or managed by the West Hanover Recreation Board, now or hereafter owned or acquired by the West Hanover Township for park or recreational purposes.
PERSON
Any natural person, corporation, organization of persons, company, association or partnership.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Any rules and regulations hereby or hereafter promulgated by the Recreation Board under the authority herein conferred.

§ 139-2 Park hours.

All parks shall be opened daily to the public at such hours as the Recreation Board may from time to time designate, but in no event shall any person be permitted to be in attendance in any park between 10:00 p.m. and sunrise, unless special permission be granted by the Recreation Board.

§ 139-3 Prohibited conduct.

[Amended 8-1-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-7]
It shall be a violation of this article if any person in attendance at a park shall commit the following:
A. 
Injure, deface, remove, cut or damage any of the trees, plants, shrubs, turf, buildings, structures, signs or fixtures, or any other property of West Hanover Township located within the park.
B. 
Litter any area of the park with garbage, paper, bottles, cans or other waste material; nor dispose of the same in any way except in receptacles designated for such purpose.
C. 
Kindle or maintain any fire in the park except in fireplaces or areas specially designated for that purpose and located by authority of the Recreation Board. Charcoal is the only fuel permitted in the cooking grills provided in the park. Wood burning is restricted to the fire ring areas only.
D. 
Remove any bench, seat, table or other appliance without permission of the Recreation Board.
E. 
Injure, deface, destroy or remove any notice, rule or regulation posted at any place within the park by authority of the Recreation Board; nor shall any notice or placard be posted within the park other than by authority of said Board.
F. 
Set up any booth, table or stand for the sale of any article or service whatsoever within the limits of the park without permission of the Recreation Board; distribute, sell, service or rent any services or commodity or solicit for any purpose without permission of the Recreation Board.
G. 
Operate, stop or park any vehicle, bicycle or other means of conveyance except in areas where permitted or designated by proper authority of the Recreation Board, or operate the same in a reckless or negligent manner or in excess of any posted speed limit or in such a manner as to become a nuisance to other area users.
H. 
Operate commercial vehicles, unless providing authorized services.
I. 
Use of tobacco products of any kind; all parks shall be posted as tobacco-free areas.
[Added 5-6-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former Subsections I through U as Subsections J through V, respectively.
J. 
No alcohol shall be served, possessed, or consumed in any park unless approved in accordance with the requirements outlined in the West Hanover Township Parks and Recreation rental application (herein attached as part of this subsection[2]), West Hanover Township Parks and Recreation caterer agreement (herein attached as part of this subsection[3]), and within the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. No person shall enter the park in an intoxicated state or otherwise be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Such persons will be immediately ejected from the park facilities and prosecuted under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[Amended 12-19-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-02]
[2]
Editor's Note: Said application is on file in the Township offices.
[3]
Editor's Note: Said agreement is on file in the Township offices.
K. 
Carry or discharge any firearms, slingshots, firecrackers, paint ball, fireworks or other missile-propelling instruments or explosives or arrows, or other dangerous weapons which have such properties as to cause annoyance or injury to any person or property, unless permission has been granted by the Recreation Board in designated areas; police officers in the performance of their duties will be exempt from these provisions.
L. 
Swim, golf, pitch horseshoes, skateboard, roller-blade, engage in archery, camp or launch, dock or land any boat, engage in finding buried objects with special detectors or participate in any other form of recreation, sporting endeavor or pastime, except in those areas which may be designated from time to time for that purpose by the Recreation Board.
M. 
Disrobe or change clothing except in buildings or facilities made available for that purpose.
N. 
Disturb the peace by any conduct so as to annoy any other person using the park for recreational purposes.
O. 
Operate a snowmobile, minibike, motorcycle, ATV, off-road vehicles or any vehicle, recreational or otherwise, except on designated roads, trails or areas set aside for their use.
P. 
Use threatening, abusive, insulting, profane or obscene language or words.
Q. 
Commit any disorderly or immoral acts.
R. 
Hold any public meeting or rally with more than 20 persons or engage in any marching or driving as members of a military, political or other organization without permission of the Recreation Board, which permission shall not be granted until a statement of information is filed with the Recreation Board identifying the name of the organization, its purpose, number of persons expected to be in attendance, expected duration of meeting and names of persons in charge.
S. 
Hunt for, capture or kill, or attempt to capture or kill, or aid or assist in the capturing or killing of, in any manner, any wild bird or wild animal of any description, either game or otherwise, and, to that end, it is unlawful for any person to carry onto or possess in any park a shotgun or rifle or pistol or firearm of any make or kind unless specific permission is granted for a designated area by authority of the Recreation Board.
T. 
Allow pets, domestic animals or farm animals to run at large out of control; and to permit any domestic animal to leave animal waste without cleaning up and properly disposing of the waste.
U. 
Conduct any form of gambling in a Township park.
V. 
Wash or service vehicle of any kind or park overnight.

§ 139-4 Fishing.

All laws pertaining to fishing in the commonwealth shall apply to fishing in parks and recreation areas, and provisions thereof are hereby incorporated by reference.

§ 139-5 Reservation for specific uses.

The use of all parks shall be on a first-come-first-served basis unless otherwise reserved:
A. 
By annual permission granted by the Board of Supervisors under any use agreement for the scheduling of various league games, etc.
[Amended 8-1-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-7]
B. 
For school or college athletic games, practice, contests or exhibitions.
C. 
For regularly scheduled school district or municipal recreation programs.
D. 
By permission granted by the Recreation Board for a specific requested use.

§ 139-6 Authorization to promulgate additional rules.

The Recreation Board is authorized to establish additional rules and regulations as deemed necessary, from time to time, but such rules shall not become effective until approved by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 139-7 Authority to close areas.

Recreation facilities which become hazardous for public use due to weather, water, fire or unforeseeable conditions may be closed only at the discretion of the Recreation Board.

§ 139-8 Enforcement.

Enforcement of the provisions of this article shall be by the Pennsylvania State Police or the Code Enforcement Officer, or his designee, of West Hanover Township.

§ 139-9 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-1-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-4]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600. It is further provided that, upon judgment against any person by summary conviction, or by proceedings by summons on default of the payment of the fine or penalty imposed and the costs, the defendant may be sentenced and committed to the county prison for a period not exceeding 30 days.