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Smoking will now become a thing of the past in parks and recreation facilities in the city of Huntingburg.

Tuesday night during their regular meeting at Huntingburg City Hall the Huntingburg City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that will no longer allow folks to light up within parks owned by the city.

The idea of a smoking ban came from the recommendation of the Huntingburg Park Board who told the council that other communities had already adopted a similar stance towards smoking.

One issue was the cost of clean up and maintenance from smoking which can be eliminated.

The issue was first discussed by the council at their last meeting earlier this month.

Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner says one of the key issues as far as considering the ban was consideration for the health and wellness of those who frequent the city’s parks and recreation areas…..

 


Spinner notes that the city’s parks are a point of pride for the community and sees the ban as the next step in making city parks a welcoming place where the public can feel safe and secure as well as a place where folks can bring their families and enjoy a healthy lifestyle in the community.

Huntingburg Parks Director Larry Alstadt says the ban will take effect 30 days after a public notification has been issued sometime around mid to late January.

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