Village of Spring Valley, NY
Rockland County
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For the purposes of this article, the following words, terms and phrases shall have the meanings herein ascribed to them:
PARK
Includes any park or any other area owned or used by the Village and devoted to active or passive recreation under the supervision of the Director of Recreation and Parks.
PERMIT
Any written licenses issued by or under the authority of the Mayor, Board of Trustees or Clerk of the Village, permitting the performance of a specified act or acts or the conduct of a particular function, program or activity.
VEHICLE
Any vehicle propelled by power other than muscular power.
The Director of Recreation and Parks and members of the Police Department shall, in connection with their duties imposed by law, diligently enforce the provisions of this article.
Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parks shall be open to the public every day of the year from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise designated by the Director of Recreation and Parks.
Where park facilities are limited, the Director of Recreation and Parks may restrict their use to residents of the Village and their guests.
A. 
When required. Organizations or organized groups of more than ten (10) persons desiring to use the parks shall apply for a permit at least fourteen (14) days prior to the day requested.
B. 
Application procedure. An application shall be filed with the Director of Recreation and Parks, upon forms to be supplied by the Director, seeking such information as reasonably necessary for a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
[Amended 7-10-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
C. 
Standards for issuance. The Director shall issue a permit when he finds:
[Amended 7-10-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
(1) 
That the proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the park.
(2) 
That the proposed activity and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
(3) 
That the proposed activity or use is not unreasonably anticipated to incite violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
(4) 
That the proposed activity will not entail unusual, extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Village.
(5) 
That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use on the day and at the hour required in the application.
(6) 
That the applicant has furnished the Village with a certificate of public liability coverage in the limits of $2,000,000 for personal injury and $500,000 for property damage is in force. Liability insurance is required for groups using the park facilities over a given period of time on a periodic basis.
(7) 
That the applicant has paid $35 for each time slot as established by the Director. Double time slots fee is $70. All day events fee is $200.
D. 
Appeal. Within seven days after receipt of an application, the Director shall notify an applicant, in writing, of his/her reasons for refusing a permit, and any aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal, in writing, within 10 days, to the Mayor, who shall consider the application under the standards set forth in Subsection C of this section and sustain or overrule the Director's decision within seven days. The decision of the Mayor shall be final.
E. 
Effect of permit.
(1) 
A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable laws as fully as though the same were inserted in said permit.
(2) 
The permit shall cover use of the described site only and shall not include permission to use any other area.
(3) 
The permit shall only be valid for the date indicated. No area will be held for a postponement date.
F. 
Liability of permittee. The person to whom a permit is issued shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of negligence of the person to whom such permit has been issued. The permittee shall also be responsible for any damage done to any physical properties of the Village.
G. 
Revocation. The Superintendent shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon a finding of violation of any rule or law or upon good cause shown.
A. 
Wherever used herein, the term "designated areas" shall mean a specific posted area. Where a particular area in any Village park is not designated or posted for the conduct of any particular activity or function, the same is prohibited and may not be performed or carried on in said park.
B. 
That section of Memorial Park which is comprised of the flagpole, the rotunda, the blacktopped area immediately surrounding the same and abutting said rotunda and the blacktopped driveway area running in a southerly direction leading to the rotunda shall be designated as the "Veterans' Memorial Areas." No public assemblages or meetings shall be conducted in said Veterans' Memorial Area, unless such public assemblages or meetings shall have as their major purpose memorial or other honorary services for veterans of the various branches of the military service of the United States. No such public assemblages or meetings shall be conducted in said Veterans' Memorial Area without a permit first being had and obtained from the Village Board, upon the Village Board being satisfied that the proposed public assemblages or meetings shall be for the purposes set forth herein.
The following acts are prohibited, and no person shall:
A. 
Injure, deface, disturb or befoul any part of the park or any building, sign, equipment or other property therein or remove, injure or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, rock or other mineral found therein.
B. 
Interfere with any lamp, lamppost or electric light apparatus or extinguish the light therein, except upon proper authority.
C. 
Set fire or assist another to set fire to any timber, trees, shrubs, grass, leaves, growth or any combustible material or suffer any fire upon other land to extend onto any part of the park.
D. 
Throw, cast, lay, drop, discharge, deposit, bring into or leave in any part of the park any garbage, sewage, refuse, waste or other obnoxious material otherwise than in receptacles or pits provided for such purpose.
E. 
Drive or propel or cause to be driven or propelled along or over any road within the park any vehicle at a greater rate of speed than 20 miles per hour.
F. 
Park or store any motorcar, motorcycle, bicycle, wagon or other vehicle within the park except in places designated for such purposes; or park or operate any vehicle in the park, after dark, without lights; or park any vehicle in the park after midnight, during the hours of darkness, in areas other than those designated for such purposes. In no event shall any cars remain in the park after 2:00 a.m.
G. 
Gamble in the park or bring into the park or have in his possession while in there any implement or device commonly used or intended to be used for gambling purposes.
H. 
Bring into, have or keep in the park any cat or other animal destructive of birdlife or wildlife; bring into, have or keep in the park any dog or any other pet or domesticated animal of a destructive nature, unless the same is on a leash or in a cage.
I. 
Use loud, boisterous or indecent language or interfere with any officer of the park or Village in the performance of his duty.
J. 
Conduct himself in such a manner as to:
(1) 
Endanger the life, limb or property of the other visitors to the park.
(2) 
Conduct himself in such a manner as to be suggestive of immoral acts.
(3) 
Be offensive or injurious to the morals of minors or any other person frequenting the park.
K. 
Introduce or carry any firecrackers or fireworks; or throw, cast, kick or strike any baseball, golf ball, football, basketball or other object except in places designated therefor.
L. 
Engage in, instigate, aid or encourage a contention or fight, whether or not a ring or prizefight.
M. 
Loiter or remain within the park or any part thereof, in a vehicle or otherwise, after the posted closing hour at such park without general or special permission.
N. 
Possess or use within the park any illegal substance or alcoholic beverage.
[Amended 7-10-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
No person shall commit any of the following acts within the parks of the Village without the consent of the Director of Recreation and Parks:
A. 
In any manner injure any tree, plant, grass, flower, fruit, turf or structure.
B. 
Keep or offer anything for sale.
C. 
Play any music.
D. 
Post or display any sign, banner or advertisement.
E. 
Deliver any public speech.
F. 
Solicit passengers for any vehicle for hire.
G. 
Obstruct in any way any roadway or path.
H. 
Discharge any firearms or fireworks.
I. 
Hold any picnic at a place not designated by the Director of Recreation and Parks.
J. 
Hold any public meeting or engage in any marching or driving as members of a military, political or other organization.
K. 
Build any fire.
L. 
Write, paint or carve on any tree, bench or structure.
M. 
Enter any place upon which words "NO ADMITTANCE" shall be displayed.
N. 
Play baseball, football, soccer or any other game at a place not designated by the Director of Recreation and Parks.
O. 
Bathe in any place not designated by the Director of Recreation and Parks for that purpose.
P. 
Enter nor leave said parks except at the established ways of entrance and exit.
Q. 
Violate the regulations of the Director of Recreation and Parks relating to any building or place.
R. 
Injure or unnecessarily disturb any fish, waterfowl, birds or animals.
S. 
Damage any notice posted by order or direction of the Director of Recreation and Parks.
T. 
Slide, ski, toboggan, sleigh or skate, except at such times and such places as may be designated by the Superintendent of Recreation and Parks for that purpose.
U. 
Camp or put up any tent or area for the purpose of camping.
The Superintendent of Recreation and Parks and any police officer shall have the authority to seize and confiscate any property, thing or device in the park or used in violation of this Article.
The Superintendent of Recreation and Parks and police officers shall have the authority to eject from the park any person acting in violation of this Article.