Tammy L. Rogalski

Council Members:
Nicholas H. Cost, Council President
Bernard Scalzo, Vice President
Chris DeGonzague, President Pro Tem
Joann M. Matarese
Robert L. Lesjack

Tracy A. Lazier

Amy T. Bean


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Sharon Vannan, RTK Officer
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535 Main Street, Forest City, Pa 18421

Susquehanna County


An ordinance providing for rules of the use and occupancy of Kennedy Park; establishing a Park Board; Prohibiting certain activities and conduct at Kennedy Park; establishing a procedure for obtaining permits; establishing closing and opening hours at Kennedy Park authorizing Enforcement of The ordinance; and providing for Civil and Criminal penalties for violations of the Ordinance.
The purpose of this ordinance is to provide rules and regulations of the use of and conduct in the park.
Animals—include cats, dogs, horses, any fowl or birds and any living creatures within the jurisdiction of the park.
Approving governing agency—means the Borough Council or the Park Board
Director—Hired by the Borough Council and is the Chief Executive officer of Kennedy Park.
Park Attendant—any person employed by the Borough Council or the Park Board to perform duties within the park.
Path—any footpath, walk, or path maintained for pedestrians or bicycles.
Permit—any written license issued under the authority of the Borough Council or the Park Board permitting a special event or activity in Kennedy Park.
Soliciting—any person selling goods or services.
Vehicle—any conveyance propelled by an engine.
Vending—selling or trading any item or service.

Rules of Conduct - It shall be unlawful for any person in the park to:
1. Mark, deface, disfigure, injure, tamper with or remove any tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, paving or paving materials, water lines or other public utilities or parts of signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts, or other boundary markers, or other structures or equipment, facilities of park property either real or personal.
2. Fail to cooperate in maintaining restrooms in a neat and sanitary condition.
3. Dig or remove any soil, rock, sand, stone tree, shrub, blossom, plant or other wood material.
4. Damage, cut, carve, mark, transplant or remove any plant.
5. Stand or sit on any monuments, planters, railings, fences or upon any other property not designated or customarily used for such purpose.
6. Throw, discharge, or otherwise place in the waters of the creek, any substance matter or thing that may result in the pollution of said body of water.
7. Take into, carry through, or put into the park, any rubbish, refuse, garbage or other material. Such refuse and rubbish shall be deposited in receptacles so provided.
8. Bring any glass container into the park.
9. Hunt, molest, harm, frighten, kill trap, pursue, chase, tease, shoot or throw missiles of any kind at any animal, wildlife, reptile, or bird; nor shall he/she remove or have in their possession the young of any wild animal, or the eggs or nest of any reptile or bird.
10. Domestic pets must be on a leash and under control of their owner or person responsible. Said owner or person responsible must remove solid waste from areas where people walk or play. Domestic animals include dogs, cats, horses (if horses are part of an organized event), ferrets, and domesticated birds.

Vehicles - It shall be unlawful for any person in the park to:
1. Drive any vehicle, including ATV’s on any area except the paved park roads, trails or parking areas.
2. Leave a vehicle standing or parked for more than 48 hours in established parking areas or elsewhere in the park during hours when the park is closed.
3. Ride a bicycle without reasonable regard to the safety of others.
4. Exceed the speed limit in the park, which will be ten (10) miles per hour or less.
Firearms, Weapons, tools - It shall be unlawful or any person to bring into or have in his possession within the confines of Kennedy Park:
1. Any pistol or revolver, unless permitted.
2. Any rifle, shotgun, BB gun, air gun, spring gun, slingshot, bow or any other weapon.
Explosives and Fireworks - It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession or set off any fireworks unless by permit and Borough approval.
Advertising, Assemblages, Entertainment - No person shall post, paint affix, distribute, deliver, place cast or leave about, any bill, billboard, placard, ticket, handbill, circular, or advertisement without a written permit.
Merchandise, Sale prohibited - No person shall solicit, expose, or offer for sale any article or service in the park without a permit as a concessionaire.
Ignitable and Combustible Materials - No person shall kindle, build, maintain or use a fire, except in the grills provided by the Borough for cooking food. No person shall throw away or discard any lighted match, tobacco products, paper or other material against any vehicle or structure or under any tree or shrub.
Section 1

Miscellaneous Conduct - It shall be unlawful for any person in the park to:
1. Camp or stay overnight without a written permit.
2. Take part in the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects except in those areas designated.
3. Enter any area designated as “closed to the public”.
4. Engage in threatening, abusive, insulting, or indecent language.
5. Fail to produce and exhibit any permit upon request.
6. Disturb or interfere unreasonably with any person or party occupying an area or participating in any activity under the authority of a permit.
7. Erect or occupy any tent, stand, or other structure in the park, or sell or give away from any such tent, stand or other structure any food, drink, or other thing without a permit.
8. For any person under the age of ten years old to be in the park, at any time, without supervision.
9. Deny or prevent use of non-roped off areas of the park to any non-participating citizen or member of the public.

Closing Hours - No person shall be in the park during the hours the park is closed without a written permit. The park will be closed from 10PM to DAWN from May 1 to October 31 and DUSK to DAWN from November 1 to April 30.
A. Permits for special events and activities in the park shall be obtained by application to the Borough Office in accordance with the following procedure:
1. A person seeking issuance of a permit shall complete an application stating:
a. The name and address of the applicant.
b. The name and address of the person, persons, corporation, or association sponsoring the activity, if any.
c. The day and hours for which the permit is desired
d. The portion of the park thereof for which the permit is desired
e. Any information concerning the usage
2. Standards for issuance of a use permit shall include the following findings:
a. That the proposed activity or use of the park will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the public’s enjoyment of the park.
b. That proposed and use will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
c. That the proposed activity or uses that reasonably anticipated will not include violence, crime, or disorderly conduct.
d. The proposed will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Borough.
e. That the facilities desired have not been reserved for other use on the date and hour requested in the application.
B. A permittee shall be bound by all park rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the same were inserted in said permits.
C. An applicant for a permit may be required to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to the public and damage to the park arising out of such activities.
D. Revocation. The Borough Council or the Forest City Police shall have the authority to revoke a permit upon finding of violation of any rule or ordinance or upon good cause shown.
A. The Borough police department, Borough Council, and the park board, in connection with their duties imposed by law, shall diligently enforce the provisions of the ordinance.
B. The borough police department, Borough Council, and the park board shall have the authority to order any person or persons acting in violation of the ordinance to cease such activity or leave the park. Forest City Police Department is to be contacted if necessary.

Penalty: Any person, firm, organized group, or corporation violating any provision of this ordinance shall be fined not less that two hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each offense, and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. This Section shall not limit any other remedies and criminal sanctions provided in law and equity.

Rental: Kitchen area will be available for rent by permit only, at the current rates.

Organizations/commercial groups


ORDINANCE #504_2016


(Click link above)

Private events/parties

Application form to reserve pavilion or kitchen area

Application  (click here)


This year's fund drive will be focusing on recapturing the use of the Babe Ruth Park located on the East side of the Borough on Railroad Street.  The goal of the Parks Committee will be to start the project with a gated dog park, adding a picnic area, with tables and benches, and finally making an area dedicated to games and small playground equipment.  Please watch for our mailers that will provide you with more information as our project moves forward.

Please contact us if you would like to offer suggestions or volunteer your time toward these efforts.

Forest City Borough Parks and Recreation tobacco-free policy is designed to protect the health, welfare and safety of our park patrons;
Forest City Borough is committed to providing a high quality of living for all residence, therefore, we believe that;
a. tobacco products (defined below) used in proximity of children, youth and adults engaging in or watching recreational activities are unhealthy and detrimental to the health of others,
b. tobacco products consumed in public spaces are often discarded on the ground, thus posing a risk of ingestion to toddlers and causing a litter and maintenance problem.
c. as parents, teachers, coaches and officials we are thought of as role models, and the use of tobacco products around youth has a negative effect on their lifestyle choices.
Forest City Borough will not allow the use of tobacco products including electronic cigarettes on Borough owned park land, park facilities, athletic fields and/or open spaces. A specific list of said facilities is attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and will be updated on a yearly basis,
The emphasis on enforcing the Tobacco Free Park Policy is through voluntary compliance;
a. Borough owned park land, park facilities and athletic fields will post “Young Lungs at Play” signage.
b. Forest City Borough staff, Council and/or designated employees of Forest City Borough will meet with organizations and/or leaders or coaches to discuss the policy and distribute flyers with the “Tobacco-Free” regulations.
c. Forest City Borough Council/employees or designated individuals will make periodic observation of activity sites to monitor compliance and help to promote awareness of a tobacco free policy.
d. Penalties for violation will be detailed in a separate ordinance.
a. Any product containing, made or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco and snuff;
b. Any electronic device that delivers nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe or hookah;
c. Notwithstanding any provision of Subsections (A) and (B) to the contrary, “tobacco product” includes any component, part or accessory of a tobacco product whether or not sold separately. “Tobacco Products” does not include any product that has been approved by the United States Food & Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product or for other therapeutic purposes where such product is marked and sold for such an approved purpose; and,
d. The list identified in Subparagraph (A) and (B) are subject to adjustment to conform to terms used in specific state or local laws,
VI. POLICY ADOPTION DATE: November 6, 2017

ORDINANCE #509_2017