Chester bans smoking in city parks

Posted: June 29, 2012

Chester City parks will soon be smoke free.

The Delaware County city recently amended an ordinance to ban tobacco use from within 50 feet of city parks, including playgrounds, basketball or tennis courts, recreation centers, and city swimming pools. The effort is part of the "Young Lungs at Play" campaign, a program supported by the state's Department of Health and funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Friday, city officials will be on hand at the Memorial Park Pool to install the first of about 75 signs to go up in 20 locations announcing the initiative.

A fine of up to $600 can be imposed for violating the new ordinance, according to the city solicitor's office.    - Mari A. Schaefer

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