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Eugene Parks Go Smoke-Free

Hendricks Park in Eugene.
Eugeneoutdoors.com
Hendricks Park in Eugene.

Eugene parks and natural areas are now smoke-free. Beginning in June park goers will see signs indicating the change.

Hendricks Park in Eugene.
Credit Eugeneoutdoors.com
Hendricks Park in Eugene.

Kelly Darnell is with Eugene Parks and Open Spaces. She says there is overwhelming public support for the new policy. 

Darnell says it’s not just about fresh air—cigarette butts are trash.

Darnell: “It’s a tremendous amount of litter in our parks, and it’s really the biggest form of litter worldwide. It also releases toxics into the environment. So, there’s also a lot of natural area community health benefits.”

Darnell says a three-month education period will begin in June. She says it will include new signs as well as visits from city park ambassadors.

Similar rules apply in neighboring cities like Corvallis, Springfield, and Bend.

Smoking is already banned in state-owned parks.

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Kyra Buckley
Kyra Buckley has been a volunteer in KLCC’s newsroom since August 2015. She will graduate from the University of Oregon in December 2015 with a BA in Journalism and Political Science. At the UO she held leadership positions on student run publications like Envision, an online environmental magazine, and This Oregon Life, a storytelling podcast.