Portland Parks Go Smoke Free
Ban begins July 1 for entire parks system
6/16/2015, 3:52 p.m.
Portland Parks and Recreation’s ban on smoking and tobacco use will expand July 1 to include the entire parks system. All city parks, natural areas, community centers, trails, golf courses, and recreation areas where city park rules apply will be smoke and tobacco-free.
The action was taken to promote public health and protect Portland’s parks and natural areas, officials said. The city currently prohibits tobacco use at Director Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the portion of the South Park Blocks that is located on Portland State University’s campus. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of any play structure, picnic table or designated children’s play area.
“Expanding the smoking and tobacco-free policy throughout the entire PP&R system makes the rule consistent,” says PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. “And Portland will join more than 500 cities and towns nationwide which already have laws mandating smoke-free parks. It furthers our mission of Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland.”
Those smoking or using tobacco could be asked to leave the park where the violation takes place, for the rest of the day.
“The intent of the smoke and tobacco-free parks policy is to promote public health and protect Portland’s parks and natural areas, not to criminalize those who smoke or use tobacco,” says Commissioner Fritz. “We expect people to comply with the expanded policy because it’s the right thing to do for our parks and for themselves, not solely because they’re faced with major penalties.”