[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Providence 6-18-2007 by Ord. No. 473. Amendments noted where applicable.]
To promote the public health, safety, morals and general welfare, the Upper Providence Township Board of Supervisors finds that it is in the best interest of the Township to enact rules and regulations governing its parks located within Upper Providence Township.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any park, playground, tot lot, bicycle and/or walking trail, nature preserve or sanctuary, picnic area, athletic field, undeveloped public property and open space, and the grounds surrounding any public building owned, leased, maintained by or dedicated to Upper Providence Township.
- Any motorized device for carrying passengers or goods, including all-terrain vehicles.
The Recreation Director shall have immediate charge of the use of all parks, park equipment and facilities; shall develop recreational programs under Township sponsorship; and shall regulate and issue permits for the use of parks by community groups. The Recreation Director may promulgate general regulations for the use of parks subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors.
It shall be unlawful to wash or make other than emergency repairs to any motor or other vehicle in any Township park.
Except for those holding group permits, it shall be unlawful to engage in any organized group game, activity or instruction in any Township park, except in such places specifically provided and set apart for such use.
It shall be unlawful for private individuals or groups to engage in fund-raising, profitmaking or commercial activities in any Township park without a permit, which permits will only be issued to community-based organizations for an activity cosponsored by the Township and subject to restrictions and conditions which may be imposed by the Recreation Director.
It shall be unlawful to trespass on adjacent lands of residents or to harass the owners thereof.
No person shall be present in any Township park while under the influence of intoxicating beverages, drugs or any other controlled substances.
Permits for the use of parks by groups of five persons or more desiring to engage in organized games, for the use of picnic tables or for any other special purpose shall be issued by the Recreation Director upon application therefor, which application shall be submitted to the Recreation Director at least 48 hours before the applicant intends to use the park.
The Township may allow certain park facilities to be used by permit and may provide that a fee be charged for making such reservations. Reservation fees shall be as set forth in the Township schedule of fees, as adopted from time to time by the Board of Supervisors.
Time slots for using parks and open space can be reserved by permit and will take precedence over other public uses of the area.
Additional regulations governing group permits may be promulgated by the Recreation Director.
No person in a park shall willfully mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with, displace or remove any building, table, bench, railing, paving, water line or other public utility or any part thereof, sign, notice or placard, whether temporary or permanent, monument, stake, post or other boundary marker or other structure or equipment, facility or appurtenance, whether real or personal.
No person shall light or permit a fire to burn in a park, except in designated areas.
When the Township institutes a ban on all burning within Upper Providence Township, then lighting or permitting all fires in parks shall be prohibited.
Nothing in the section shall be construed to prohibit Upper Providence Township from conducting any burning in a Township park.
No person shall annoy, injure or kill any animal or bird in a park; disturb any fish or waterfowl in streams, pools or ponds; or remove or carry away any bird's nest or egg, nor shall any person injure or damage any tree, plant, shrub, fern, blossom, flower or turf. The picking of violets, buttercups, daisies and dandelions in parks, however, is permitted.
No person in a park shall fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms and washrooms in a neat and sanitary condition. No person over the age of five years shall use a restroom or washroom designated for use by persons of the opposite sex.
No person shall throw, discharge or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any pond, lake or stream in any park, or in any tributary, storm sewer or drain flowing into a park, any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which may result in the pollution of said waters.
Refuse and trash shall be placed in proper receptacles, where they are provided. Where receptacles are not so provided, all such refuse and trash shall be removed from the park by the person responsible for its presence and shall be properly disposed of elsewhere.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle in any Township park, unless such person is a park patron who is using such park for park purposes during such time as such patron's motor vehicle is parked in such park.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle in any Township park at any time other than during park hours.
No person shall park any motor vehicle in any portion of a park except in spaces set aside and marked for parking purposes, and no person shall occupy a parked motor vehicle after dark except with the interior lights turned on.
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive recklessly in a park, and no person shall drive in a park in excess of the posted speed limit.
No person shall enter or leave a park except by entrances and exits provided for such purposes, and no person shall drive a motor vehicle in a park except on a road or driveway. No motorized vehicles shall be operated upon seeded or natural areas of any Township park, except emergency vehicles and park maintenance vehicles.
In no way shall this section operate to prohibit electronic aid devices such as motorized wheelchairs used by persons with disabilities.
It shall be unlawful for any person to bring any animal into a park, except as set forth in Article II of this chapter.
No gambling; obscene or indecent act; abusive, threatening, indecent or profane language; or conduct that annoys other persons shall be allowed in any Township park.
[Amended 3-16-2015 by Ord. No. 544]
The use of fireworks is prohibited in a park, except for displays organized by the Township or any of its instrumentalities.
The use of bicycles, skateboards, vehicles powered by motor or motor-powered model airplanes in a park is prohibited except at locations specifically designated for such purposes.
The Township is empowered and authorized to purchase and post such signage as necessary to effect the provisions of this chapter.
All Township parks shall be open from dawn to dusk. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, the Recreation Director may establish alternate park hours for Township events.
The rules and regulations set forth in this chapter shall not be applicable to Upper Providence Township or to its employees or agents acting within the scope of their official duties.
Any person violating any provision set forth in this Chapter 120 or any section hereof shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction before a District Justice, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, or, in default thereof, to imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.
To promote the public health, safety, morals and general welfare, the Upper Providence Township Board of Supervisors finds that it is in the best interest of the Township to establish certain rules and regulations pertaining to the use of the Reynolds Dog Park.
In general. For purposes of this Article II only, all references to "park" shall mean the Reynolds Dog Park. Owners and handlers of dogs within the park must remain within the fenced area at all times and must clean up any dog waste immediately. Owners and handlers of dogs must remain within visual sight and voice control of their dogs at all times. Each owner and handler may have a maximum of three dogs in the park at any given time. All dogs in the park must be healthy, properly licensed and have current inoculations. All dogs in the park must wear collars with license, rabies tags and rescue information.
Prohibited items. All food, whether for consumption by humans or dogs, is prohibited in the park. All prong, pinch or spiked collars are prohibited in the park. Dogs in heat and dogs under the age of six months are prohibited in the park. All vehicles and all children's toys are prohibited in the park.
Children. Children under age six years must remain within arm's reach of a responsible adult at all times. Children ages six to 13 years must remain under the strict supervision of a responsible adult at all times.
Assumption of risk. All persons using the park, and all owners and handlers of dogs within the park, assume all risks related to the use of the Reynolds Dog Park.