rules and regulations are clearly posted at each park or may be obtained
at the Parks Administration Offices. They have been adopted by the Board
of Chosen Freeholders for the safety of all park visitors, the orderly
operation of the parks and to protect parkland and facilities. All park
facilities are ADA accessible.
Authorized Emergency Vehicles- means vehicles of the fire department,
police vehicles and such; ambulances and other vehicles approved by
the Chairman when operated in response to an emergency.
ANIMALS - includes cats, dogs, horses, any fowl or birds - any living
creatures within jurisdiction of the park.
BICYCLE PATH - any path maintained for self-propelled vehicles; no motorized
BRIDLEPATH - any path maintained for equestrians; no motorized vehicles.
CHAIRMAN - means the Chairman of Middlesex County Department of Parks
COMMERCIAL VEHICLES - includes every type of motordriven vehicles used
for commercial purposes on the highways; or any omnibus or vehicle adapted
for more than 9 passengers, or engaged in the carrying of any merchandise,
or upon which is displayed for advertising purpose any writing, symbol,
flag, banner, target, sign, placard, etc.
COOKING APPARATUS - refers to any fixed or portable grill, barbeque
pit, hibachi, stove or similar cooking device, whether privately owned
or a fixture in a county park.
CROSSING - any crossing, whether marked by a pavement or otherwise;
the extension of any sidewalk space across any intersecting drive, street,
highway or bridle path.
CURB - any boundary of any street, road, avenue, boulevard, drive or
bridle path, whether or not marked by a curbstone.
DRIVE - shall mean any road, avenue, drive or boulevard maintained by
the department of public parks for vehicular use, including the parts
thereof under or over any bridge.
DRIVER-OPERATOR - any person, who propels, operates or is in charge
of a vehicle.
GRILL READY - refers to meat, fish, or poultry that is either prepackaged
or prepared prior to being brought to any county park that is in sizes
or portions suitable for placing directly on a cooking apparatus without
the necessity for any further trimming, shaping, cutting, washing or
GROUP - a number of individuals considered together for the purpose
of an activity within a County Park.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY PARK OR PARKS SYSTEM, RECREATION AREAS, OR OPEN SPACE
RESERVATIONS - shall mean all the real property situated in Middlesex
County or adjacent counties acquired by or under the jurisdiction and
care of the Middlesex County Parks Department, or which may be hereafter
acquired by it or come under its jurisdiction.
MOTOR VEHICLE - shall mean and include all vehicles propelled other
than by muscular power, and shall also include all motor operated vehicles
of the bicycle or tricycle type.
OFF ROAD VEHICLES - any powered vehicles designed for or capable of
cross country travel on or immediately over land, water, sand, snow,
ice, marsh, swampland, or other terrain which would include, but not
be limited to, such vehicles as four wheel drive, motorcycle, snowmobile,
amphibious or air cushion vehicles; except those vehicles utilized for
fire, emergency or law enforcement purposes and any vehicle whose use
is expressly authorized by the Parks Department.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES - shall mean all signs, signal marking
and devices placed or erected by authority of the chairman or other
official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning,
or guiding traffic.
PARK RANGERS OR OFFICERS - any person employed by the Middlesex County
Parks Department as a Park Ranger or Special Officer or any municipal
or State Police Officer.
PARKING PLACE - any part of any drive or space designated as a place
for the standing of vehicles.
PATH - shall mean any footpath, walk or any path maintained for pedestrians.
PERMIT - any written license issued by or under the authority of the
Parks Department, permitting the performance of a specified act or acts.
PERSON - any person, corporation, company, association, joint stock
association, firm or co-partnership.
PRIVATE/SERVICE ROAD OR DRIVE - shall mean every road, lane or driveway
not open to use of the public in general.
RIGHT OF WAY - means the privilege of the immediate use of the roadway,
RUBBISH - any refuse matter that includes ashes, dross, cinders, shell,
paper, dirt, sand, oil, grease, clay, loam, stone or building materials,
brush, stumps, hay, straw, oats, sawdust, shavings, or manufacturing,
trade or household waste, old iron or other metals or objects made therefrom,
or sick, diseased, or dead animals, organic refuse or any other offensive
matter, including swill, brine, offal, fecal matter, or garbage.
SAFETY ZONE - shall mean any space (within a drive) established for
STOPPING OR STANDING - when prohibited means any cessation of movement
of a vehicle occupied, except when necessary to avoid conflict with
other traffic - including horses.
TRAFFIC - means pedestrians, ridden or herded animals; vehicles, either
singly or together, while in the confines of the Parks jurisdiction.
VEHICLE - any conveyance (except by baby carriage) including motor vehicles,
bicycles, tricycles, sleds, sleighs, pushcarts or vehicles propelled
by other than muscular power - also any horse (trailers).
II. TERRITORIAL SCOPE
All Middlesex County Parks Department Resolutions shall be effective
within all the Parks, Recreation Areas and Open Space Reservations of
the Middlesex County Park System and regulate the use thereof by all
1. No person shall be permitted within a County Park or Recreation Area
under the influence of intoxicating beverages, drugs or narcotics. All
alcoholic beverages other than wine and beer are prohibited in any County
Park or Recreation Area, and the consumption of wine and beer requires
a permit issued by the Parks Department and is only to be used in a
designated picnic area where food is consumed.
IV. GROUP USE/MEETINGS/EXHIBITIONS
1. No group shall use a County Park or Recreation Area without first
obtaining a group use permit. Group use shall be limited to designated
areas. Adult supervision of children's groups is required at all times.
2. Open grove areas are for small family picnics and do not require
a permit. Groups that wish to picnic in a reservable area will be required
to obtain a permit. There will be no alcohol permits issued for picnics
using the open grove areas.
3. No persons shall call or hold any meetings or give any concert or
public entertainment of any kind within a County Park or Recreation
Area without first having obtained written permission in advance from
The Director of County Parks and Recreation no later than one (1) month
before the proposed date of use.
4. No person shall use loudspeakers, public address systems or amplifiers
within a County Park or Recreation Area without first having obtained
written permission in advance from The Director of County Parks and
Recreation. Nor shall any portable radio, tape player, compact disc
player or musical instrument be played in such a manner as to create
5. Public assemblies, meetings, demonstrations, religious activities,
the sale and distribution of printed matter, and other public expressions
of views conducted under the First Amendment of the Constitution of
the United States and the State of New Jersey upon the lands of the
Middlesex County Park System are permitted provided that a permit has
been issued by The Director of Parks and Recreation or his duly designated
To ensure public safety and the protection of park resources and values
and to avoid assigning the same location and time to two or more activities,
the Park System may manage these activities by regulating the time,
location, number of participants, use of facilities, and number and
types of equipment to be used, but not the content or message.
1. Dogs and cats must be kept on a leash not exceeding six feet in length.
No domestic animal shall be permitted to run at large within any County
Park or Recreation Area, either with or without a keeper, except in
those areas designated for that purpose by The Director of County Parks
and Recreation. Pet owners shall be responsible for removing and properly
disposing of fecal matter from Park property.
2. No person shall ride, drive, lead or keep a saddle horse or other
animal within a County Park or Recreation Area, except on such roads,
trails or areas, and subject to such regulations as The Director of
County Parks and Recreation may especially designate. In such an occasion,
no horse shall be unbridled or left unattended in any unenclosed area,
and should not be hitched to any tree or shrub in a manner that may
1. No person shall leave bottles, broken glass, ashes, waste paper or
other rubbish, as defined in Section I, within a County Park or Recreation
Area, except in a properly provided receptacle designated for that purpose.
2. No person shall throw or place any dirt, stone, rock debris, foreign
substance or rubbish into or upon a County Park or Recreation Area or
in any lake, river or lagoon within or bordering upon land of a County
Park or Recreation Area.
3. No person shall throw, cast, lay, drop or discharge into or allow
to remain in the water of a County Park or Recreation Area or any tributary,
brook, stream, storm sewer or drain flowing into said waters any substance,
matter or thing, which may or shall result in the pollution of said
1. No person shall pick flowers, foliage, berries or fruit or cut, break,
dig up or in any way mutilate or injure any tree, shrub, plant, fern,
grass, turf, railing, seat, picnic bench, fence, structure or any other
object within a County Park or Recreation Area.
2. No person shall bring into or upon a County Park or Recreation Area
any tree, shrub or plant or any newly plucked branch or portion of a
tree shrub or plant.
3. No person shall dig up or remove any dirt, stone, rock or other substance
whatever, make any excavation, quarry sand or stone or lay or set off
any blast, or cause or assist in doing any of these things within a
County Park or Recreation Area.
4. No person shall remove or cut firewood, regardless of whether the
tree or wood is dead, fallen, diseased or otherwise from any County
Park or Recreation Area.
5. No person shall feed any animal, or fish any food or other substance
excepting such food or substance expressly permitted by the Parks Department.
6. No person shall feed any waterfowl any food or any substance at any
time in a County Park or Recreation Area.
1. No person shall build, light or maintain a fire within a County Park
or Recreation Area, except in picnic area grills, established campsites
or a fireplace provided, maintained or designated for such purpose by
The Director of County Parks and Recreation. Picnic grills shall only
contain charcoal fires.
2. In cases where permits are issued for a group or family picnic and
said group chooses to use a caterer, the use of gas fire will be permitted
within the confines of the caterer's portable facility.
3. No person shall discard any cigar, cigarette, or lighted match carelessly
or in a manner that may start a fire.
4. No person shall possess, discharge or set off within a County Park
or Recreation Area any firecrackers, torpedoes, rockets or other fireworks.
1. No person shall discharge any weapon or firearms within or into a
County Park or Recreation Area. No person shall bring or be in possession
of any pistol or revolver or objects upon which can be loaded or blank
cartridges may be used. Nor shall any person be in possession of any
rifle, shotgun, fowling piece, air gun, spring gun, slingshot, bow or
any other instrument weapon in which the propelling force is a spring
or air, excepting the lawful uses of such weapons at places and times
prescribed by the Department of Parks.
2. No person shall hunt, molest, take chase, trap, capture, hold, remove,
injure or kill any animal, reptile or bird or disturb its habitat within
a County Park or Recreation Area except in portions of a County Park
or Recreation Area, which may be open to hunting and/or fishing. The
use of portions of a County Park or Recreation Area open to hunting
and/or fishing is subject to N.J. State Fish and Game Laws.
USES AND AREAS
1. No person shall enter upon any portion of a County Park or Recreation
Area where persons are prohibited from going by direction of The Director
of County Parks and Recreation as indicated by sign or notice. Nor shall
any person participate in an activity that is prohibited as indicated
by sign or notice.
2. No person shall coast with hand sleds, bobs, carts, skateboards or
other vehicles or wheels or runners or use radio-controlled devices
such as, but not limited to, boats, airplanes, and cars except in areas
and during times designated and posted for this purpose by The Director
of County Parks and Recreation.
3. No person shall bring into any Park or Recreation Area, use or operate
any rides such as motorized or mechanical carnival rides. The use of
certain forced air rides for group use requires written permission by
The Director of County Parks and Recreation.
4. No person shall throw, cast, catch, kick or strike any baseball,
golf ball, football or basketball or any object within a County Park
or Recreation Area except in areas designated and posted for this purpose
by The Director of County Parks and Recreation.
5. The Board of Chosen Freeholders adopts a resolution each year setting
forth required fees for specific facilities and park areas. Individuals
or groups using such facilities or areas must be in possession of the
appropriate permit or pass issued by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
A permit to do any act shall authorize the holder to do so only in strict
accordance to the terms and conditions stated. Any violation by the
holder or his agents or employees of the terms and conditions shall
constitute grounds for revocation of the permit by the Director of Parks
and Recreation, whose action is deemed final. In a case where a permit
is revoked, all monies paid for or on account for the permit shall,
in the option of The Director of Parks and Recreation, be forfeited
and retained. The holder of a permit, including his agents or employees,
who violates the terms and conditions shall be jointly and severally
liable to the Department of Parks and Recreation for all the damages
or loss suffered by it in excess of the money so forfeited and retained;
but neither such forfeiture and retention by the Department of Parks
and Recreation of the whole or any part of monies nor the recovery or
collection for such damages or both shall in any manner relieve the
holder or his agents or employees from liability to punishment for any
violation of any provision of any Middlesex County Rules and Regulations.
6. No person shall bathe in any pond, stream, river or other body of
water within or bordering a County Park or Recreation Area unless it
has been designated and posted for this purpose by The Director of County
Parks and Recreation.
7. No person shall use private boats or canoes on any streams, lakes,
ocean, or body of water within or bordering a County Park or Recreation
Area unless it has been designated for such use and posted for launching
private boats and canoes by the Parks Department. When the use of private
boats or canoes is permitted, one shall first obtain a permit issued
by The Director of County Parks and Recreation.
8. No person shall ice skate in any County park lake or other water
body except in areas and times specified by the Department of Parks
and Recreation and under the monitoring of Parks Department personnel.
9. The use of manned powerless flying objects or devices, either for
landing or taking off, shall not be permitted in any County Park or
Recreation Area unless it has been specifically designated and posted
for this purpose or special permission has been granted by The Director
of County Parks and Recreation.
10. No person shall solicit alms or contributions for any purpose
11. No raw meat, fish or poultry shall be brought to any county park
and cooked on any cooking apparatus unless such meat, fish or poultry
is grill ready.
1. No person shall engage in any commercial enterprise including but
not limited to the offering of services, soliciting, selling or peddling
any liquids or edibles for human consumption or distribute circulars
or hawk, peddle or vend any goods, ware or merchandise within a County
Park or Recreation Area, except as provided by action of The Director
of County Parks and Recreation.
2. No person shall cut, carve, paint, mark, paste or fasten on any tree,
fence, wall, building, monument or other object within a County Park
or Recreation Area any bill, advertisement or inscription. Nor shall
any person distribute, cast, throw or place any handbill, pamphlet,
circular, advertisement or notice of any kind within a County Park or
3. No person shall tell fortunes, play at games of chance or use any
gambling device within a County Park or Recreation Area except as provided
by special permission of The Director of County Parks and Recreation.
1. All provisions of the New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Act with regard
to equipment, lights, licensees, brakes, operation, etc., will apply
in the parks and will be strictly enforced, with also such further restrictions
as may be herein stated.
2. No person shall use any portion of a County Park or Recreation Area
for purpose of way except drives, parking areas, roadways, paths, walks
and trails established for such purpose by The Director of County Parks
and Recreation; and footpaths or walks established for pedestrian travel
shall not be used for vehicular travel. The use of mopeds or motorized
bikes will be limited to roadways, drives and parking areas as established
and opened to all other vehicular traffic.
3. No person shall drive or propel, or cause to be driven or propelled,
along or over any road within a County Park or Recreation Area any vehicle
at a rate of speed greater than twenty-five (25) miles per hour or the
speed limits as established by The Director of County Parks and Recreation,
and indicated by speed limit signs erected along the right-of-way.
4. Whenever any Park Ranger or other park representative shall indicate
or direct by gesture or otherwise, that the speed of a vehicle shall
be checked or stopped, or its course altered, the driver thereof shall
immediately obey such directions.
5. No person shall drive or propel, or cause to be driven or propelled,
along or over any road, parkway, drive or parking area within a County
Park or Recreation Area any motor vehicle in a careless manner or in
a manner to endanger the life, limb or property of pedestrians or the
drivers or occupants of other vehicles or any other person within a
County Park or Recreation Area. The motor vehicle operator and the motor
vehicle operated within a County Park or Recreation Area shall be in
compliance with New Jersey State Motor Vehicle License and Safety Laws.
6. No person shall park or store any motorcar, motorcycle, bicycle,
wagon or other vehicle within a County Park or Recreation Area except
in areas designated and posted for such purposes. Parking areas and
thoroughfares are limited to use by park patrons only and for the purpose
of driving to park a vehicle.
7. No person shall set or place or cause to be set or placed, any goods,
wares or merchandise or property of any kind as to obstruct travel within
a County Park or Recreation Area.
8. No person shall enter any part of a County Park or Recreation Area
or park roads with a commercial vehicle or a vehicle with a gross weight
in excess of 5 tons except in the service of or by permission of The
Director of County Parks and Recreation.
9. No person shall use park drives or parkways within a County Park
or Recreation Area for the purpose of demonstrating any vehicle or for
the purpose of instructing another to drive or operate any vehicle or
for learning to drive or operate any vehicle.
10. No person shall attempt to stop, or signal any vehicle for the purpose
of soliciting a ride from the driver of such vehicle.
11. The cleaning, waxing or repairing of vehicles is not permitted within
a County Park or Recreation Area, except in the cases of absolute emergency.
12. No person shall cause or permit a vehicle in tow to enter a County
Park or Recreation Area or proceed therein, except in the case of a
breakdown or disabled vehicle, vehicle may be towed to the nearest exit.
Nor shall any person operate or drive a vehicle containing any person
or object projecting or hanging outside of or beyond the side or rear
of said vehicle.
13. Nothing contained in this Vehicle/Parking Rule and Regulation shall
apply to the vehicles, trucks and apparatus of a fire department, police
department or ambulance, or to emergency vehicles of the Parks Department
when responding for emergency work in case of fire, accident, public
disaster, impending danger or emergency.
1. No person or group of persons shall engage in such loitering conduct
as will clearly cause an immediate, actual physical violent reaction
from any person or persons, which violent action will cause a threat
to the peace and order of the public.
A. Nor shall any person or group of persons engage in such loitering
conduct which shall disturb a person of ordinary sensibilities as to
cause such person to react immediately in such a way as to threaten
by physical violence the peace and order of the public.
B. Nor shall any person or group of persons engage in such loitering
conduct which obstructs free passage of pedestrians at, in or near any
building, parking lot or vehicle or the free passage of vehicles at,
in or near any building, parking lot or vehicles.
C. Nor shall any person or group of persons engage in such loitering
conduct which obstructs the free passage of persons at or near any walkway
D. Nor shall any person or group of persons engage in such loitering
conduct, which will obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully
in or enjoying the park.
2. Where there is conduct violative of section XIII (1) or any part
thereof, there must, in addition, be a refusal by the persons engaged
in such conduct to obey an order by any agents or officers of the Department
of Parks or Municipality to move on before a charge under these regulations
may be prosecuted.
3. No person shall resist any agent or officer of the Department of
Parks or Municipality in the discharge of his/her duty, or fail or refuse
to obey any lawful command of any such agent or officer, or in any way
interfere with or hinder or prevent any such agent or officer from discharging
his duty, or in any manner assist or give aid to any person in custody
to escape or attempt to escape from custody, or rescue or attempt to
rescue any person when in such custody.
4. No person shall falsely represent or impersonate any agent or officer
or pretend to be an agent or officer of the Department of Parks and
5. No person shall interfere with or in any manner hinder any agent
or officer of the Department of Parks and Recreation or Municipality
while engaged in constructing, repairing or caring for any park property
or interfere with any improvements being made within or about a County
Park or Recreation Area.
6. No person shall remain within a County Park or Recreation Area who
does not abide by conditions adopted and posted by the Department of
Parks and Recreation for the preservation of good order and the protection
of property within a County Park or Recreation Area; and no person shall
remain within a County Park or Recreation Area who does not abide by
the instructions and directions of duly authorized officers or agents
of the Municipality or Department of Parks and Recreation in the lawful
performance of their duties. Any person directed by an agent or officer
of the Department of Parks and Recreation or Municipality to leave a
County Park or Recreation Area shall do so promptly and peaceably.
7. No person shall harass, obstruct, molest, assault or interfere with
any person lawfully within a County Park or Recreation Area or resist,
obstruct, molest, assault or interfere with any agent or officer of
the Department of Parks and Recreation.
8. No person shall use threatening, abusive, boisterous, insulting or
indecent language or gesture within a County Park or Recreation Area,
nor shall any oration, harangue, public demonstration or any nuisance
9. No person shall possess any weapon capable of lethal use or of inflicting
serious bodily injury within a County Park or Recreation Area.
10. No person shall appear in the park in a state of nudity or commit,
perform or engage in lewd, lascivious, obscene, illicit, carnal or indecent
act or behavior, and no person shall make any indecent exposure of his
or her person.
11. No person shall cut, carve, paint, mark, paste or fasten any inscription
or depiction on, or damage by any means, any tree, fence, wall, building,
monument or other object within a County Park or Recreational Area.
XIV. HOURS OF OPERATION
1. OPENING HOURS: All parks will open at sunrise as defined by the U.S.
Weather Bureau for the New Brunswick area, unless otherwise specified
or designated by signs.
2. CLOSING HOURS: All parks will close at sunset, except where specific
closing hours are designated; U.S. Weather Bureau for the New Brunswick
area to define sunset
3. No person shall, without permission from a park ranger, enter into,
remain or allow their vehicle to remain within a County Park or Recreation
Area except during the hours the Park or Recreation Area is open to
the general public.
Any person found guilty by a Municipal Court Judge of violating any
of the provisions of these Rules and Regulations shall be subject to
a fine, as set forth on the attached Schedule, imprisonment for a period
not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both, as shall be determined by said
Municipal Court Judge, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:24-3