Township of Pittsgrove, NJ
Salem County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pittsgrove 3-13-1985 by Ord. No. 3-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 27.
Clean Communities Program — See Ch. 34.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 37.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 40.
Firesafety — See Ch. 45.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 47.
Games of chance — See Ch. 48.
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 49.
Land use and development — See Ch. 60.
Noise — See Ch. 69.
Public peace and safety — See Ch. 74.
Solicitation by charitable organizations — See Ch. 82.
Waste management — See Ch. 83, Art. I.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 96.
Public swimming pools — See Ch. 116.
The provisions hereof relate to the parks, streams, lakes and recreational areas within the jurisdiction of the Township of Pittsgrove, in the County of Salem and State of New Jersey, hereinafter referred to as “park areas,” and to all persons who enter upon or use said areas. The Township Committee of the Township of Pittsgrove, in the County of Salem and State of New Jersey is hereinafter referred to as the “Committee.”
It shall be unlawful for any person in park areas to:
A. 
Willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or displace or remove any tree, plant, building, bridge, table, bench, fireplace, railings, paving, waterlines or other public utilities or parts or appurtenances thereof, signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments or other structures or equipment, facilities or property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal, without the authorization of the Committee.
B. 
Construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public utility into, upon or across such lands without the authorization of the Committee.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 37, Construction Codes, Uniform.
C. 
Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, pursue, kill, trap, chase, tease, shoot or throw any missile at any animal or bird or to remove or have in his possession the young of any wild animal or the eggs or nest or young of any animal or bird.
D. 
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 part of any tributary, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into such water any substance, matter or thing, liquid, solid or gas which will or may result in the pollution of said waters, including but not limited to those materials designated as hazardous waste pursuant to New Jersey Statutes.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 49, Hazardous Materials.
E. 
Dump, deposit or leave any bottles, broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage or refuse or other trash, and no such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in or contiguous to park areas or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are provided and, where receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from park areas by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of elsewhere.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 83, Art. I, Waste Management.
F. 
Drive any vehicle on any area except the park roads or designated parking areas, nor leave a vehicle standing or parked at night in established parking areas or elsewhere in park areas.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 96, Vehicles and Traffic.
G. 
Ride a bicycle on other than a paved vehicular road or path designated for that purpose or to 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 them.
H. 
Bring any animal into any park area except horses in compliance with Subsection R of this section, except as permitted for Township-sponsored events.
[Amended 3-28-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-3]
I. 
Indecently expose his person or dress or undress on any beach or in any vehicle, toilet or other place in park areas.
J. 
Swim, bathe or wade in any lake, stream or other body of water in park areas, except as may be authorized by the Committee.
K. 
Launch, dock or operate any boat of any kind or character in the waters aforesaid except as may be authorized by the Committee.
L. 
Use, 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 wild life and dangerous to human safety or any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges or any kind of trapping device.
M. 
Picnic in a place other than those designated for that purpose or violate the regulation that the use of individual fireplaces, together with tables and benches, follows generally the rule of “first come, first served,” unless reservations are approved in advance by the Committee for groups and organizations.
N. 
Use any portion of the picnic areas or of any of the, buildings or structures therein for the purpose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, nor shall any person use such area and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded.
O. 
Leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash in the nature of boxes, paper, cans, bottles, garbage and other refuse is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then refuse and trash shall be carried away from the area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere.[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 83, Art. I, Waste Management.
P. 
Set up tents, shacks or any other temporary shelter for the purpose of overnight camping, nor shall any person leave in the park areas after closing hours any movable structure or special vehicle to be used for such purpose, such as a house trailer, camp trailer, camp wagon or the like without prior approval of the Committee.
Q. 
Take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins or model airplanes, except in areas set apart for such forms of active recreation by the Committee.
R. 
Ride a horse, except on designated bridle trails. Where permitted, horses shall be thoroughly broken and properly restrained, and ridden with care, and shall not be allowed to graze or go unattended nor shall they be hitched to any rock, tree or shrub.
S. 
Ride and/or operate dirt bikes and/or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), unless the vehicle is approved for a specific use by an individual or organization for an approved event.
[Added 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 1-2009]
T. 
Allow animals or pets of any kind in any Pittsgrove Township facility, unless it is a medically approved service animal accompanying the owner.
[Added 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 1-2009]
U. 
Park in a location that is not in a designated parking area. Vehicles illegally parked will be subject to towing at the owners' expense.
[Added 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 1-2009]
V. 
Possess firearms, fireworks, bows, arrows, slings and other projectiles, including golf clubs and golf balls.
[Added 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 1-2009]
W. 
Possess and/or use alcohol and/or drugs in any Pittsgrove Township facility, except as permitted for Township-sponsored events.
[Amended 3-28-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-3]
A. 
Lakes, streams and other bodies of water in park areas which are suitable for fishing shall be available to the residents of the Township of Pittsgrove for public fishing at lawful times and in such lawful manner as may be permitted by the laws of the State of New Jersey.
B. 
The Committee may curtail or strictly prohibit any or all fishing privileges authorized hereunder which it deems necessary for the conservation and preservation of fish or any other reasonable cause in which the best interest of the is in any manner involved.
While in park areas all persons shall conduct themselves in a proper and orderly manner and, in particular, no person shall:
A. 
Possess alcoholic beverages in park areas or consume the same while there or be under the influence of intoxicating liquor while there.[1]
[Amended 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 9-2005]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 27, Alcoholic Beverages.
B. 
Enter into or loiter or remain in any part, 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.
C. 
Solicit alms or contributions for any purpose, whether public or private.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 82, Solicitation by Charitable Organizations.
D. 
Build or attempt to build a fire except in such areas and under such regulations as may be designated by the Committee. No person shall drop, throw or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other inflammable material within park areas or any highway, road or street abutting or contiguous thereto.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 45, Firesafety.
E. 
Enter an area posted as “closed to the public,” nor shall any person use or abet the use of any area in violation of posted notices, including but not limited to parking in areas designated for the handicapped.
F. 
Gamble or participate in or abet any game of chance.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 48, Games of Chance.
G. 
Sleep or protractedly lounge on the seats or benches or engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language or engage in any disorderly conduct or behavior tending to a breach of the public peace.[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 69, Noise, and Ch. 74, Public Peace and Safety.
H. 
Expose or offer for sale any article or thing, nor shall any person station or place any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, or sale or display of any such articles or things, without written consent of the Committee.
I. 
Paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, except as may be authorized by the Committee.
A. 
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, park areas shall be open to the public every day of the year during daylight hours, except that Green Branch Park, which has artificial lights for its facility, shall be permitted to stay open after daylight hours during authorized use of said lights.
[Amended 12-22-1997 by Ord. No. 13-1997]
B. 
Park areas or any section thereof may be declared closed to the public by the Committee at any time and for any interval of time, either temporarily or at regular and stated intervals (daily or otherwise) and either entirely or merely to certain uses, as the Committee shall find reasonably necessary.
[Added 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 1-2009]
A. 
Pittsgrove Township public parks and recreation facilities are for the use and benefit of the general public and shall remain accessible to all members of the public from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise reserved and approved by the Pittsgrove Township Recreation Committee and the Pittsgrove Township Committee, or otherwise set forth in this chapter. All such use shall be in accordance with all applicable state, county and local laws and ordinances.
[Amended 4-14-2009 by Ord. No. 6-2009]
B. 
Pittsgrove Township Public Works Department shall exclusively set a schedule to rest and maintain any given field at any Pittsgrove Township facility.
C. 
Pittsgrove Township shall not be responsible for lost or stolen property or any damage to personal property while on Township premises.
D. 
Pittsgrove Township shall not be responsible for any costs incurred in enforcing rules, laws or ordinances applicable to use of the facilities or expenses arising from improper or unapproved use of the facilities by individuals or organizations.
[Added 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 1-2009]
The following provisions shall apply to any request to use a park or park facility:
A. 
Reservations are required at least 30 calendar days in advance for most activities, however those events which will likely utilize the majority of any given complex for four hours or more on any given day (such as tournaments, community celebrations, etc.) shall be scheduled at least 60 days in advance in order to provide ample time to prepare the facility.
B. 
Requests for park usage shall be filed, in writing, with the Pittsgrove Township Recreation Advisory Committee and shall be subject to approval of that organization as well as the Township Committee.
C. 
Conflicts in scheduling are to be reported immediately to the Pittsgrove Township Recreation Department and must be documented within 15 calendar days of the scheduled event.
D. 
Any complaint regarding the use of any Pittsgrove Township facility shall be provided, in writing, to the Pittsgrove Township Administrator within 24 hours of the occurrence.
E. 
Individuals or organizations who do not wish to share equipment with any other individuals or organizations must remove their equipment immediately at the conclusion of their event or secure the equipment in their respective storage facilities. Equipment left in any Pittsgrove Township facility shall be considered available for public use.
[Added 2-28-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-1]
A. 
When an applicant requests to reserve all or a portion of a Township facility, and the intended use of such facility is to accommodate a significant number of guests and/or participants, the applicant will be required to exercise due diligence in mitigating any risks posed to public safety as addressed in this section.
B. 
For the purposes of addressing what is and what is not a significant number of guests/participants, the applicant will report on its facility use request application the number of expected guests/participants. These numbers may be based upon historical figures, participant/guest attendance confirmations, or through another reasonable means.
C. 
Whereas it is of the utmost interest of all parties to ensure public safety, the applicant will be required to hire police officers through off-duty employment. Police officers may be instructed by the applicant to ensure that event participators/guests are abiding by the laws established in this chapter and to safely control traffic at affected local intersections.
D. 
Unless otherwise specifically required by the Township of Pittsgrove, an applicant will be required to fulfill obligations under § 72-5.3C when their expected number of guests/participants meets or exceeds the following:
Number of Guests/Participants
Between 1 and 500
No action required
Between 501 and 1,500
Hiring of 1 off-duty police officer
1,501 and above
Hiring of 2 off-duty police officers
E. 
Unless otherwise specifically required by the Township of Pittsgrove, an applicant will be required to notify local police, ambulance, and other emergency response organizations for participants/guests in excess of 500 individuals and will be subjected to the recommendations of such organizations.
A. 
Law enforcement officers having jurisdiction to enforce this resolution, in connection with their duties imposed by law, shall diligently enforce the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
The Committee and any park attendant or any person given lawful authority by the Committee shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of this chapter.
C. 
The Committee and any park attendant or any other person given lawful authority by the Committee shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park used in violation of this chapter.
D. 
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provisions of this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction, to one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail for any term not exceeding 90 days; or by a fine of no less than $100 and not more than $2,000; or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, for each offense, pursuant to § 72-4A.
[Amended 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 9-2005; 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 4-2006]