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Monday, October 14, 2019

S. Whitehall amends parks and rec ordinance

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners approved an ordinance at their June 19 meeting to provide simplified rules for township parks and recreation areas, and for special events.

Director of Operations Randy Cope said the measure, which clarifies regulations, was “a long time coming.”

The ordinance will be easier for the public to understand and for staff to enforce, Cope explained.

According to the rules, all parks and recreation areas are open dawn to dusk everyday, with an exception for fishermen who are allowed to fish 24 hours per day.

Digging for bait is not permitted.

Prohibited activities include camping, hunting, hitting golf balls, fireworks, trapping, ice skating, the use of firearms, and bows and arrows.

Township sanctioned programs are exempt from this rule.

No animals are allowed to run loose in parks but must be on a leash at all times.

Fires are permitted only in Covered Bridge Park and Fernwood Park and must be contained in fireplaces or grills brought in by users.

Defacing or damaging park property, trees, shrubs and flowers is not allowed.

Drinking and possession of alcoholic beverages, indecent language and disorderly conduct are prohibited.

Repairing, washing or painting motorized vehicles are not allowed in any township park.

Permits are required for reserving pavilions and playing fields, courts and trails for organized sports including practices, games, tournaments and clinics.

Special events other than regularly conducted church, school and organized sports require permits.

These activities may include social gatherings, fundraising, foot races, concerts or parades.

Requests for exemptions to the rules must be submitted in writing to the township manager.

Violators of the regulations will be sentenced to a fine up to $1,000 plus costs. If payment is not made, the individual could be imprisoned up to 30 days.