City parks go smoke-free


Franklin County Public Health and Grove City Parks and Recreation have partnered to make all parks, recreation spaces and all other sites where park and recreation rules apply tobacco-free throughout the city.

This ban fully prohibits smoking or carrying of lighted cigarettes, pipes and cigars and other tobacco use within all areas of public parks leased or owned by the city of Grove City.

“Establishing tobacco-free public parks in Grove City helps create healthy and safe environments at Grove City parks especially for our youth,” says Franklin County Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola.

Workers with the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department will install signs at the entrance of its public parks to inform residents and visitors that the park is smoke-and-tobacco-free.

“One of our missions is to provide healthy and clean places for people to enjoy,” said Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage. “The smoking and tobacco ban is about protecting the rights of everyone to have a smoke-and tobacco-free environment to exercise and enjoy our outdoor spaces.”

Grove City now joins other communities in Franklin County and around the state working closely with local public health agencies to enact comprehensive tobacco-free policies that reduce the public’s exposure to the effects of secondhand smoke.

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