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Don't Light Up In Ann Arbor Parks

Paolo Neo
Cigarette Smoke

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.

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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