The Town of Orange recognizes that the acquisition and preservation of undeveloped lands for open space and passive recreation is of great benefit to the health, welfare and quality of life of the community. In order to protect and preserve the Town's passive open space for the continuous use and enjoyment by the residents of the Town of Orange and the general public, the Town must establish rules and regulation by ordinance governing the use of its passive open space.
As used herein, the following terms shall have the definitions set forth:
- PASSIVE OPEN SPACE
- Land designated by vote of the Board of Selectmen to be retained predominately in its natural, scenic, forested and/or open space condition and to provide opportunities for use for passive recreation. Any property subject to a conservation or public recreation easement, in favor of the State of Connecticut, pursuant to the Protected Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program of the State of Connecticut, shall be considered passive open space.
- PASSIVE RECREATION
- Hiking, walking, fishing and similar activities not otherwise prohibited by this article other than the uses designated for recreational open space.
- RECREATIONAL OPEN SPACE
- Land of the Town of Orange committed and developed for athletics, including without limitation, soccer fields and baseball and softball diamonds.
This article shall apply to all passive open space as designated by the Board of Selectmen.
The following properties are hereby designated by the Board of Selectmen as passive open space: Racebrook Tract, Housatonic Overlook, Tucker's Ridge, Wright's Farm, that portion of Fred Wolfe Park not dedicated to recreational open space, the Wepawaug Bend, Short Road, Howard Brooks Conservation Area, and the Paul Ode Trail.
The Board of Selectmen may by resolution designate any Town owned land as passive open space or remove the designation of passive open space from any Town owned land so designated, or authorize any activities otherwise prohibited or disallow any activities allowed pursuant to this article on any one or more parcels of land designated as passive open space.
It shall be unlawful and in violation of this article for any person to engage in the following prohibited activities:
Except for police personnel on patrol or officials, employees or designees of the Town of Orange Park and Recreation Department or Orange Conservation Commission on official business, or ice skating at Wright's Pond pursuant to rules adopted by the Park and Recreation Commission, remaining on any passive open space other than 1/2 hour before sunrise through 1/2 hour after sunset.
Except in appropriately marked receptacle provided by the Town, deposit or cause to be deposited or retained or cause to be retained, any litter, as such term is defined in § 276-2 of the Orange Code.
Bicycling, except on the Racebrook Tract pursuant to rules adopted by the Park and Recreation Commission.
The possession or discharge of any firearm, bow and arrow, or other dangerous weapon.
The hunting, trapping or killing of any animal.
Dumping of any kind of any materials, including without limitation, old vehicles, appliances, or similar waste.
The possession or use of any illegal or illicit drugs or controlled substances.
The cutting, injuring, defacing, removing or disturbing of any building, fence, bench or other structure or property.
The use of cars, dune buggies, motorcycles, snowmobiles, trucks or other motorized vehicles.
The lighting of fireworks or sparklers.
Paintball or the use of paintball guns or other paintball paraphernalia.
Riding, grazing or walking of horses, cattle or other livestock, except horseback riding on the Racebrook Tract subject to such rules as are adopted by the Park and Recreation Commission.
Having pets or other animals, except authorized horseback riding, at the Racebrook Tract.
The following activities shall be prohibited without the prior written approval of the Orange Park and Recreation Commission or its designated official:
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be fined $100 for each such violation.
This article shall be effective on the 21st day after its publication in accordance with § 3.4 of the Town Charter.