TOWN OF BOLTON
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR USE OF TOWN
PARKS AND RECREATIONAL AREAS
SECTION 1. HOURS WHEN PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS ARE OPEN
Bolton parks and recreational areas shall be open to the general public daily between the hours of 9:00 AM and sunset with the exception of Indian Notch Park, which shall be open for the above hours from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The First Selectman, or his designee, may close any park or recreation area or part thereof; or the use of any facility, when it appears that its capacity has been filled; or if for any reason, the use of same would endanger the public safety; or for the protection of the area or facility itself. The First Selectman, or his designee, may extend hours of use to permit special use of the buildings and facilities for meetings, receptions, emergencies, or for any other use the First Selectman or his designee deems suitable.
SECTION 2. INJURY TO BUILDINGS, SHRUBS, ORNAMENTAL LAWNS, WILDLIFE AND EQUIPMENT
No person shall deface, remove, destroy or otherwise injure in any manner whatsoever, any structure or appurtenance, equipment, or park property, tree, flower, shrub, fern, moss or ornamental lawn within park or recreation areas; nor shall any wildlife, bird, or nesting place me molested or disturbed.
SECTION 3. HUNTING AND CARRYING OF FIREARMS REGULATED
Hunting or carrying or discharge of dangerous weapons as defined by the Connecticut General Statutes is not permitted in town parks or recreation areas; except at such times and in such areas as are determined by the First Selectman.
SECTION 4. CAMPING REGULATED
Camping in town parks or recreation areas shall be permitted only at such times, and areas, as may be designated by the First Selectman.
SECTION 5. POLICE PERSONNEL REQUIRED
A police officer shall be present at all sponsored activities, events and occasions in town parks and recreational areas at which more than 200 spectators and/or participants are in attendance; or, when in the judgment of the First Selectman, or his designee, public safety and welfare requires the presence of one or more police officers.
SECTION 6. PETS AND RIDING ANIMALS
Pets and riding animals including, but not limited to, dogs and horses, are prohibited in buildings, in swimming areas, on beaches and in other areas so designated by signs posted by the Parks Staff. Horses and other riding animals are prohibited in picnic areas and athletic fields. Dogs and other pets are permitted in non-restricted park and recreation areas on leash only and under the control of their owner and/or keeper. Leashes shall not exceed seven (7) feet in length.
SECTION 7. COMMERCIAL USE OF TOWN LANDS REGULATED
The use of town parks or recreational areas or the use of any facility thereon for private gain or commercial purposes is prohibited; except use by concessionaires or vendors approved by the First Selectman.
SECTION 8. FIRES
The kindling of fires is restricted to fireplaces provided for that purpose.
SECTION 9. MOTOR VEHICLES (as defined in CGS Sec. 14-1(47))
It shall be unlawful to operate a motor vehicle on other than established roads and/or parking lots provided for the purpose; or at a speed in excess of ten (10) miles per hour.
SECTION 10. SWIMMING & BOATING
Swimming shall be allowed at such times and places as the First Selectman, or his designee, may designate. No watercraft shall be launched from any point within Indian Notch Park from the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day.
SECTION 11. USE OF ATHLETIC FIELDS
The use of the athletic fields shall be scheduled through the First Selectman or his designee.
SECTION 12. DISPOSAL OF REFUSE
No person shall leave or discard paper, glass, garbage or other refuse on the grounds or buildings or on the waters of town parks or recreational areas.
SECTION 13. DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Disorderly conduct, the commission of a nuisance, behavior deemed unsafe by park employees and obscene or indecent behavior are prohibited.
SECTION 14. EVICTION FOR VIOLATION
Violation of any provision of these rules and regulations is sufficient cause for ejection from the park or recreation areas.
SECTION 15. PERMITS
A permit shall be obtained from the Office of the Selectmen for the following:
A. Reservations of any area in a park or recreational area for special or private use.
B. Relief from these regulations on special occasions, upon showing of good cause.
SECTION 16. PERMIT APPLICATION PROCEDURE
No permit shall be issued until an application has been filed with the Office of the Selectmen together with the required fee and security deposit at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the proposed activity, which application shall be on a form prescribed by the Office of the Selectmen and shall state:
A. The name, address, and telephone number of the applicant.
B. Name and address of the person or organization sponsoring the activity.
C. Dates and hours the proposed activity will be conducted and the nature of such activity.
D. The park or recreation area desired.
E. An estimate of the number of persons attending and/or participating.
F. Such other information as the First Selectman, or his designee, in his discretion may require to determine whether such permit may be issued.
G. The First Selectman shall determine, in his discretion, whether the nature of the proposed activity will require the attendance of police officers for the protection and safety of the participants and the public. All such police officers deemed necessary shall be furnished by the Town at the applicants expense, the amount of which shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit.
H. The applicant and the sponsoring person or organization shall be jointly and severally liable for any damage or injury to the park or any facility therein sustained during the permitted activity.
I. The security deposit shall be returned to the applicant after the inspection of the activity area by the First Selectman, or his designee, and a finding of the activity area in good order. In the event of damage or unclean conditions the First Selectman may, in his discretion, declare a forfeit of said deposit.
J. The Board of Selectmen shall establish rental and security fees.
K. The First Selectman, or his designee, shall grant such permit if he finds that the activity will not be detrimental to the facility.
SECTION 17. AMPLIFIED MUSIC
No amplified music, whether live or recorded, is allowed at any park of recreation area. The First Selectman, or his designee, may allow exceptions to this regulation under certain circumstances.
SECTION 18. VIOLATION OF ANY DULY ADOPTED REGULATION
The violation of any duly adopted park or recreation regulation shall be deemed to be an infraction and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one-hundred ($100.00) dollars for each violation.
AN ORDINANCE CONCERNING THE VIOLATION OF ANY DULY ADOPTED PARK OR RECREATION REGULATIONS IN THE TOWN OF BOLTON
PARK OR RECREATION: Violation of Any Duly Adopted Regulations
Adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on May 15, 1979.
Published: May 19, 1979
Effective: June 4, 1979
The violation of any duly adopted park or recreation regulations shall be deemed to be an infraction and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed Twenty-five ($25) Dollars for each violation.
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN at a Regular Meeting held on JANUARY 7, 1986.
Mrs. Pierog moved to adopt two new Parks regulations as revised by Town Counsel. Mr. Preuss seconded. The new regulations are as follows:
The brining in, possession, or drinking of alcholic beverages on Town beaches is prohibited. The Board of Selectmen may, from time to time, designate other park areas in which the brining in, possession, or drinking of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited. A list of such other areas will be maintained in the Office of the Selectmen.
The use, possession, bringing in, or carrying of glass bottles, drinking glasses, or other glass containers on Town beaches is prohibited.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, prohibition of
At a regular meeting held on May 2, 1989, the prohibition of alcoholic beverages was extended to include all of Indian Notch, Herrick Park, and Freja Park - unless prior approval is received from the Board of Selectmen.
SECTION 19. PROHIBITION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
The bringing in, possession, or drinking of alcoholic beverages at any park or recreation area is prohibited. The First Selectman, or his designee, may allow exceptions to this regulation under certain circumstances providing that the applicant produces the proper insurance coverage.
SECTION 20. GLASS CONTAINERS ON TOWN BEACHES
The use, possession, bringing in, carrying of glass bottles, drinking glasses, or other glass containers on Town beaches is prohibited.