Earlier this year the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan banned smoking near building entrances and bus stops. The ban included an option for the City Administrator to designate any city park, or portion of as smoke free. On Tuesday a formal recommendation was received to ban smoking at 77 parks.
It is now up to Commissioner Powers to decide if that request should be implemented. The current fine for violation of the existing ordinance is $25 or community service at the discretion of a judge. However the city is hoping that people self-police.
If the decision to accept the request to ban smoking at 77 parks is approved the Parks Commission plans to request that more of the total 158 parks be included.
Ann Arbor is home to 116,000 residents over 28.7 square miles and was founded in 1824.