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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Stockertown 8-6-1979 by Ord. No. 165. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Animals — See Ch. 76.

Nuisances — See Ch. 147.

Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 172.

Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 228.


§ 161-1 Definitions.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

PARKS, RECREATION AREAS AND PUBLIC PROPERTY
Includes all parks, playgrounds, recreation areas and public property now or hereafter owned or maintained by the Borough of Stockertown, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The following areas are intended to include, but shall not limit, those areas owned by the Borough of Stockertown which are hereby specifically designated as playgrounds, parks, recreational areas or public places:
A.

Newhart Memorial Park.

B.

Borough Baseball Field.

C.

Bushkill and Center Mini Park.

D.

Christmas Tree Park.

§ 161-2 Park Commission.

From and after the date of this chapter, the parks, recreation areas and public property located in the Borough of Stockertown shall be supervised and maintained by a park commission to be known as the "Stockertown Park Commission."

§ 161-3 Authority of Park Commission.

The Stockertown Park Commission shall have authority to supervise and maintain the parks, recreation areas and public property within the Borough of Stockertown, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, subject to approval by the Council of the Borough of Stockertown, and shall have the power to promulgate rules, regulations and policy relative to the use, operation, maintenance, and management of said parks and playgrounds in addition to the rules and regulations set forth in this chapter. All persons visiting any of said parks, recreation areas and public property shall be subject to said rules and regulations.

§ 161-4 Membership of Park Commission.

The Stockertown Park Commission shall consist of five persons, all of whom shall be appointed by the Council of the Borough of Stockertown with each member serving for a term of five years, with terms staggered so that no two members of the Commission shall be selected in any year except for the first year, at which time one member shall be selected for a five-year term, the second member shall be selected for a four-year term, the third member shall be selected for a three-year term, the fourth member shall be selected for a two-year term, and the fifth member shall be selected for a one-year term.

§ 161-5 Accountability to Borough Council.

The Stockertown Park Commission shall be accountable to the Council of the Borough of Stockertown regarding the operation, maintenance and management of the parks, recreation areas and public property located in the Borough of Stockertown and shall submit to Council on or before the first Monday in October of each year the budget for the succeeding year and shall submit to the Council annually, with said proposed budget, an account showing all receipts and disbursements and a balance statement for the preceding year reflecting the operation of the said Commission.

§ 161-6 Applicability of rules and regulations.

A.

The rules and regulations herein set forth apply to all parks, recreation areas and public property. No Borough-owned property shall be used for any purpose without the prior authorization of the Borough Park Commission.

B.

The said parks, recreation areas and public property are for the benefit and pleasure of the residents of the Borough of Stockertown, Pennsylvania, and all persons, firms, corporations, partnerships or legal entities who use the said facilities shall be subject to the rules and regulations herein set forth and any amendments thereto.

§ 161-7 Hours of operation.

A.

All parks and recreation areas, as defined in this chapter, shall be closed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Any person, firm, corporation, partnership or legal entity found within any such park or recreation area during the hours when it shall be closed, as herein provided, shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to the penalties herein provided.

B.

This section shall not apply to persons within such parks or recreation areas who are members of a group who have obtained approval from the Borough Park Commission to use such recreation areas and parks and who have also registered the time, date, place and nature of their activity with the Borough Park Commission.

§ 161-8 Driving or parking of vehicles.

Driving or parking of automobiles or of any other vehicle shall be permitted only on the paved roadways or clearly designated places within said parks or recreation areas, unless otherwise directed by the police or the Mayor of the Borough of Stockertown or the Borough Park Commission.

§ 161-9 Prohibited acts.

No person, firm, corporation, partnership or legal entity shall, at any time, use any portion of any Borough land or property designated as a park, playground, recreation area or public property for any purpose other than recreational, without the prior specific authorization of the Borough Park Commission. The following are listed only as examples of the kinds of activities that are specifically prohibited:

A.

Commit any disorderly or immoral act.

B.

Be intoxicated.

C.

Drink any alcoholic beverages except by permission of the Park Commission.

D.

Throw stones or missiles.

E.

Hit or drive a golf ball.

F.

Publicly solicit subscriptions.

G.

Allow any animal on any athletic field during any athletic event, or to bring any dog into any recreation area or park or to allow any dog to remain in any recreation area or park at any time.

H.

Throw, deposit or drain any offensive substance of any kind or deposit paper, fruit, refuse, lunch baskets or other refuse in any place, save in receptacles provided therefor.

I.

Sleep on the ground or elsewhere, except in such places and at such times which may be designated by the Borough Council.

J.

Utter loud, profane, offensive and indecent language.

K.

Setting off fire works or rockets without the specific permission of the Borough Council.

L.

The driving or riding of automobiles, snowmobiles, trucks or buses and the use of any mechanical or powered equipment, vehicles and devices as well as the parking of automobiles, trailers, carts, wagons, sleds, cycles or any other vehicle or means of conveyance in any area not clearly designated for such use.

M.

In any manner pull, injure or break any flower, fruit, plant, tree, grass, turf, pump or water fixtures, or any other structures.

N.

Write, paint or carve on any tree, bench or other structure.

O.

Carry or discharge any fire arms, air rifles, air pistols or slingshots.

§ 161-10 Violations and penalties.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

Any person, persons, firm, corporation, partnership or legal entity found engaged in any unauthorized activity or using any Borough-owned property or parks, recreation areas or public property without prior authorization, or otherwise violating any provisions of this chapter, shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fines and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Provided, the fact that a violator has been penalized, after hearing, as herein provided, shall not preclude the Borough or other injured party from taking the proper legal action, including actions in civil court for damages or in equity for a writ of injunction.

 

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