Public can weigh in on smoking rules on all properties, including parks and trails

Two upcoming public meetings will focus on the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s proposal to extend a smoking ban beyond its indoor facilities to include district-owned and maintained properties such as athletic fields, parks and trails.

Meetings will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in Room 3 at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center, 11640 S.W. Park Way, and on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, 9985 S.W. 125th Ave.

The meetings were scheduled following a Parks Advisory Committee presentation to the park district’s board on Sept. 9 recommending that the district adopt a no-smoking policy on all its properties. Smoking is already prohibited in park district buildings.

The committee, one of several park district advisory committees comprising community volunteers who counsel the board on key issues, made their recommendation based on extensive research.

The October public meetings will include a presentation, and interested individuals will be invited to comment and ask questions.

The park district will solicit additional feedback through a website survey, Facebook, Twitter and other communications tools.

If public response is favorable, the proposed smoking ban will go before the board of directors again later this year. If the board approves the measure, the policy will be implemented beginning in spring 2014.

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