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Smoke-free Ballard parks

Posted by Halynn Blanchard on July 6th, 2015

All Seattle public parks will be smoke-free as of Monday, July 6th. Seattle Parks and Recreation declare: “Smell flowers, not smoke.”

Seattle Parks and Rec views smoke-free parks as a benefit to their mission to provide healthful and welcoming places for all residents to enjoy. This ruling takes effect in Ballard parks including Golden Gardens Park, Salmon Bay Park, Sunset Hill Park, and Ballard Commons Park.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners unanimously recommended to approve a parks-wide smoking ban in May. The new rule will expand the existing smoking ban from within 25 feet of another park visitor to no smoking on any publicly accessible park land. This is similar to rules in more than 1,000 other cities and jurisdictions nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Portland and San Francisco.

Enforcement of the new rule will primarily be entrusted to Park Rangers and Seattle police officers with the foremost goal of education on smoking’s hazards. For more information about the smoking ban, visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation website here.

Ballard Corners Park/ Madi Carlson

Ballard Corners Park/ Madi Carlson


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4 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 ItRainsandRains // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Seattle police are expected to enforce this rule?

    Forgive me for being skeptical that this rule will ever, ever be enforced.

  • 2 Hobo Hilton // Jul 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    No doubt. The police won’t even come when the hobos start fighting in Ballard Commons do you think they’ll come and ticket them for all the cigarette butts they drop?

    Being an inconsiderate, littering, law breaker a$$hole is ok in Seattle as long as you’re “homeless”.

  • 3 gobigblue // Jul 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    they’ll enforce it if they are present and they see it. they same way lots of other laws – such as speed limits, stop signs and DUI laws – are enforced.

    the rule also gives citizens a little more power to persuade a person to put out their cigarette in a park. “you’re breaking the law” – especially for all the cruise ship tourists that frequent myrtle edwards – will probably be more effective than “that smoke is bothering me”.

  • 4 Profile photo of Salmon Bay Salmon Bay // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Speed limits and stop sign laws are not enforced by SPD. They don’t care.
    This smoking law is just like the leash law, unenforced and those that break it don’t care.

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