TOWN OF RIVERHEAD
NOTICE OF ADOPTION
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Riverhead adopted a local law amending Chapter 48 entitled “Beaches and Recreation Centers”, of the Riverhead Town Code at its meeting held on June 5, 2012. Be it enacted by the Town Board of the Town of Riverhead as follows:
BEACHES AND RECREATION CENTERS
Article I. Use of Designated Beach
§ 48-1. Definitions.
In this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, tThe following words and phrases, when used in this Article shall have the meanings indicated below: respectively ascribed to them in this section.
BATHING BEACH or PUBLIC BATHING BEACH: a public beach regularly used for bathing or swimming.
DOG PARK: A park, or area within a park designated for use of owners or custodians of dogs where dog owners may be permitted to allow their dog(s) access to such park area without being kept on a leash.
PARK: A use of land owned, maintained, leased or managed by the Town of Riverhead, for open space, passive or active recreation, including but not limited to, park preserves, memorial sites, walking trails, boardwalks.
PLAYGROUND: A park designated for recreational or athletic use by the Town of Riverhead, County of Suffolk, State of New York or other governmental subdivision and located within the Town of Riverhead.
RECREATION CENTER OR FACILITY:
§ 48-3. Operation of motor vehicles restricted
D. No motor vehicle may be operated upon the beach by any person unless the motor vehicle is insured under a valid automobile liability insurance policy carrying the limits of at least $10,000/$20,000 $25,000/$50,000.
Article II. Use of Public Bathing Beaches, Recreation Centers and Facilities, and Parks, Playgrounds and Dog Parks (§ 48-12 – §48-22 48-24)
§ 48-12. Licensing of vehicles required.
No vehicle shall be allowed to enter upon or park at any public bathing beach, or recreation center, park or playground owned, leased ,operated or maintained by the Town of Riverhead unless it is licensed as herein provided a permit, to the extent required pursuant to § 48-13, has been issued by the Recreation Department.
§ 48-13. Parking and parking permits related to use of recreation centers and facilities, parks, playgrounds, public bathing beaches, and dog parks.
B. Permits. The Recreation Department is hereby authorized to issue a seasonal parking permit for use at any public bathing beach, or recreation center., park or playground. Seasonal parking permits for parking vehicles in the designated parking areas shall be issued as follows:
D. Dog park permits.
Permits for the Dog Park shall be issued by the Office of the Town Clerk upon proof of a current dog license, Rabies Vaccine Certificate and Health Certificate. Fees for the year round Dog Park Permit are as follows: Resident $15, Non-Resident $30, Replacement of Lost/Damaged Permit $10, Amended Dog Owner Permit for each additional dog $5. Note, as set forth in §58-2 (B)(2) all “service dogs”, “therapy dogs” “working dogs” or “detention dogs” upon proof filed with the Town Clerk shall be issued an exemption from licensing fee and permit requirements of this Chapter.
§ 48-15. Littering.
No person shall throw, break, cast, lay or deposit bottles, crockery, papers, wrappers, garbage or refuse of any kind or nature on the any beach, public bathing beach, recreation center, park, playground or dog park or in or upon any parking area, roadway or footpath but shall place the same in the containers provided therefor.
§ 48-18. Dogs and other animals; destruction of property.
A. No dogs or domestic animals shall be allowed on any public bathing beach or recreation center except guide dogs“service dogs”, “therapy dogs” “working dogs” or “detention dogs” as set forth in §58-2 (B)(2) or by permit of the Town Clerk as set forth in §48-23 or designated dog park as set forth in §48-24 .
B. No person shall in any manner damage, deface, injure or destroy any structure, planting, roadway, embankment, building or equipment located on the grounds of any beach, bathing beach or , recreation center, park, playground or dog park or recreation center.
C. No person shall be allowed to bring any type of disposable glass container on any public bathing beach, public bathing beach or , recreation center, park, playground or dog park or recreational facility.
§ 48-19. Selling and vending.
The selling, vending or offering for sale of any wares, foodstuffs or merchandise upon the grounds or in and about the facilities of any public bathing beach or , recreation center, park, playground or dog park is strictly prohibited, except in such case and instance where the Town Board of the Town of Riverhead has issued a permit therefor.
§ 48-21. Nonliability of Town.
Any person using a beach, public bathing beach or , recreation center or , park, playground or dog park or any of its facilities shall do so with the understanding that the Town of Riverhead assumes no responsibility for any injury or damage which such person may sustain while so using said facilities or while occupying said beach or , recreation center, park, playground or dog park, and that the Town of Riverhead will not be responsible for any article that may be stolen from the premises or any building, structure or vehicle occupying or so using the facilities of said beach or , recreation center, park, playground or dog park.
§ 48-23. Animals.
No person owning or being custodian of any animal shall cause or permit such animal to enter any area designated as public bathing beach, recreation center or facility, park, or playground unless authorized by permit issued by the Town Clerk. Except as set forth in § 48-24, an owner or custodian of any animal who is issued a permit by the Town Clerk granting permission to enter the public bathing beach, recreation center, park or playground with an animal, shall be required to keep the animal on a leash not more than six feet in length at all times and shall not permit the animal to defecate or urinate in the vicinity of other persons. If an animal defecates in any public bathing beach, recreation center or facility, park, or playground, the owner shall immediately collect the feces and remove it from the public bathing beach, recreation center or facility, park, or playground.
§ 48-24. Dog park.
A. A designated park area where dog owners may be permitted to allow their dog access to such park areas without being kept on a leash.
B. The Town of Riverhead Recreation Department is authorized to promulgate written rules and regulations, subject to Town Board approval, for the use of a Town-designated dog park; such rules and regulations shall be posted at the dog park entrance. The failure to comply with such rules and regulations shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.
C. No dog shall be permitted to enter a Town-designated dog park without the owner obtaining the required permit from the Town Clerk’s Office.
Dated: Riverhead, New York
June 5, 2012
BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD
OF THE TOWN OF RIVERHEAD
DIANE M. WILHELM, TOWN CLERK