Township of Waterford, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Waterford 10-12-1983 as Ord. No. 83-18 (Ch. 88 of the 1974 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 82.
Animals — See Ch. 94.
Land development and zoning — See Ch. 176.
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Editor's Note: Ch. 201, formerly known as "Parks and Recreation Areas," was renamed "Parks, Playgrounds are Recreation Areas" 8-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-19.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide within the public parks in and of the Township of Waterford the minimum of regulations to preserve and protect township parks for the safe and full enjoyment of all residents of the township.
A. 
Waiver. Upon application, the Recreation Committee or Township Committee may waive rules, regulations or sections of this chapter when such waiver would be in the best interests of the public or township.
B. 
Additional regulations and rules. The Township Committee may make rules and regulations for the use of parks, playgrounds and recreation areas or parts thereof which are consistent with this chapter.
C. 
Motor vehicle defined. "Motor vehicle" shall mean and include all vehicles propelled other than by muscle power and shall also include all motor vehicles of the bicycle or tricycle type. Motor vehicles shall include but not be limited to trucks, cars, motorcycles, motorbikes and snowmobiles.
A. 
Unless waived in accordance with other provisions of this chapter, parks shall be open from sunrise to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. No person shall remain in any park, playground or recreational area after 10:00 p.m. except in attendance at an organized activity so approved; no person shall remain in the park, playground or recreational area more than 30 minutes after the conclusion of such activity that ends after 10:00 p.m.
B. 
Any section or part of any park may be declared closed to the public by the Recreation Committee at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular stated intervals, and open entirely or for certain uses as the Recreation Committee may find reasonably necessary.
Group use of parks or a portion thereof and reservation of facilities may be permitted, provided that the following regulations are adhered to:
A. 
Application for group use or reservation shall be made to the Recreation Committee on a first-come-first-served basis, with as much prior notice as possible. The application shall include the following information: the name and address of the applicant; the name and address of the person or organization sponsoring the activity; the day and time for which the group use or reservation is desired; the park or portion of the park for which the group use or reservation is desired; an estimate of the number of people to attend; and any other information that the Recreation Committee may find reasonably necessary to determine whether the group use or reservation should be permitted.
B. 
The reservation or group use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general enjoyment of the park.
C. 
The reservation or group use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the public health, welfare, safety or recreation.
D. 
The reservation or group use will not be reasonably anticipated to include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
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The reservation or group use will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the township.
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The reservation or group use is on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservations will be taken no more than two months (60 days) in advance of the date of the group use or reservation or in advance of the first date of use in the case of a seasonal reservation.
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Reservation and group use will be permitted for persons or groups who are entirely or primarily Waterford Township residents or companies with facilities in Waterford Township.
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A group or organization using a park under the provisions of this section will be bound by all park rules, regulations and applicable ordinances. The person to whom the permit or reservation is issued shall be liable for all loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of negligence of the person to whom such permit shall have been issued. The Township Clerk shall have the right to require any permittee to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of such permitted activities in such amounts as may be from time to time determined by the Recreation Committee prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
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The Recreation Committee shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule, regulation or ordinance or upon good cause shown.
[Added 5-28-1997 by Ord. No. 97-8; amended 1-26-2005 by Ord. No. 2004-28; 10-11-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-25; 5-9-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-11]
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[1]Fee schedule. Persons, groups and/or athletic teams not part of the Waterford Township Athletic Association or Atco Lions Football or the Waterford Township Cheerleading Association shall be required to pay fees in accordance with the schedule attached hereto and incorporated by reference herein. Said fees shall be paid with the filing of the application for use of any park, playground and/or recreation facility owned by the Township of Waterford. These fees shall not be included in Chapter 124 of the Township Code, captioned "Fees."
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Athletic facilities use fees.
(a) 
Practices.
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Residents: $100 per team, one two-hour practice per week for 12 weeks.
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Nonresidents: $200 per team, one two-hour practice per week for 12 weeks.
NOTES: Additional practices per week follow the same schedule.
Resident team rosters shall consist of 75% Waterford Township residents. All other teams are to be considered nonresident teams. The determination of whether a team is a resident or nonresident team, when disputed, shall be decided by the Township Committee and confirmed by way of resolution.
(b) 
Games.
[1] 
Youth fee.
[a] 
Resident fee: $25 per game.
[b] 
Nonresident fee: $50 per game.
[2] 
Non youth fee.
[a] 
Resident fee: $35 per game.
[b] 
Nonresident fee: $70 per game.
NOTE: Youth fee applies to organizations where 100% of the participants are under the age of 18 years old at time of application.
(c) 
For-profit camps: $500 per camp.
(d) 
For-profit tennis lessons: $500 for the period May 1 through September 30, with a maximum usage of 10 hours per week with a two-hour-per-one-court maximum per day.
(e) 
For-profit clinics: $350 per clinic, five two-hour clinic sessions for five weeks.
(f) 
Light fee: $75 flat fee.
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Editor's Note: See also Ch. 124, Fees.
B. 
Additional requirements; certificates of insurance. Persons, groups and/or athletic teams not located within the Township of Waterford and/or part of the Waterford Township Athletic or Recreation Associations shall provide, as part of the application process, a certificate of insurance naming the Township of Waterford as an additional insured in amounts as are set forth on the application form, which application form is incorporated by reference into this section. Such applicants shall also be required to complete and sign the Hold Harmless and Indemnification statement on the application form.
No person in a public park, playground or recreation area shall:
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Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, pavings or paving materials, waterlines 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 whatsoever, either real or personal.
B. 
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.
C. 
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.
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Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark or pick the flowers or seed of any plant, dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any area.
E. 
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 park purposes.
F. 
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plants.
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Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird; nor shall he/she remove or have in his/her possession the young of any wild animal or the eggs, nest or young of any reptile or bird. Exception to the foregoing is made in that snakes known to be deadly poisonous or other deadly reptiles may be killed on sight.
H. 
Light or cause to be lighted any fire outside of a grill, fireplace or other area designated for such use by the Recreation Committee.
I. 
Remove, deface, vandalize, damage or destroy recreation equipment.
[Added 8-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-19]
J. 
Use a recreation area, recreational equipment or playing fields other than for the type of activity intended (i.e., tennis courts for playing tennis or tennis-type games only).
[Added 8-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-19]
No person in a public park, playground or recreation area shall:
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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 substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which shall or may result in the pollution of such waters.
B. 
Have brought in or shall 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 areas contiguous to any park or left in 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 or are full, 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.
A. 
No person in a public park, playground or recreation area shall:
(1) 
Drive any motor vehicle on any area except the paved or stoned park roads or parking areas or such areas as may upon occasion specifically be designated as temporary areas by the Recreation Committee.
(2) 
Park a motor vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such parking shall be in accordance with posted directions and the instructions of any attendant who may be present.
(3) 
Leave a motor vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas.
(4) 
Fail to comply with all applicable provisions of the state motor vehicle traffic laws in regard to equipment and operation of vehicles.
(5) 
Fail to obey the direction of a traffic officer.
(6) 
Fail to observe all traffic regulations and signs indicating speed, direction, caution, stopping or parking and all others posted for proper control and to safeguard life and property.
B. 
Motorcycles, dirt bikes and other similar mechanical vehicles shall be subject to the above provisions.
[Added 8-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-19]
[Amended 12-11-1996 by Ord. No. 96-24]
No person shall be responsible for the entry of a dog or other domestic animal, except for a Seeing Eye dog, dogs used to assist handicapped persons and commonly known as "service dogs" or dogs used to assist deaf persons and commonly known as "hearing dogs," into areas of public parks, playgrounds or recreation areas, unless such are clearly marked with signs bearing the words "Domestic animals permitted in this area." Where domestic animals are permitted, they shall be restrained by a leash not greater than six feet in length.
No person shall, in a public park, playground or recreation area, take any action or cause another person to take any action that would be a nuisance to other users of the park, playground or recreation area. Such action would include but not be limited to the following:
A. 
Playing a radio, amplifier or musical instrument too loudly.
B. 
Throwing stones, sticks and other missiles.
C. 
Soliciting, begging and posting notices.
D. 
Running lotteries and games of chance.
E. 
Shining bright lights on adjacent properties.
F. 
Attempting to gain entry to a special event without paying the required admission fee.
G. 
Driving or hitting golf balls.
[Added 12-11-1996 by Ord. No. 96-24]
[Amended 12-11-1996 by Ord. No. 96-24]
Any person or persons found to be in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.