Township of Franconia, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Franconia as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Recreation Commission — See Ch. 31.
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 52.
Firearms — See Ch. 74.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 99.
[Adopted 10-13-1975 by Ord. No. 85; amended in its entirety 2-16-2010 by Ord. No. 366]
The Board of Supervisors of Franconia Township hereby establish the following rules and regulations which shall be applicable to all Township parks, recreation areas and Township-owned open space areas, in Franconia Township.
The Township parks are open to all Township residents and guests from sunrise to sunset throughout the year, except special events authorized by the Park and Recreation Board.
A. 
Use of the pavilions and fields by organized or other groups shall be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance at the Township office. Reservation forms must be completed in person at the Township office. Pavilion reservations are on a first-come-first-served basis. The Township will not begin accepting reservations for pavilions until January and field reservations until February of each year. All field reservations and nonresident pavilion reservations will require a user fee and deposit; see fee schedule.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the Township offices.
B. 
All rules and regulations must be followed when using a Township park or open space area. Certain modifications to the rules and regulations are permissible only with the written permission of the Board of Supervisors.
C. 
All organizations must submit a certificate of insurance that indemnifies the Township before use of park and facilities is permitted. All fees must be paid in full prior to use of fields.
D. 
All organizations and individuals must report all damages that occur during the use of a Township-owned property or facility within 24 hours following such use.
E. 
All organizations and individuals must remove all garbage and trash generated from the use of a Township-owned property or facilities.
F. 
All organizations must obtain a permit for field use, and that permit must be clearly displayed when using the field.
The following are prohibited:
A. 
Possession or use of alcoholic beverages.
B. 
Intoxication, indecent language, unnecessary noise and/or any act offensive to other park users.
C. 
Boisterous, immoral or indecent conduct.
D. 
Discarding of trash, garbage, or other litter, except in containers provided for that purpose.
E. 
Damaging, defacing, destroying, or removing Township-owned signs, property, structures, equipment, trees, shrubs or other material.
F. 
Planting, cutting, digging and/or removing plant material (e.g., trees, shrubs, crops, ground cover, etc.) except as authorized by the Township Park and Recreation Board.
G. 
Operating any passenger car or truck on a park road or parking lot in a reckless or negligent manner, in excess of posted speed limits, or in such a manner as to become a nuisance to other park users.
H. 
Operating a motorcycle, minibike, snowmobile or other similar recreational vehicle anywhere in a Township park recreation area or Township-owned open space area.
I. 
Operating, stopping or parking of any passenger car or truck except on designated roads or parking areas. Working authorized farm vehicles and Township maintenance equipment is accepted.
J. 
Possession of any air pistol, spring gun, slingshot, or similar-type weapon not included within the definition of "firearms" contained within the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act,[1] or the discharge of any type of firearms.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 18 Pa C.S.A. § 6101.
K. 
Fires other than in the designated grills maintained for that purpose.
L. 
Pets, unless properly licensed and restrained by a leash.
M. 
Sound amplification equipment.
N. 
Distributing or displaying advertising materials or placards.
O. 
Setting up booths, tables, and other equipment for use in the sale of merchandise or any other objects.
P. 
Swimming in ponds.
Q. 
Trapping or any other injury or destruction to wildlife.
R. 
Archery, except in specifically designated areas.
Public use of those portions of the open space facilities that are leased by the Township to tenants is limited and shall in no way result in injury to crops, livestock, fences and/or buildings and shall not inconvenience in any manner the tenants in their legal activities.
Camping and provisions of auxiliary facilities (e.g., latrines) shall be limited to approved sites.
A. 
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon being liable therefore in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township, pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees incurred by the Township. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of determination of violation by the District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. All organizations and individuals must report all damages that occur during the use of Township-owned property or facilities within 24 hours following such use.
B. 
All rules must be followed unless otherwise permitted by the Franconia Township Board of Supervisors or the Park and Recreation Committee. Any person violating any rules in relation to the fields or pavilions will forfeit their reservation and deposit and become subject to the terms outlined in § 97-7A.
All other resolutions or ordinances of Franconia Township inconsistent with this chapter are hereby repealed.
[Adopted 7-12-1993 by Ord. No. 194]
[Amended 3-8-1999 by Ord. No. 271]
The Branchwood Park shall be open during hours of operation established from time to time by the townships and posted at the entrance to the park. No person shall enter into or remain in the park except during posted hours of operation without permission of the townships or the Franconia/Salford Joint Park Board. The park shall be open throughout the year, except during special events authorized by the Franconia/Salford Joint Park Board.
The use of the parks by groups or organizations of 10 or more persons shall be scheduled in advance at the Franconia Township Office.
[Amended 3-8-1999 by Ord. No. 271; 2-17-2015 by Ord. No. 382]
A. 
The following are prohibited in the park:
(1) 
The possession of alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances.
(2) 
Immoral, indecent or boisterous conduct.
(3) 
Discarding or depositing of trash, garbage, litter or recyclable materials except in containers provided for that purpose.
(4) 
Damaging, defacing, destroying or removing signs, equipment, structures or other park property, including trees, shrubs or other materials.
(5) 
Cutting, removing, digging or damaging trees, shrubs or other vegetation.
(6) 
Operating any motor vehicle in the park other than on a designated road or parking area. Operating any motor vehicle in a negligent or reckless manner or in excess of posted speed limits or in such a manner as to become a nuisance to persons in the park.
(7) 
Operating any unlicensed motor vehicle, motor bike, moped, snowmobile or similar recreational vehicle.
(8) 
Discharging firearms, except in lawful self-defense or by constables, sheriffs, prison or jail wardens or their deputies, police officers of this commonwealth or its political subdivisions or other law enforcement officers, while in the performance of their duties.
(9) 
Use or possession of any air pistol, spring gun, slingshot, or similar-type weapon not included within the definition of "firearms" contained within the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6101 et seq.
(10) 
Building or maintaining fire except in facilities or receptacles provided for such purposes.
(11) 
Trapping or setting of snares.
(12) 
Unleashed or untethered pets. Pet owners shall remove and properly dispose of pet defecation.
(13) 
Horseback riding except on designated trails.
(14) 
Archery except in specially designated areas.
(15) 
Swimming or diving.
B. 
Camping, including the digging of latrines, shall be limited to approved sites upon special approval and registration at the Franconia Township office.
C. 
Ice skating is permitted only when conditions are appropriate.
[Amended 6-10-1996 by Ord. No. 237]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon being liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the township, pay a fine not exceeding $600 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees incurred by the township. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of violation by the District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure.