King County would join a growing list of local parks, hospitals and schools with policies for tobacco-free areas under a proposed ordinance sent last week to the King County Council to prohibit tobacco use in the busiest areas of the county’s parks system.
The proposed ordinance would mean visitors to county parks could no longer use tobacco in heavily-used park areas, such as children’s playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic shelters and trailheads.
Compliance would be voluntary, much like for littering, failure to keep a dog on a leash or alcohol use in a park. Enforcement would occur only when problems are reported. A federal grant will pay for signs denoting tobacco-free areas.
Council adoption of the ordinance would align King County with 11 local governments representing more than 1 million residents who have already adopted rules prohibiting or limiting tobacco use in parks.