[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Galloway as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 10-11-1977 by Ord. No. 559]
No person in a public park and/or recreation area located within the Township of Galloway shall:
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, stake posts or other boundary markers or other structures or equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal.
Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of six shall use the restrooms and washrooms designated for the opposite sex.
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.
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary, or run or string any public service utility into, upon or across such lands, except pursuant to special written permit issued hereunder.
Damage, cut, carve, transplant or remove any tree or plant or injure the bark or pick flowers or seeds of any tree or plant, dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas or in any other way injure the natural beauty or usefulness of any public park and/or recreation area.
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 such purposes.
Tie or hitch an animal to any tree or plant.
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill, trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles at any animal, wildlife, reptile or bird; nor shall any person remove or have in his or her possession the young of any wild animal or the eggs or nest or young of any reptile or bird.
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, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution of said waters.
Bring or have brought in, nor shall any person dump in, deposit or leave, any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash in any public park and/or recreation area. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to 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, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.
Drive any vehicle upon any area except the park roads or parking areas or such areas as may on occasion be specifically designated as temporary driving or parking areas.
Park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such shall be in accordance with posted directions thereat and with the instruction of any attendant who may be present.
Leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park areas.
Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others.
Leave a bicycle lying on the ground or paving or set against trees or in any place or position where other persons may trip over or be injured by it.
Frequent any waters or places designated for the purposes of swimming or bathing, or congregate thereat, except between such hours of the day as shall be designated for such purposes for each individual site.
No person shall carry or possess firearms of any description or air rifles, spring guns, bows and arrows, slings or any other forms of weapons potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety, or any instrument that can be loaded with and that is capable of firing blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden. Permits may be obtained for special events as provided hereunder.
Picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. Attendants shall have the authority to regulate activities in such areas when necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end.
Violate the regulation that use of individual fireplaces, together with tables and benches, follows the generally accepted rule of "First come; first served."
Use any portion of the picnic area or any of the buildings or structures therein for the purposes of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, nor shall any person use such areas and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.
Set up tents, shacks or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in a park after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used or that could be used for such purpose, such as but not limited to a house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon or the like, except in those areas designated for those purposes.
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins, horseshoes, quoits or model airplanes except in those areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games such as football, baseball and lacrosse is prohibited except in the fields and courts or areas provided therefor.
Ride a horse except on designated bridle trails. Horses shall be thoroughly broken, properly restrained and ridden with due care, and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended, nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree or shrub.
Violate any of the posted rules of any park or recreation area within the Township of Galloway.
[Added 10-9-2007 by Ord. No. 1732]
While in a public park or recreation area, all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner, and, in particular, no person shall:
Bring or consume any alcoholic beverages in a park and/or recreation area. Special permits may be given for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, subject to the rules and regulations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission for the State of New Jersey, as the same may apply.
[Amended 9-9-2008 by Ord. No. 1767]
Have in his possession, or set or otherwise cause to explode, discharge or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or other fireworks, firecrackers or explosives of inflammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such areas from lands or highways adjacent thereto. This prohibition shall include any substance, compound, mixture or article that in conjunction with any other substance or compound would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints. Permits may be given for conducting properly supervised fireworks in designated park areas.
Permit a dog to run at large. All dogs shall be restrained at all times on adequate leashes.
Occupy any seat or bench or enter into or loiter or remain in any pavilion or any other park structure or section thereof which may be reserved and designated for the use of the opposite sex. Exception is made for children under six years of age.
Appear at any place in other than proper clothing.
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private, without a municipal permit.
Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco, paper or other flammable material within any park or on any highways, roads or streets abutting or contiguous thereto.
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated.
Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or other areas or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to breach the public peace.
Fail to produce and exhibit any permit he claims to have upon request of any authorized person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule.
Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any activity under the authority of a permit.
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall he station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing. Exception is here made as to any properly licensed consessionaire acting by and under authority and regulation of the Township of Galloway.
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, nor shall any person erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park.
Except for unusual and unforseen emergencies, parks and recreation areas shall be open to the public every day of the year during the designated hours. The opening and closing hours for each individual park and recreation area shall be posted therein for public information and shall be determined from time to time.
Any section or part of any park or recreation area may be declared closed to the public at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise) and either entirely or partially and for whatever reason as the township shall find reasonably necessary.
Permits for special events in parks shall be obtained by application to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee in accordance with the following procedure:
A person seeking issuance of a permit hereunder shall file an application with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee stating:
The name and address of the applicant.
The name and address of the person, persons, corporation or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
The day and hours for which the permit is desired.
The park or portion thereof for which such permit is desired.
Any other information which the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee shall find reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued hereunder.
Issuance of a use permit by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee shall include the following findings:
That the proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
That the proposed activity or uses that are reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
That the proposed activity will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the township.
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use at the date and hour requested in the application.
Within five days after the receipt of an application, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee shall apprise an applicant, in writing, that the application has been approved or of its reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal to the Township Council by serving written notice thereof on the Township Clerk within five days of said refusal. The failure of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to render a decision within five days shall constitute a denial of the application.
A copy of said notice of appeal shall also be served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee within five days of said refusal, and said Committee shall immediately forward the application and the reasons for its refusal to the Township Council which shall consider the application under the standards set forth under Subsection B hereof at a public hearing. The Council may sustain, overrule or modify the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee's decision within 15 days of the receipt of the appeal by the Township Clerk. The decision of the Township Council shall be final.
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in said permits.
The person or persons to whom the permit is issued shall be liable for all loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or persons to whom such permit shall have been issued. The township 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 prior to the commencement of any activity or issuance of any permit.
Revocation. The township shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or ordinance or upon other good cause shown.
The Township Manager or his designees shall, in connection with his duties imposed by law, enforce the provisions of this article.
The Police Department and any park attendant shall have the authority to eject from the park area any person or persons acting in violation of this article.
The Police Department and any park attendant shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park, or used, in violation of this article.
No owner or driver shall cause or permit his vehicle to stand outside of designated parking spaces, except for a reasonable time to take up or discharge passengers or equipment. No motor vehicle shall be parked in said areas from 1/2 hour after sunset until sunrise, except as otherwise permitted.
[Amended 6-28-2005 by Ord. No. 1609; 12-13-2016 by Ord. No. 1951-2016]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article, or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto, shall, upon conviction, be subject to the replacement, repair or restoration of any damaged park property or shall be subject to a fine of not more than $2,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days and/or a period of community service for not more than 90 days, or both replacement, repair or restoration and a fine, imprisonment or community service, for each offense.
Editor’s Note: Former Art. II, Skate Park, adopted 7-10-2012 by Ord. No. 1854, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 12-13-2016 by Ord. No. 1951-2016.