Township of Girard, PA
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Girard 9-4-1984 by Ord. No. 12 (Ch. 72 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Public assemblies — See Ch. 75.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 143.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
Unless specifically limited, includes all parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, tennis courts, beaches, recreation structures and facilities, and also entrances and approaches thereto, and all other land or property or structures under the jurisdiction of the Girard Township Supervisors now or hereafter owned or acquired by Girard Township for park or recreational purposes.
Any natural person, corporation, organization of persons, company, association or partnership.
Any rules and regulations hereby or hereafter promulgated by the Girard Township Supervisors under the authority herein conferred.
All parks shall be opened to the public at such hours as the Girard Township Supervisors may from time to time designate.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
No person in attendance at a park shall:
Injure, deface, remove, cut or damage any of the trees, plants, shrubs, turf, buildings, structures, signs or fixtures or any other property of Girard Township.
Litter any area of the park with garbage, paper, bottles, cans or other waste materials, nor dispose of the same in any way except in receptacles designated for such purpose.
Kindle or maintain any fire in the park except in fireplaces or areas specifically designated for that purpose and located by authority of the Girard Township Supervisors.
Remove any bench, seat, table or other appliance without permission of the Girard Township Supervisors.
Injure, deface, or destroy or remove any notice, rule or regulation posted at any place within the park by authority of the Girard Township Supervisors, nor shall any notice or placard be posted within the park other than by authority of the Girard Township Supervisors.
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 Girard Township Supervisors; distribute, sell, service or rent any services or commodity or solicit for any purpose without permission of the Girard Township Supervisors.
Operate, stop or park any vehicle, bicycle or other means of conveyance except in areas where permitted or designated by proper authority of the Girard Township Supervisors, 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.
Operate commercial vehicles unless providing authorized services.
Bring onto the premises, possess or consume any alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs of any kind. No person shall enter the park in any intoxicated state or otherwise be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
Carry or discharge any firearms, slingshots, firecrackers, fireworks or other missile-propelling instruments, explosives, 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 Girard Township Supervisors in designated areas. Police officers in the performance of their duties will be exempt from these provisions.
Play ball, swim, golf, pitch horseshoes, 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 by the Girard Township Supervisors.
Disrobe or change clothing except in buildings or facilities made available for that purpose.
Disturb the peace by any conduct so as to annoy any other person using the park for recreational purposes.
Operate a snowmobile, minibike, motorcycle or any vehicle, recreational or otherwise, except on designated roads, trails or other roads set aside for their use.
Use threatening, abusive, insulting, profane or obscene language or words.
Commit any disorderly or immoral acts.
Hold any public meeting or rally with more than five persons or engage in any marching or driving as members of a military, political or other organization without permission of the Girard Township Supervisors, which requires a statement of information, including the name of the organization, its purpose, number of persons expected to be invited, expected duration and name of person in charge.
Disobey a proper order of a police officer, or disobey or fail to comply with any rule or regulation, warning, prohibition, instruction or direction given by an authorized person and posted or displayed by sign, notice, bulletin, card, poster or when notified or informed as to its existence by an authorized person.
Hunt for, capture or kill, or attempt to capture or kill, or aid or assist in 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, rifle, pistol or firearm of any make or kind unless specific permission is granted for a designated area by authority of the Girard Township Supervisors.
Allow pets to run at large.
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.
The use of all parks shall be on a first-come first-served basis unless otherwise reserved by permission granted by the Girard Township Supervisors.
Recreation facilities which become hazardous for public use due to weather, water, fire or unforeseeable conditions may be closed at the discretion of the Girard Township Supervisors.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township before a Magisterial District Judge, pay a fine of not more than $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the Township in the enforcement of this chapter. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of the violation by the Magisterial District Judge. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).