City of Northfield, NJ
Atlantic County
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[Adopted 6-9-1987 by Ord. No. 14-87 (Ch. 86B, Art. II, of the 1974 Code)]
[Amended 7-16-1991 by Ord. No. 15-91; 11-16-1993 by Ord. No. 30-93; 9-9-2008 by Ord. No. 12-2008; 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 9-2018[1]]
A. 
No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted within the confines of Birch Grove Park, Veterans Park and the First Street Playground within the City of Northfield. This includes all structures and all lands within the metes and bounds description of the parcels of property constituting Birch Grove Park, Veterans Park and the First Street Playground.
B. 
No person(s) shall be permitted to bring any dog, cat or other domestic pet into the confines of Birch Grove Park and the First Street Playground in the City of Northfield or on any lands within the metes and bounds description of the parcels of property constituting the park and the First Street Playground.
C. 
No person(s) shall be permitted to deposit, leave or abandon any domesticated or nondomesticated animal or other living creature within the confines of Birch Grove Park, Veterans Park and the First Street Playground in the City of Northfield. This restriction and prohibition is intended to be all inclusive.
D. 
No person shall park or stand a vehicle in or upon the Veterans Park (as defined in § 250-12 of the Code of the City of Northfield) or any of attendant and/or adjacent public parking areas between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also changed the title of this Art. II from “Birch Grove Park and First Street Playground Regulations” to its current title.
[Added 3-24-2020 by Ord. No. 4-2020[1]]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ATHLETIC FIELD AREA
The public area that includes but is not limited to all baseball, softball, football fields and practice areas located west of Burton Avenue.
BANDSTAND/GAZEBO
A freestanding airy structure in a scenic setting behind the Casto House Museum, offering shade and sufficient size for small musical bands performing outdoor concerts.
RESERVED USE
Kept or set apart for some particular use or purpose.
B. 
Application required.
(1) 
Requests by outside organizations* for reserved use of any Northfield Municipal Facilities, or any use of athletic fields must be coordinated through the City Clerk's Office, and must be submitted in writing, on the forms provided by the City of Northfield. It is a two-part process, consisting of a use of facilities application, and if approved, a use of facilities agreement. If use is approved, the requesting organization must abide by insurance requirements as set forth in the agreement.
(2) 
All requests for use of athletic fields by outside organizations* require City Council approval and will be considered by the City Council at a regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body. Meeting schedules can be found on the municipal website.
(3) 
Submission of an application does not guarantee that use of facilities will be approved.
*NOTE: For athletic fields, refers to groups other than Northfield Little League, Northfield Babe Ruth Baseball, the Family Association of Northfield; for use of the Bandstand/Gazebo, refers to groups other than the City of Northfield Cultural Committee.
C. 
Use of athletic field lights.
(1) 
Applicants must indicate if field lights are requested on the initial application. If application is approved, a flat fee of $250 for use of field lights shall be due upon execution of the agreement by the applicant. Fee is nonrefundable.
(2) 
Additional applications by the same applicant shall be subject to additional light-use fee.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 250-3, Permit for consumption of alcohol in Birch Grove Park, as amended, was repealed 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 9-2018.
No permit shall be issued to any group unless there shall be full compliance with all requirements set forth herein and such additional rules or regulations as may from time to time be imposed by the governing body of the City of Northfield. In determining whether to grant the permit, the governing body of the City of Northfield shall take into consideration such other factors as crowd control, number of groups applying at a given date and time, traffic regulations, impact upon the lands and premises and such other factors as may be deemed to be relevant.
A. 
No group shall be permitted to utilize Birch Grove Park in the City of Northfield unless a permit shall have been obtained from the Clerk of the City of Northfield or the Clerk's designee. No permit shall be issued unless application is made not less than five business days prior to the contemplated use of the premises. If use is for any athletic field area, or the Bandstand/Gazebo, said use is subject to the application procedures as defined in § 250-3.
[Amended 9-9-2008 by Ord. No. 12-2008; 3-24-2020 by Ord. No. 4-2020]
B. 
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GROUP or ORGANIZATION
A collective number of persons, being 10 or more in number, whether related or unrelated, and participating in an organized activity or outing involving the use of the subject premises or any portion thereof.
[Amended 9-9-2008 by Ord. No. 12-2008; 9-25-2018 by Ord. No. 9-2018; 3-24-2020 by Ord. No. 4-2020]
A. 
Birch Grove Park shall be closed to all persons between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., or such other hours as may from time to time be posted at the entrance by the Public Works Superintendent.
B. 
The portion of Birch Grove Park that encompasses the City-owned athletic fields located on Burton Avenue, shall follow the same hours of operation as in Subsection A above, with the following exceptions:
(1) 
Use of athletic fields by Northfield Little League, Northfield Babe Ruth Baseball, or the Family Association of Northfield for official sports programs shall not be subject to the regular hours of operation.
(2) 
Use of athletic fields by any other group or organization shall be bound by the time constraints established pursuant to an approved use of facilities agreement, and as authorized under § 250-3.
C. 
The Bandstand/Gazebo area of Birch Grove Park shall follow the same hours of operation as in Subsection A above, with the following exceptions:
(1) 
Use of the Bandstand/Gazebo area by the City of Northfield Cultural Committee shall not be subject to the regular hours of operation.
(2) 
Use of the Bandstand/Gazebo area by any other group or organization shall be bound by the time constraints established pursuant to an approved use of facilities agreement, and as authorized under § 250-3.
D. 
The First Street Playground shall be open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
[Added 3-5-2002 by Ord. No. 4-2002]
It shall be unlawful for any member of the public who shall visit Birch Grove Park to feed the geese and other waterfowl within the park. Any person violating this section shall be subject to the violation and penalties portion of this article.
[Amended 4-24-2012 by Ord. No. 3-2012]
The penalty for violation of any provision of this article shall be as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-15.