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77 Ann Arbor Parks Recommended To Go Smoke-Free

Liberty Plaza
Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

A trip to Ann Arbor's Farmers Market, a walk along the Huron in Gallup Park, and a trip to the pool at Veteran's Memorial Park could all become smoke-free experiences.  The Parks Advisory Commission has recommended these and other parks should go smoke-free.

A total of 77 Ann Arbor parks are included on the list Parks Advisory Commission is submitting to City Administrator Steve Powers. In April, City Council passed an ordinance to ban smoking in outdoor places and gave the city administrator the authority to ban smoking in parks after consulting with PAC.

Chair David Santacrocesays they chose the 73 parks with playgrounds and the four parks within the Downtown Development Authority boundaries. He says it was a common sense first step."Put this ban in place.  Let it go for a year.  Let's measure its effect.  Right, and then we'd happily engage you again about whether smoking should be banned in further parks," Santacroce says.

The ordinance calls for a civil infraction if a smoker refuses to stop immediately upon being requested by a police officer. A $25 fine or community service is the penalty.

City Administrator Steve Powers will consider the recommendation and signs will be posted in parks he agrees should be smoke-free. 

Parks within the DDA boundaries recommended for a smoking ban.

  • Farmers Market
  • Kempf House
  • Liberty Plaza
  • Sculpture Plaza

​Parks with playgrounds recommended for a smoking ban.

  • Allmendinger Park
  • Arbor Oaks Park
  • Bader Park
  • Baxter Park 
  • Beckley Park
  • Belize Park
  • Bromley Park
  • Brookside Park
  • Bryant Community Center
  • Buhr Park
  • Burns Park
  • Burr Oak Park
  • Churchill Downs Park
  • Clinton Park
  • Cloverdale Park
  • Cranbrook Park
  • Creal Park
  • Ellsworth Park
  • Esch Park
  • Evergreen Park
  • Foxfire North Park
  • Frisinger Park
  • Fritz Park
  • Fuller Park
  • Gallup Park
  • Garden Homes Park
  • Glacier Highlands Park
  • Greenbrier Park
  • Hansen Nature Area
  • Hunt Park
  • Huron Highlands Park
  • Island Park
  • Kelly Park
  • Kilburn Park
  • Landsdowne Park
  • Las Vegas Park
  • Leslie Park
  • Longshore Park
  • Mary Beth Doyle Park
  • Maryfield Wildwood Park
  • Meadowbrook Park
  • Mixtwood Pomona Park
  • Mushroom Park
  • North Main Park
  • Northside Park
  • Olson Park
  • Pilgrim Park
  • Placid Way Park
  • Plymouth Parkway Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Rose Park
  • Rose White Park
  • Scheffler Park
  • South Maple Park
  • SouthEast Area Park
  • Sugarbush Park
  • Sylvan Park
  • The Ponds
  • Turnberry Park
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Virginia Park
  • Ward Park
  • Waterworks Park
  • Waymarket Park
  • Wellington Park
  • West Park
  • Wheeler Park
  • White Oak Park
  • Winchell Park
  • Windemere Park
  • Winewood Thaler Park
  • Woodbury Park
  • Wurster Park

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu. 


Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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