Possible smoking ban in City parks



Possible smoking ban in City parks

Marissa     From the City, Yett Creek         0    

The potential  off leash dog park designation for Yett Creek got a lot of neighbors talking.  At several board meetings, many people expressed their concerns that additional traffic to the park could increase the fire risk because of people smoking.  However, this was found to be contrary to what the fire department has experienced.  They say that the more well-traveled an area is, the better the chance is of spotting small fire before it gets out of hand.  Still, it remained a concern in people’s minds.

And then the unthinkable happened and the park DID catch fire.  Currently, it’s being investigated as arson and not an accidental-cigarette-induced blazed.  Still, all our minds are churning with possibilities.

It may relieve some neighbors to hear that the City of Austin has made the first steps towards an ordinance that would ban smoking in all City parks, including Yett Creek.  You can read more of the details on the Community Impact website here.

There is currently a temporary Burn Ban in all City parks which includes smoking (along with grilling) that was passed in April due to severe drought conditions.  Violations are considered a Class C Misdemeanor and a fine between $300 and $500.