Title IV - Public Areas

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Article 1: Use Of Areas Under Control Of Park Department

Article 4: Bathing And Motorboat Usage Regulated

Article 2: Use Of Areas Under Control Of The School Department

Article 5: Feeding Of Waterfowl

Article 3: Care Of Burial Grounds And Lots

 

ARTICLE 1
USE OF AREAS UNDER CONTROL OF PARK DEPARTMENT

Section 1. Entrances and Exits

No person shall enter or leave any Park, Playground Beach or other area except at regular designated entrances or exits.

Section 2. Protection of Parks

No person shall injure, deface, dig up or displace, cut, break, remove, fill in, raise, destroy, or tamper with any road, walk, lawn or beach; or deface, defile, injure, destroy or ill use any building, bridge, structure, fence, sign, bench, seat, platform, plant, flower, bush, tree, shrub, turf, rock or other property or equipment, real or personal, belonging to the Town of Arlington under the jurisdiction of the Park Department, or have possession of any part thereof.

Section 3. Actions Prohibited

A. No person shall within any park or playground area throw any stone or missile; or have possession of or discharge any destructive weapon, firearm, fireworks, torpedo or explosive; or make a fire except by written consent of the Park Commissioners; or post, paint, affix, distribute or display any sign, notice, circular, program, placard or any other advertising device except by written consent of the Park Commissioners; or drop or place and suffer to remain any piece of paper, garbage or other refuse, except in the receptacles designated therefor, nor throw a lighted match, cigar, cigarette or other burning substance in said receptacles, or upon the ground; nor bring or cause to be brought within any area under the control of said Park Department any garbage, refuse or material for the purpose of depositing same within said receptacles; or bring or cause to be brought within any area under the control of the Park Department glass containers or any articles made of glass; or break or cause to be broken any glass containers or any articles made of glass within any area under the control of the Park Department.

B. No person shall within a park or playground area solicit the acquaintance of or annoy another person; or utter loud outcry; or solicit alms or subscriptions; or have possession of or drink any intoxicating liquor; or make a harangue; or make any undue noise or disturbance.

C. No person shall within a park or playground area have possession of or drink any intoxicating liquor.

D. No person shall within a park or playground have in their possession an opened glass beverage container.

E. No dumping of any kind shall be made within any park or playground area, except by written consent of the Park Commissioners.

Section 4. Permit Required

(ART. 30, ATM – 05/05/04)
A permit is required for all organized groups to utilize a playing field. The Parks and Recreation Department may issue such permits as it deems appropriate with reasonable regulations as it shall determine relating to utilization of property under its jurisdiction. The regulations may include without limitation consideration as to the condition of the fields as affected by inclement weather or over use.

Section 5. Hours of Operation

All areas under the care and control of the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners are considered to be opened at 5:00 A.M. and closed at 9:00 P.M., unless extended by the written consent of said Board. Anyone found on said premises between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. without permission shall be considered to be trespassers.

Section 6. Golf Prohibited

The playing of golf is strictly prohibited in or upon all areas under the care and control of the Park Department.

Section 7. Bathing Attire Required

No person unless properly clothed, shall be upon any beach, or swim, bathe or wade in any water within or adjoining any area under the care and control of the Park Department and then only at such times and in such places as the Park Commissioners may designate; nor loiter or walk upon a sidewalk or roadway or about an area, other than a bathing beach, in a bathing costume, unless wearing a closed covering; nor lower from their shoulders or remove any part of their bathing costume on any beach; nor disrobe for bathing in a public sanitary or within public view.

Section 8. Animal Control

(ART. 9, ATM – 04/28/03), (ART. 36, ATM – 5/12/10)
No person shall cause or permit any animal owned by them or in their custody or under their control, to roam or be at large, in, on or through any park or playground, except in any area designated by the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners as a "Dog Park", "Dog Run", or "Dog Exercise Area" or, except a dog when restrained by a leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length. No animals are allowed on any beach under the care and control of the Park Department. Notwithstanding the foregoing, from park opening time until 9 am, a maximum of two dogs per handler may be off-leash, under effective owner control, in all lands under control of the Parks and Recreation Commission except:

A. those lands directly contiguous to school properties;
B. within 15 feet of playground equipment;
C. by specific exclusion of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Section 9. Certain Travel Prohibited

No person shall ride or drive an animal or ride a bicycle or motorcycle, or ride or drive a motor car or other vehicle upon or over any area under the care and control of the Park Department which has been closed to travel by the placing therein or the erection thereon of a barrier, fence, light or sign indicating that such area is closed for public travel.

Section 10. Signs and Direction of Town Personnel

No person shall refuse or neglect to obey any rule, posted by sign concerning the use of any area under the care and control of the Park Department; nor shall they refuse or neglect to obey any reasonable direction of a police officer or a person in charge of such area.

Section 11. Violation and Fines

(ART. 30, ATM – 05/05/04)
Any person violating any of the foregoing, except Section 3C or Section 4 and Section 8 shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty ($20) dollars. Any person violating Section 8. for each offense, shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty ($50) dollars. Any person violating Section 3C or Section 4, for each offense, shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred ($300) dollars.

ARTICLE 2
USE OF AREAS UNDER CONTROL OF
THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

Section 1. Actions Prohibited

No person shall injure, mutilate, or destroy any property or equipment, real or personal, belonging to the Town of Arlington under the jurisdiction of the School Department.

Section 2. Parking Prohibited

No person shall park a vehicle on property under the jurisdiction of the School Department except while attending functions at or doing business in the adjoining school building; such parking shall be only at designated locations and not in conflict with faculty or school personnel parking and not in violation of Fire Department regulations governing parking adjacent to school buildings.

There shall be no overnight parking of vehicles on any School Department property except for vehicles under the direct control of the School Department, or by special permit issued by the Superintendent of Schools.

Section 3. Signs and Direction by Town Personnel

No person shall refuse or neglect to obey any rule, posted by sign, concerning the use of any area under the jurisdiction of the School Department; nor shall they refuse or neglect to obey any reasonable direction of a police officer, custodian or School Department employee during the time they are on School Department property.

Section 4. Animals Restricted

No person shall cause or permit any animal owned by them or in their custody or under their control to roam or be at large in or on any property under the care and control of the School Department, except a dog when restrained by a leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length.

Section 5. Hours of Use Restricted

No person shall remain upon school grounds, including playgrounds, during the periods when school is in session except when under the direct supervision of school personnel.

Section 6. Loitering and Other Actions Prohibited

No person or persons shall congregate in doorways or recess areas of school buildings for purposes of loitering, card playing or any other activity not specifically authorized by the School or Park Department.

Section 7. Motorcycles Prohibited

Motorcycles and motor scooters are not permitted on school property including the roadway in the rear of the Arlington Senior High School building.

Section 8. Fines and Violations

Any person violating any of the foregoing section shall, for each offense, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty ($20) dollars.

ARTICLE 3
CARE OF BURIAL GROUNDS AND LOTS

Section 1. Fees of Cemetery Commissioners

The Town will accept and forever hold in trust, money or securities which may hereafter be deposited with the Town Treasurer for the perpetual care, preservation, improvement or embellishment of any public or private burial place, or any graves therein, agreeable to the Provisions of the statutes of the Commonwealth; and will so accept for such care, preservation, improvement, or embellishment of any lot therein containing two hundred or more square feet, such sum not less than two hundred dollars ($200) as the board of cemetery commissioners may determine, and of any lot therein containing less than two hundred (200) square feet, the sum of one dollar ($1.00) for each square foot of such lot.

Section 2. Agreements with Burial Rights Holders

The Town Treasurer is authorized to enter into agreement in behalf of the Town with the holders of burial rights in any lot in the cemeteries of the Town to keep forever such lot, and the structures and grass thereon, in good and neat condition, so far as the same can be done by an expenditure not exceeding the income from any sum of money or not exceeding the income from any securities, which such holder may have deposited with the Town Treasurer for said purpose.

Section 3. Segregation of Monies

Money and securities received under the provisions of the preceding section shall not be mingled with other money or securities of the Town, but shall be kept and invested separately as a cemetery fund, and unless otherwise specifically provided for in the terms of the gift, the income only shall be used.

ARTICLE 4
BATHING AND MOTORBOAT USAGE REGULATED

Section 1. Bathing

No person shall bathe or swim in any public or exposed place in the town without wearing a proper covering for the body.

Section 2. Regulation of Motor Boats on Spy Pond

(ART. 26, ATM – 05/02/11)
The operation and use of any internal combustion engine greater than 10 horsepower in or upon the waters of Spy Pond shall be prohibited, except in cases of emergency; nor shall they create wake within 50 feet of the shore of Spy Pond Park; further, no powered recreation vehicles shall operate at speeds greater than 10 miles per hour, except in cases of emergency. Said By-Law shall become effective June 1, 1976. Each violation shall make a person liable to a penalty of not more than $50.00.

ARTICLE 5
FEEDING OF WATERFOWL

(ART. 13, ATM - 04/24/00)

Section 1. Preamble:

Non-migratory wild geese have grown into a large population within the Town of Arlington. They have soiled town parks, playfields, ponds and reservoirs with droppings, making some areas therein unsuitable for public use.

Feeding has contributed to the increasing size of the goose population and to litter in parks and other public areas. This practice may contribute to the problem of rats in these same public areas. One step in reducing these problems is to stop feeding these wild birds.

Section 2. No Unauthorized Feeding of Waterfowl

No person shall distribute any food to any waterfowl or scatter any foodstuffs upon or around any reservoir, public park, and recreation area or in any public place within the Town of Arlington. The distribution of food authorized by the Town for feeding of wild or domestic animals shall be exempt from this regulation.

Section 3. Fines for Violations

Any person who violates this provision shall be subject to a fine of $25 for the first violation, $50 for the second and third violations and $100 for each subsequent violation.