The Richmond Register

October 1, 2013

Limits to smoking in parks to be considered

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — The Richmond Parks Board may soon consider limiting smoking in the city’s parks to certain areas, and even in the future banning smoking at all sites.

Director of Parks and Recreation Erin Moore told the board at its regular meeting Tuesday that there currently are no formal policies about smoking in the parks. She said she would like to examine the matter and bring back recommendations to the board at a later meeting.

“I don’t think we should make it all nonsmoking immediately,” Board chair Dan McBride said. He added that eventually the parks system may consider becoming entirely smoke-free.

Moore said Paradise Cove Aquatic Center already has a designated smoking area, and making some shelters near the playground nonsmoking might be the next step.

Nonsmoking areas in public spaces can be difficult to enforce, McBride pointed out. However, signs asking smokers to be courteous toward others might be a good step to take, another park board member suggested.

In other business:

• Parks staff expressed concern that only five groups have committed to setting up booths to hand out candy at this year’s Halloween Hoe Down, which will be downtown from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. This is the first time the event has been held on Thursday. In the past few years it has been conducted at Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturdays.

Booth sponsors must pay $10 and then provide their own candy to hand out. To sign up for a booth, call 623-8753.

• Moore said Paradise Cove may “possibly” turn a profit this year. Through the end of August, the total revenue was $352,000 and expenses were $313,000. However, there are still outstanding bills for September that have not been figured into the totals, Moore said. Final figures will be available at next month’s parks board meeting.

Adventure Falls will remain open on the weekends until the end of October.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.