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Smoking Ban in Yorktown Parks Gains Momentum

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Parks and Recreation Commission is moving forward with a plan to ban smoking from certain areas in Yorktown parks.

Commission Chair Diana Quast, also town clerk, said people smoking near playgrounds, athletic fields and pools has become a problem.

"A lot of other communities have [smoking bans]," Quast said. "We've asked for a $500 fine."

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The law, including the size of the fine, will ultimately be determined by the Town Board, Quast said.

"The Town Board can change [the fine] and they can decide not to do it," she said. "I hope they do."

Quast said the smoking ban would mirror a law passed by the town of Lewisboro in 2012. The law designates town-owned picnic areas, sports areas and fields (including tennis and volleyball facilities, baseball fields and basketball courts), pool facilities and playgrounds as "smoke-free zones."

"It's not banning it from every park," Quast said, "it's banning it from certain areas in the park."

Quast said the idea may be discussed further at an upcoming joint meeting between the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Town Board and the Planning Board, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Hall meeting room.

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