City of Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lancaster as Article 993 of the Codified Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Recreation Commission — See Ch. 22, Art. IX.
Advertising and bill posting — See Ch. 80.
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 88.
Animals — See Ch. 96.
Bicycles — See Ch. 100.
Skateboards — See Ch. 256.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 285.
For the purpose and within the meaning of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
PARK
Includes parks, park reservations, playgrounds, recreation centers, swimming pools, watershed and all other areas owned or used by the City and devoted to active or passive recreation, whether within or without the corporate limits of the City.
PERSON
Includes any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association and any servant, agent, assistant, employee or representative thereof.
PUBLIC PROPERTY
Includes all building and other property owned by the City of Lancaster exclusive of parks devoted or utilized at times for activities of the general public, including, without limitation, the Southern Market Center atrium and the Southern Market Center City Council Chambers, and such other buildings as may be designated from time to time by the Director of Public Works for such uses.
[Added 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008]
SECURITY OFFICERS
Include any Animal Law Enforcement Officer, park guard or police officer.[1]
[Amended 11-28-2006 by Ord. No. 13-2006]
[1]
Editor's Note: The former definition of “Superintendent of Parks and Public Property,” which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008.
Within the limits of any park, no person shall:
A. 
Permit any dog or other animal except wildlife to run at large.
B. 
Permit any dog or other animal to defecate unless the owner, custodian or keeper of such dog or other animal immediately cleans up and removes the defecation and disposes of the same in a sanitary manner.
C. 
Hunt for, shoot at, chase, catch or intentionally injure or kill or attempt to shoot at, chase, catch or intentionally injure or kill, with or without dogs, any bird or animal.
D. 
Fish at any time between sundown and sunrise or at any place, except in the Conestoga River, without a special permit.
E. 
Use a boat at any place not designated as a boating area, provided that this shall not apply to employees of the City while engaged in the performance of their duties.
F. 
Swim, wade or bathe at any place except in a public swimming or wading pool.
G. 
Engage in any unlawful gaming or throwing stones or missiles.
H. 
Discharge firearms, bows and arrows, air or spring rifles or slings.
[Amended 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008]
I. 
Transport, possess, drink or be under the influence of malt or brewed beverages, spirits, liquors or wine unless authorized by the Mayor's Office of Special Events acting as agent for the Director of Public Works.
[Amended 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008]
J. 
Break, cut, deface, disturb, injure or take any flower, fruit, plant, tree, shrub, bench, building, fence, monuments or other structure, apparatus or property.
K. 
Gather or remove any wood, turf, grass, soil, rock, sand or gravel.
L. 
Disturb any fish, bird or animal in any place.
M. 
Injure, deface or destroy any posted or permanently fixed signs or notices.
N. 
Smoke in areas where forbidden by signs.
O. 
Discard lighted matches, cigars or cigarettes in any wooded area.
P. 
Throw or deposit cans, bottles, broken glass, paper, dog defecation or rubbish of any description except in the containers provided for the same.
Q. 
Discard any garbage, dead animal or offensive matter or substance of any kind except as otherwise herein permitted.
R. 
Make or kindle fire except in picnic stoves or fireplaces provided for that purpose.
S. 
Post or erect any bills, notices or advertising matter of any kind, provided that this shall not apply to notices placed by employees of the City engaged in the performance of their duties.
T. 
Sell or offer for sale any merchandise, article or thing whatsoever, provided that this shall not apply to authorized concessionaires.
U. 
Engage in camping, archery or any game, sport or foot race except on such grounds or place specially designated for such purpose.
V. 
Stand or park any vehicle except at those places designated therefor.
W. 
Violate any posted rules for or misuse any picnic court, camp area, playfield, swimming pool or other recreational area.
X. 
Operate an unlicensed motor vehicle.
Y. 
Wash, polish or repair any motor vehicle, except for emergency repairs.
Z. 
Have any musical, theatrical or other entertainment therein without a permit from the Superintendent of Parks and Public Property.
AA. 
Operate any vehicle or bicycle at any place other than roadways or special areas designed for operation of such vehicles.
BB. 
Commit any public nuisance.
CC. 
Operate a snowmobile, minibike or go-cart at any place except authorized areas.
DD. 
Except for those with a permit, congregating in any area which will hamper the free movement of pedestrians.
[Amended 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008]
EE. 
Abandon any vehicle within the limits of any part or roads abutting such park.
[Amended 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008]
A. 
The use of parks, playgrounds, recreation area, sports fields, swimming pools or beaches, when under the supervision of the Recreation Commission, shall be governed by rules and regulations of the Commission.
B. 
When an individual, group or entity desires to reserve a park or public property for exclusive use, or intends to have a gathering thereon or thereof at which greater than 100 people will be attending, it shall submit an application for a permit to the Director of Public Works or any individual, organization, or commission serving as the Director of Public Works' agent. For purposes hereof, the term "exclusive use" shall mean the use of public property or facility to the exclusion of all persons other than those invited by the permit holder. Each permit issued by the Director of Public Works shall be subject to park rules and regulations and public property rules and regulations, and a person or entity to whom such a permit may be granted shall be bound by such rules and regulations as fully as though the same were inserted in the permit. Further, the Director of Public Works may establish fees for the exclusive use of parks and public facilities, and such fees shall be paid with any applicable permit application.
C. 
The Director of Public Works may establish regulations for permit applications submitted in accordance with this section and guidelines for the use of public parks and facilities.
The use of Long Park is governed by the rules and regulations of the Long Park Commission.
[Amended 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008]
All public parks and playgrounds owned, operated, maintained or supported by the City shall be closed at such times as determined by the Director of Public Works. No person, other than authorized supervisors, police, guards or similar personnel, shall occupy, frequent or use the parks or playgrounds between such hours, except when such parks or playgrounds are being used for special events, entertainments, athletic interests or similar affairs which have been scheduled and are supervised. In such cases, the closing time of the park or playground where such even is being held shall be ½ hour after the event has ended, but no later than 12:00 midnight.
A. 
Each permit issued by the Superintendent of Parks and Public Property shall be subject to park rules and regulations, and a person to whom such a permit may be granted shall be bound by the rules and regulations as fully as though the same were inserted in the permit.
B. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B, concerning permittee liability, was repealed 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008
C. 
No permittee shall make any alteration to a permit.
[Amended 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 14-2008]
Any person aggrieved by an act or decision of the Director of Public Works may appeal, in writing, within 10 days thereafter, to the Mayor. While the decision is pending action by the Mayor, the act or decision of the Director of Public Works shall remain in full force and effect.
A. 
The security officers may, without warrant, forthwith arrest any offender whom they may detect in the violation of any of the preceding rules and regulations or any City ordinance or Act of Assembly and take the person so arrested forthwith before the District Justice or cause to be issued a citation, and they shall have, at all times, the right to enter the premises and all other buildings in the parks for the purpose of arresting violators of park rules and may use all necessary means to obtain that end.
B. 
The Animal Law Enforcement Officer and the City Park Officers in the performance of their duties under the provisions of this chapter shall have the powers and authorities of a police officer of the City as conferred by law upon police officers of the third class.
[Amended 11-28-2006 by Ord. No. 13-2006]
Any person who violates or fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or any regulations made thereunder shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $50 and not more than $600 for each offense, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof shall be imprisoned for not more than 90 days. All fines and other money imposed or collected under the provisions of this chapter shall be paid into the City Treasury.