Chapter 16 – Parks & Recreation

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CHAPTER 16

PARKS AND RECREATION
PART 1

CONDUCT IN RECREATION FACILITIES
§101. Rules of Conduct; General
§102. Rules of Conduct Applicable to Specific Sites
§103. Rules to be Posted
§104. Penalties
Appendix A. Rules and Regulations
I. Hampden Township Swimming Pool Rules and Regulations
II. Water Slide Rules and Regulations
III. Pool Playground Rules
IV. Hampden Pool Discipline Policy
V. Hampden Township Park Rules
VI. Conodoguinet Youth Park
PART 2

RECREATION FACILITY RESERVATION POLICY

§201. Recreation Facility Reservation Policy
PART 3

RULES FOR ARMITAGE GOLF COURSE
§301. Rules for Armitage Golf Course
PART 4

PROHIBITING ANIMALS FROM TOWNSHIP RECREATION LANDS
§401. Definitions
§402. Animals Unlawful
§403. Exceptions
§404. Signs
§405. Penalties

PART 1

CONDUCT IN RECREATION FACILITIES
§101. RULES OF CONDUCT; GENERAL.

The following rules and regulations shall govern the conduct of all persons using any of the recreation facilities of Hampden Township:

A. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

B. Profane or vulgar language and boisterous, immoral or indecent conduct are pro-hibited.

C. Trash, garbage and all other litter shall be placed in containers provided for said purpose, and shall be limited to materials accumulated during the use of said areas.

D. The removal, molestation, injury or damage to anything natural or physical within said area is prohibited. Violation shall result in revocation of privileges and restitution for damages. [Ord. 98-7]

E. Open fires and charcoal grills are prohibited except where expressly permitted.

F. Soliciting for any purpose or posting signs, other than those expressly authorized by the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners, is prohibited. The distribu-tion, sales, servicing or rental of any supplies, equipment, material or commodity is restricted to authorized concessionaires.

G. Vehicle operators shall obey posted speed limits, and use only roads and parking areas open to public vehicular traffic unless otherwise designated by the local recreation area supervisor. The operation of non-licensed motorized vehicles is not permitted on recreation area roads, trails and areas unless otherwise expressly permitted. Excessive noise, nuisance, and reckless or negligent operation is prohibited. [Ord. 98-7]

H. The use of explosives or the discharge and any type of air gun, air rifle or slingshot is prohibited. (Ord. 15-03, 01/29/2015)

I. Archery equipment is prohibited. (Ord. 15-03, 01/29/2015)

J. Wildlife shall not be hunted, pursued, molested or intentionally disturbed.

K. Outdoor recreation activity in recreation areas shall be restricted to the locations designated as appropriate for such purpose and use.

L. Temporary or permanent structures are prohibited unless expressly authorized by the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

M. Organized or unorganized instruction, exhibition, competition, demonstration or special events require prior written application to and approval from Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

N. Persons using playground apparatus shall wear shoes at all times. [Ord. 98-7]

O. Parents are responsible for their children while using playground apparatus. [Ord. 98-6]

P. Park hours shall be adhered to as posted. (Ord. 99-04, 05/27/1999, §1)

Q Unauthorized vehicles are prohibited. (Ord. 99-04, 05/27/1999, §1)

R. Parking of vehicles shall occur only in areas designed for parking. (Ord. 99-04, 05/27/1999, §1)

(Res. 73-6, 8/-/1973; as amended by Ord. 84-6, 7/3/1984; and by Ord. 98-7, 8/27/1998)
§102. RULES OF CONDUCT APPLICABLE TO SPECIFIC SITES.

In addition to the general rules of conduct in §101 above, the rules and regulations contained in Appendix A shall govern the conduct of all persons identified in said Appendix A.

(Ord. 99-04, 05/27/1999, §1
§103. RULES TO BE POSTED.

Rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this Part shall be posted at or near the recrea-tion facilities of Hampden Township, and shall become effective immediately.

(Res. 73-6, 8/-/1973, §3; as amended by Ord. 99-04, 05/27/1999, §1)
§104. PENALTIES.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.

(Res. 73-6, 8/- /1973, §4; as amended by Ord. 84-6, 7/3/1984; Ord. 98-7, 8/27/1998; and by Ord. 99-04, 05/27/1999, §1)
APPENDIX A

RULES AND REGULATIONS
HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP SWIMMING POOL RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. The following rules and regulations have been established for the protection of every patron of the pool. The Pool Manager and other authorized personnel are charged with the duty of enforcing all rules and regulations of the Hampden Township Pool. Parents, instruct your children and urge them to read and observe rules and obey the Pool Manager, lifeguards and other employees. Any objectionable activities or items not covered in these rules and regulations will be judged by the Pool Manager and willful violation of these rules shall be considered sufficient cause for immediate suspension of pool privileges for the offending member or guest without refund of any entrance fees. The duration of such suspension shall be determined by the Recreation Department.

2. Pool hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. We reserve the right to close the pool due to inclement weather, emergency situations or pool attendance, no refunds or rain checks issued.

3. Please observe the following health and safety rules while using the swimming pool facilities:

A. Pennsylvania law requires each bather to take a soap shower before entering the pool.

B. All persons shall use the pool and its facilities at their own risk. The lifeguard may refuse a swimmer admission to any area of the pool if the swimmer does not exhibit sufficient skill to insure his or her safety.

C. Management reserves the right to refuse admission or dismiss anyone who is sus-pected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

D. Management also reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone with skin abrasions, colds, coughs, inflamed eyes, athlete’s feet, infectious disorders, communicable diseases or to persons wearing Band-aids.

E. Toilet facilities should be used before entering the pool.

F. No glass containers of any kind shall be permitted in the pool area.

G. Anyone wearing sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses in the pool must wear a glasses guard strap.

H. No pets are allowed in Hampden Township Park facilities.

I. There is to be no running, pushing, roughhousing or towel-snapping in the com-plex, this includes the bathhouse.

J. Do not talk to the lifeguard, unless necessary.

K. Only children under 6 years of age may use the wading pool. Parents are responsible for children in this area.

L. Use of the pool when the pool is closed or when no regular lifeguard is in attend-ance is strictly prohibited.

M. No intoxicating beverages will be permitted on Hampden Township Recreation properties.

N. No person shall engage in indecent or otherwise offensive conduct or use profane or vulgar language.

O. No ball less than 8 inches in diameter will be permitted in the pool area.

P. Fins or any type of artificial support or device which might annoy others are only permitted in the pool area during uncrowded conditions with permission of the pool staff.

Q. There shall be no diving from the side of the swimming pool where the water depth is 5 feet or less.

R. The Hampden Township pool shall not be responsible for any accident, injury, theft or so-called loss or damage to personal property on its premises.

S. The cost of any property damage shall be charged to the responsible subscriber including damage caused by the guest of the subscriber.

T. Throwing of stones or foreign objects into the pool is prohibited.

U. All non-swimmers must remain on the shallow side of the life line and persons are requested not to hang on the ropes.

V. There is to be no smoking in the pool enclosure. Patrons who wish to smoke may do so in the court yard located directly in front of the admission desk where receptacles are provided for convenience.

W. All refuse must be placed in the appropriate containers provided.

X. All persons using the pool must wear appropriate bathing attire. No cut-off jeans or sweatshirts may be worn in the pool.

Y. The pool must be completely cleared for a safety check whenever the lifeguards blow their whistles at one time. The pool will be cleared hourly or at the discretion of the guards, depending upon the number of persons swimming, for the purpose of conducting a safety check.

Z. In case of an accident, report it to the lifeguard immediately. There is first aid equipment on the premises and trained personnel to use it.

AA. Non-swimmers who wish to enter the pool enclosure must pay regular daily ad-mission fees.

BB. Children 8 years and under must be accompanied by a person at least 14 years of age who must accept responsibility for the safety and conduct of the child.

CC. Portable radios, unless in use with personal headphones, shall not be permitted in the pool complex. In such cases, pool staff will confiscate the radio until the patron leaves the pool complex for the day.
II. WATER SLIDE RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. The following rules and regulations have been established for the safety of all patrons using the water slide. These rules shall be obeyed in addition to the general rules estab-lished for the use of the swimming pool.

A. There shall be a single file line from the first step to the top of the tower.

B. There shall be no horseplay, pushing, running or butting while in line.

C. Entry onto the slide from the tower shall be one at a time.

D. Entry onto the pool shall also be one at a time.

E. No more than one person on slide t one time.

F. A lifeguard will be stationed at the top of the tower and will indicate when it is safe to go down the slide.

G. Entry into the pool from the slide shall be feet first. Head first entry is prohibited.

H. Exit from the pool shall be by the ladder located in the landing area beside the slide.

I. Exit from the landing area shall be made quickly to prevent a long wait for others.

J. There shall be no swimming under the buoy line identifying the landing area.

K. The slide shall be reserved for those 18 years of age and older during adult swims.

L. The line shall be cut off at the first step allowing those who have entered the tower entry to the pool. Those people who have not entered the tower and are not 18 years of age or older will have to wait until adult swim is over to use the slide.

M. Parents with small children who may be apprehensive or lack confidence may stand to the rear of the landing area to enable them to help their children exit the landing area.

N. Use of swimmies or lifejackets is permissible upon approval of the pool staff. In-nertubes are prohibited.

2. Violations of the above rules and regulations may result in loss of water slide privileges or pool privileges as management deems appropriate.

3. These rules may be revised or additional rules established at any time by the Recreation Department
III. POOL PLAYGROUND RULES

The following rules and regulations have been established for the safety of all patrons using the playground equipment located inside the pool enclosure. These rules shall be obeyed in addition to the general rules established for the use of the pool.

A. Shoes or aquasocks shall be worn at all times when using the playground equip-ment.

B. There shall be no horseplay, pushing or running when using the playground equipment.

C. When waiting to use the slide, there shall be a single file line from the first step to the top of the slide tower.

D. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children while using the play-ground equipment.

E. Willful destruction of equipment or property shall result in revocation of privileges and restitution for damages.
IV. HAMPDEN POOL DISCIPLINE POLICY

Repeat violations of Hampden Pool rules will result in the following corrective actions to be taken by the pool staff, Pool Manager or the Recreation Department.

A. First Offense. A verbal warning and reminder of pool rules.

B. Second Offense. Ejection from the pool for a period of time deemed appropriate by the Pool Manager or the Recreation Department.

C. Third Offense. The individual will lose his/her pool privileges for the remainder of the summer. A refund for the pool membership will not be issued. Depending on the severity of the situation, the Pool Manager or the Recreation Department may modify the steps for corrective action. If deemed necessary, the Hampden Township Police Department may also be notified concerning the incident.
V. HAMPDEN, CREEKVIEW AND SALEM PARK RULES

1. Park hours at Creekview South Park and Salem Park are 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily except Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when the parks remain open until 11:00 p.m. Park hours for Creekview North Park and Hampden Park are 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. daily except Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when the parks will remain open until 11:30 p.m. [Ord. 16-06]

2. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

3. Unauthorized motorized vehicles of any type are prohibited.

4. Willful destruction of equipment or property shall result in revocation of privileges and restitution for damages.

5. Do not litter park grounds. Place refuse in proper containers.

6. Abusive or offensive language or behavior shall not be tolerated.

7. Bicycles, skateboards and roller skates are not permitted in courtyard area or on playing courts, i.e., tennis, basketball.

8. Speed limit in parking lot is 10 mph.

9. Watch for pedestrians and children.

10. Pets are prohibited.

11. Do not remove picnic tables and trash receptacles.

12. Place trash in receptacles provided.

13. If barbecues are used, dampen ashes and place in containers provided.

14. No sitting or standing on picnic tables; no climbing on fences.

15. Clean up the tables and general area when leaving. Turn off athletic field lights, if applicable.

16. Reservations required for large picnics.

17. Please make sure lights and water are shut off before leaving.

18. There is to be no parking in area not paved and lined for the purpose of parking. Violators shall be fined.

19. Parking vehicles in areas designed for use by disabled individuals must have on display the proper authorization. Violators will be fined.

20. No motor vehicles may be driven in park, except emergency vehicles, Township personnel or those receiving prior written permission by the Recreation Department.

21. There are to be no organized sports activities in the park without prior written permis-sion. All sports activities shall be conducted in the areas designed and designated for such use.

22. Your taxes paid for the park and pavilion. Help keep them clean and orderly. Thank you.
VI. CONODOGUINET YOUTH PARK

1. Park hours are 9:00 a.m. to dusk. The park will be open April 1 through October 31.

2. With permission, the park may be reserved for the use of organized youth and family groups with on-site adult supervision and organized adult civic, fraternal, business and church groups for overnight camping. All groups will be limited to 100 participants.

3. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

4. Unauthorized motor vehicles of any type or prohibited.

5. There is to be no parking in areas not designated for the purpose of parking. No motor vehicles may be driven in the park areas, except emergency vehicles, Township personnel or those receiving prior permission by the Rotary or Township.

6. Entry and exit for the facility shall be limited to the Orr’s Bridge Road access.

7. Persons using the facility are responsible and liable for any damages incurred during their use. Willful destruction of equipment or property shall result in revocation of privileges and restitution.

8. Persons using the facility may not move or remove tables, trash receptacles or other park property. Please make sure lights and water are shut off before leaving.

9. Do not litter park grounds. Place refuse in the proper containers. Groups are responsible for cleaning the tables and general area before leaving.

10. Fires are permitted only in grills and fireplaces. If barbecues are used, dampen ashes and place in ash container provided.

11. Persons using the facility shall conduct themselves with appropriate decorum giving regard to the surrounding residential area.

12. Archery is prohibited.

13. Washing and waxing of vehicles are prohibited.

14. Organized sports, not related to the approved activity, are prohibited.

15. If warnings of upcoming flood watches are published, the park shall be posted and no one will be allowed in the area.

16. Reservations for organized events are required and will be administered by the Hampden Township Recreation Department on a first-come first-served basis. An adult point-of-contact, responsible for the group’s adherence to these rules, must be identified at the time of registration and remain on site during the scheduled event. The group reserving the facility must post notice of the event in a prominent location visible to the general public. The group reserving the facility is responsible for removing the notice immediately following the event.

17. The Rotary and/or the Township reserves the right to terminate permission to use the facility without notice upon violation of the above rules.

(Res. 73-6, 8/-/1973; as amended by Ord. 98-7, 8/27/1998, by Ord. 05-06, 04/28/2005, §2 and by Ord. 16-06, 10/27/2016)
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PART 2

RECREATION FACILITY RESERVATION POLICY
§201. RECREATION FACILITY RESERVATION POLICY.

All individuals or groups who desire to reserve Township facilities are required to comply with the following guidelines:

A. Application Procedure.

(1) All persons or groups requesting use of the facility building, park pavilions, athletic fields, Emergency Services Building Training Room and/or the swimming pool must submit a completed “facility reservation request” or letter of request, along with the appropriate rental fee or deposit required to confirm the reservation.

(2) Cancellation should be reported to the Township as early as possible. Rental fees, less nonrefundable deposits, will be returned as long as the Township receives at least 2 weeks advance notice of such intent or if the cancellation is necessary due to inclement weather.

(3) The person signing the “facility reservation request” is responsible for the condition of the facility and/or equipment located within and any damage to the same.

(4) All requests shall be reviewed by Township staff and upon approval a “permit” will be issued as a confirmation of the reservation. Use of the facility shall be restricted to the terms specified on the permit issued to the group. Key and/or equipment may be picked up on the day of the reservation at the Recreation Office between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend rentals must pick up the key before 4:30 on Friday. All keys must be returned to the office by the next business day following the rental.

B. General Guidelines.

(1) All posted rules and regulations of the facility shall be applicable. All per-sons attending any activity within Township facilities must park in the ap-propriate parking area. No persons are permitted to park in lawn areas, in the fire lane or in the areas designated as parking for emergency services personnel.

(2) All persons using the Township facilities are responsible for cleaning before leaving. Tables and chairs should be wiped off and placed in the location in which they were found. Lights and water should be turned off and when appropriate, doors should be locked upon vacating the facility. If necessary, floors should be swept and/or mopped. All refuse must be gathered and placed in the proper containers. Cans and bottles are to be placed in recycle container. No trash is to be placed in recycle containers. Refuse receptacles located inside buildings must be emptied and the bags placed in the proper dumpster outside the building. Refuse receptacles located outside will be attended to by the Township staff.

(3) Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited within all Township facilities, with the exception of the facility building. Persons and/or groups reserving the facility building desiring to consume alcoholic beverages shall make known their intent on the application form not less than 30 days before the date of use. Each application must be accompa¬nied by a security deposit in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners. All, or a portion of this deposit, may be retained by the Township if excessive cleanup and/or repair of damage to the property is required. In the event no application is made for the consumption of alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages are found at the facility building, a fine may be assessed the person or persons whose signature appears on the application form according to Township ordinance.

(4) All groups or persons reserving Township facilities agree to assume respon-sibility and liability for any damage or injury incurred through use of the facility and relieve the Township of any responsibility for such activities. Certain groups that are associations and/or incorporated may be required to provide a certificate of insurance as proof of liability coverage for the current day/days use. This certificate shall be original and list the Township as the certificate holder and additional insured.

(5) In scheduling facilities, Township-related or sponsored activities will be given priority over all requests for use of facilities. Hampden Township Emergency Services personnel activities will be given priority in the Emergency Services Building Training Room.

(6) All groups or persons reserving Township facilities wishing to include con-cessions or vendors as part of the scheduled event should notify the Town-ship for approval in advance according to ordinance. All private vendors must possess a Hampden Township solicitor’s permit and provide a certifi-cate of insurance for Township files.

(7) Emergency Services Building Training Room. Reservation is restricted to static educational/training program and appropriate business-like activities. The training room may be reserved a maximum of 3 months in advance. Use of the kitchen area in the Emergency Room Services Building, with the exception of limited beverage service, is restricted to emergency services personnel. Groups or individuals operating or attending programs located in this building shall be restricted to the lobby, training room and public restrooms, unless accompanied by emergency service personnel.

(8) The Township reserves the right to refuse or void the application of an individual, family or group for failure to comply with the policy and to make additional rules and regulations as deemed necessary.

C. Fees and Charges. Fees shall be set by separate resolution, from time to time, by the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners. The fee for use of the Emergency Services Building Training Room will be the same as the fee for use of the facilities building. For the purpose of assessing fees for reservation and use of Township facilities, groups shall be categorized as explained below. This does not include use of the swimming pool. Please refer to the subsection below which contains exceptions for use of facilities:

(1) Group #1. All activities organized and operated by Township personnel, Township based sports leagues, civic clubs, service groups, scout groups and school district activities. Rental fees shall be waived for groups that qualify for this category. Groups qualifying for this category will remain responsible for security deposits, fees for use of athletic field lights and certain costs that may be incurred by the Township for management and/or operation of the facility.

(2) Group #2. Private individuals use, non-township sports leagues, civic, ser-vice and scout groups. All applicable fees shall be charged to groups or individuals that qualify for this category.

D. Exceptions.

(1) Swimming Pool. All individuals and groups may be responsible for rental fees associated with reservation of the swimming pool. All supervision and management personnel will be provided by the Township at the expense of the group or individual that has reserved the facility.

(2) Rental fees may be charged to those qualifying for Group #1 when one or more of the following conditions are met:

(a) A registration or admission fee is charged.

(b) The purpose of the use is to generate revenue.

(c) Swimming pool or athletic field lights are used.

(Res. 90-6, 2/6/1990; as amended by Res. 95-39, 11/30/1995)

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PART 3

RULES FOR ARMITAGE GOLF COURSE
§301. RULES FOR ARMITAGE GOLF COURSE.

1. In the best interest of the safe and orderly management of the Armitage Golf Course, the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners officially states that the following rules of play and golf cart rules shall be effected immediately and directs the golf course professional and superintendent to enforce these rules:

A. Rules of Play.

(1) Beverage coolers of any type shall not be permitted on the course. The course reserves the right to limit the number of cans and bottles carried onto the course.

(2) Each player shall have a set of clubs.

(3) Each player shall wear a shirt and approved shoes.

(4) Fivesomes shall not be permitted.

(5) There shall be not more than two people or two sets of clubs per golf carts.

(6) Golf carts shall be operated in a safe and appropriate manner in accor-dance with adopted golf cart rules.

(7) Player shall attempt to keep pace with the player(s) in front.

(8) Golfers are required to repair ball marks, replace divots and rake traps.

B. Golf Cart Rules.

(1) Persons operating a power cart must possess a valid driver’s license.

(2) Carts must be kept on cart paths where provided.

(3) Carts must be kept in rough at least 30 feet from greens and tees where no cart paths are provided and must stay outside roped areas.

(4) Ninety degrees crossing of fairways is permitted, but parking in fairways is not allowed. Persons operating power carts shall obey cart directional signs.

(5) Persons operating power carts in a dangerous and/or destructive manner will have their cart privileges revoked without refund.
2. The golf course professional and/or superintendent may remove a player from the course without a refund for failure to comply with these rules of play and golf cart rules.

(Res. 92-26, 10/29/1992)

PART 4

PROHIBITING ANIMALS FROM TOWNSHIP RECREATION LANDS
§401. DEFINITIONS.

The following terms used in this Part shall have the meanings set forth as follows:

ANIMALS – any nonhuman animal including, but not limited to, dogs, cats and horses.

RECREATION LANDS – the various playgrounds, playing fields, picnic facilities and open spaces owned by the Township of Hampden and open for public recreation use within the areas known as Salem Park, Creekview Recreation Area, Hampden Park-Pool Complex, Armitage Golf Course and any other Township owned public recreation areas. [Ord. 98-7]

SUPPORT ANIMALS – guide dogs required because of blindness or deafness of the user or support animals required because of the physical handicap of user.

(Ord. 91-2, 6/4/1991, §2; as amended by Ord. 98-7, 8/27/1998)
§402. ANIMALS UNLAWFUL.

Except only as provided in §403 hereinbelow, it shall be unlawful for any person to bring upon, or to permit or allow any animal to enter upon recreation lands at any time.

(Ord. 91-2, 6/4/1991, §3)
§403. EXCEPTIONS.

The provisions of this Part shall not apply to support animals when needed by blind, deaf or physically handicapped persons to accommodate their use of the recreation lands.

(Ord. 91-2, 6/4/1991, §4; as amended by Ord. 98-7, 8/27/1998)
§404. SIGNS.

Signs advising of the foregoing shall be posted at each established entrance to recreation lands.

(Ord. 91-2, 6/4/1991, §5)
§405. PENALTIES.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall be, upon conviction thereof, sentenced to pay a fine of $50 for the first offense and not less than $100 nor more than $600 for a second or subsequent plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.

(Ord. 91-2, 6/4/1991, §6; as amended by Ord. 98-7, 8/27/1998)

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