Commissioners look at smoking policy for city parks

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 03:30 PM.

Dave Smith, Havelock Parks and Recreation director, said recreation areas had been added to the city since the policy was enacted 20 years ago and that there were simply not enough no-smoking signs to cover all areas.

"Over the passage of time there has been some increased use of some other parks for athletic sports practices," he said, citing areas such as some parks off McCotter Boulevard that host youth sports practices. "There has been some talk whether those other areas need to have signs posted and have that included within the policy, but again, I reiterate that it’s not necessarily scheduled games for those facilities but there are youth practicing youth sports."

Commissioner Karen Lewis said whether youth sports games were taking place at the parks was not the issue.

"There are children there," she said. "There’s not much difference."

Commissioner George Liner said he was most concerned about Havelock City Park.

"We have the band concerts over there, the movies in the park, the Easter Egg hunt, the Fourth of July stuff and everything else," he said.

In the end, commissioners decided to ask members of the city recreation advisory board to study if amendments to the policy were needed.

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