[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake Grove 11-16-1978 as Ch. 91 of the 1978 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PARK OR PARKS
- Includes all parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming pools and any and all recreation facilities and areas under the ownership and jurisdiction of the Village of Lake Grove, its Village Board, supervised by the Park Commissioner and any other duly designated village official, and such other rights and appurtenances, whether the same be now or hereafter owned or acquired by the Village of Lake Grove in fee or otherwise, including all land under and space above the surface of the ground.
- VILLAGE BOARD
- The elected members of the village government, consisting of the Mayor and the four Trustees.
Village parks shall be used by residents and/or owners of taxable real property and guests of residents as authorized in the Village of Lake Grove. A "resident" of the village is a person who resides in the Village of Lake Grove and/or owns real property in the Village of Lake Grove. Nonresidents and guests of residents or taxpayers may be admitted to parks and park areas pursuant to regulations issued by the Village Board.
The parks shall be opened at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. or as otherwise designated by the Village Board or its duly designated representatives. No person or persons shall use the park at a time and/or hour other than that designated by the Village Board, and the use of the parks at a time and/or hour other than that designated by the Village Board is hereby prohibited, except that certain activities and uses authorized by and/or under the supervision of the Recreation Advisory Committee are not subject to the foregoing prohibition. Opening and closing time for the various facilities shall be posted for the convenience of the public.
No overnight parking, housing or camping shall be allowed unless specifically authorized in advance by the Village Board or designated representatives in accordance with their regulations.
No person shall take into, carry through, drink or use alcoholic beverages, beer, wine or any other intoxicating liquors in any of the parks located within the boundaries of the village.
No person shall loiter or remain within a park or any area thereof, in a vehicle or otherwise, after the posted closing hour or time of day for closing of such park or park area without special permission of the Village Board.
No person shall take into, leave in, throw, lay, drop or discharge into or on the park any glass products, metal cans, refuse, garbage, rubbish, waste or other debris. Paper, cartons or any other type of litter must be placed in receptacles provided for that purpose.
No person shall injure, deface, displace, remove, fill in, raise, destroy or tamper with any drive, path or walk; take up, remove or carry away trees, shrubs, turf or any material or substance; or remove or destroy any structures, building or any appurtenances connected with the park or any other property or equipment, real or personal, owned by the Village of Lake Grove or under the jurisdiction and control of the Village Board.
No person shall erect any structure, stand or platform, hold any meetings, perform any ceremony, make a speech or address, exhibit any performance or form any parade or procession in any park without prior permission of the Village Board or its designated representatives.
No person shall have or carry, whether or not concealed upon his person, any pistol, revolver or any instrument or weapon in which or upon which loaded or blank cartridges may be used, or any loaded or blank cartridges or ammunition therefor except when so authorized by law. No person shall bring into the park or have in his possession therein any rifle, shotgun or fowling piece, or any air gun, spring gun or other instrument or weapon in which the propelling force is a spring or air, unless duly authorized by the Village Board.
No person, except in the performance of official duties, shall discharge a firearm, air gun, spring gun or other instrument or weapon in the park or in such a manner that a projectile enters or is likely to enter the park, unless authorized by the Village Board.
No person shall bring into or have in said park any explosives, including any substance, compound, mixture or article having properties of such a character that alone or in combination or contiguity with other substances or compounds may decompose suddenly and generate sufficient heat, gas or pressure, or any or all of them, to produce rapid flame or combustion or administer a destructive blow to surrounding objects.
No person shall kindle, build, maintain or use a fire anywhere within the park except in fireplaces provided for the purpose or in charcoal burners as provided or under special permit. Any fire shall be continuously under the care and direction of a competent person over 18 years of age from the time it is kindled until it is extinguished, and no fire shall be built within 10 feet of any tree or building or beneath the branches of any trees. No person shall throw away or discard any lighted match, cigar or cigarette within, on or against any building, structure, boat, car, vehicle or enclosure, or under any tree or in underbrush or grass, unless it is to deposit the same in a suitable container provided for the reception thereof.
No person shall tent or camp or erect or maintain a tent, shelter or camp in any park, unless authorized by the Village Board or its designated representatives.
No person shall solicit alms or contributions for any purpose in any park. No person shall post, distribute, cast or leave about any bills, placards, tickets, handbills, circulars, advertisements or any other matter for any advertising purposes.
The only permissible use of a public tennis court is to engage in the sport of tennis, which includes tennis instruction, tennis drills and informal or formal tennis matches. This provision hereby specifically prohibits the use of public tennis courts for any other purpose or sport unless the different purpose or sport is specifically approved by the Village Board.
The violation of any provisions of this chapter shall be an offense against the chapter, which shall be punishable, upon conviction, by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days for each such offense, or by both such fine and imprisonment.