Article 53


Section 1               Prohibited Areas of Use

Recreational conveyances, both motorized and non-motorized, including, but not limited to, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, and roller blades may not be used or operated in, on or upon any building owned by the Town of Natick or the stairs and grounds of a building owned by the Town of Natick, except grounds specifically designated for recreational use or operation. Such recreational conveyances may not be used or operated upon any private building or land where the owner or other person in control of the property has posted a notice prohibiting such use or operation.

Section 2               Hazardous Use Or Operations Prohibited

No person shall use or operate any such recreational conveyance in, on or upon any public way, sidewalk, parking area, or private property where such use or operation is permitted, in such a way that a hazard is created for pedestrians or vehicles. For purposes of this by-law, a hazard exists when a reasonable person could conclude that an injury to a person or damage to property would result from the use or operation of these conveyances in the manner observed.

Section 3               Penalty

Any person using or operating a recreational conveyance in a prohibited area or in a hazardous manner shall be assessed a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for a first offense, and fifty dollars ($50.00) for second and subsequent offenses. As an alternative to the monetary penalty, violators may, upon mutual agreement with the police department, elect to perform, for a first offense, eight hours community service, and sixteen hours community service for second and subsequent offenses. Such community service shall be at the direction of the Natick Police Department.

Section 4               Severability

In the event that any provision of this by-law is determined to be illegal or invalid by final judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions shall continue in effect to the extent permitted by law.