February 9, 2016

Residents seek to ban smoking in city parks

Mark Taylor
Smoking may soon be a thing of the past in Gardner parks.
During a Sept. 10 work session, Jeff Stewart, parks and recreation director, presented the council with a petition signed by 18 residents asking that smoking be banned in the city’s parks and recreation facilities.
Currently, only the Gardner Aquatic center prohibits smoking.
“This is a facility rule, and not enforced by ordinance,” Stewart wrote in a memo to the council.
“Similar rules could be put in place for certain facilities if desired.”
Stewart said staff has contacted other cities to see how they regulate smoking in public parks.
“Many Kansas communities responded, but none that were able to provide an ordinance that bans smoking or tobacco products,” he said.


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