February first sees the implementation of a new smoking ban.
Starting February first, smokers in Ann Arbor will have to put out their cigarettes if they are spending time in any of Ann Arbor's parks. A ban on smoking will be put in place for the four downtown parks, as well as 73 parks with playgrounds. Individuals who refuse to abide by the ban will face a civil infraction with a fine of $25, or community service.
Ann Arbor City Administrator, Steve Powers, is hopeful police won't have to issue tickets. In an interview, Powers stated the city will start with "signage at the parks, then emphasizing voluntary compliance."
Ann Arbor's Parks Advisory Commission recommended these 77 parks, and plan to review the policy after one year. In April 2014, City Council passed an ordinance banning smoking in public places. This ordinance grants the administrator authority on what to do about smoking in parks.