Smoke-free signs added to local parks

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - If you drive by Church Park in Sparks, you’ll notice one thing that didn’t used to be there.

“We are creating a norm of smoke-free vape-free living so we are thrilled this is happening in our community,” said Kelli Goatley-Seals of the Washoe County Health District.

Smoking and vaping were recently banned in all public parks in our area and the first of the new signs was unveiled at Idlewild Park on Monday. A look at the sign revels how multiple entities came together to make it happen.

“People can enjoy their parks and not have to move away from toxic secondhand smoke,” said David Pritchett of the City of Reno.

Park rangers will be tasked with enforcing the new ordinance, and punishment will only come if you are a repeat offender.

The smoking ban has been put in place to create smoke-free environments for families, and to protect pets from tobacco waste.

“We’re hopeful that people will understand the reasoning behind this to really create a better community for everyone, and our open spaces are just as important to have clean air as any indoor building,” said Parks Operations Superintendent Colleen Wallace Barnum.

The implementation will cover all of the public parks in the Truckee Meadows. In Reno, that will mean 87 parks, and in Sparks, it will mean 50 parks.

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