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Tobacco/Smoke and Vape Free Policy
CITY OF TORRINGTON
PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Tobacco/Smoke and Vape-Free Parks Policy
Date of Adoption:
October 3, 2018
The City of Torrington is committed to a high quality of life for all residents, therefore we believe that:
Tobacco/smoke and vape product use in the proximity of young children, teenagers, and adults engaging in or observing recreational and leisure activities is unhealthy and detrimental to the health of others.
Tobacco/smoke and vape products once consumed in public spaces are often discarded on the ground, thus potentially posing a risk of ingestion to humans and wildlife, causing litter problems and brush fires.
As parents, guardians, leaders, coaches, and officials we are thought of as role models and the use of tobacco/smoke and vape products around youth has a negative impact on their lifestyle choices.
TOBACCO/SMOKE AND VAPE-FREE FACILITIES
No person shall smoke, use tobacco, or vaping products at any Parks and Recreation facility or associated parking lots, including but not limited to the following recreation areas in the City of Torrington:
Bannon Street Park
Besse Skate Park
Bishop Donnelly Sports Complex
Charlene Susan Besse Park
Coe Memorial Park
Elise Besse Park
Gert Mini Park
Jiggs Donahue Park
Joe Ruwet Park
John Toro Sports Complex
Major William Besse Park
Oak Avenue Sports Complex
Pleasant View Park
Recreation Hall/Teen Center
Rock Creek Park
Sharon Avenue Park
Susan Grossman River Greenway
William L Besse Municipal Pool
Signs will be posted at all Parks and Recreation facilities.
City staff will make periodic observations to monitor compliance.
The community and facility users will be notified of this policy through various communication channels including but not limited to the Department website, City website, local newspaper, department brochure, and various forms of social media.
Athletic associations and organizations that utilize city-owned/operated facilities are committed to enforcing this policy during all scheduled activities and special events as part of the facility use agreement.
This policy is effective immediately upon the date of adoption, which is October 3, 2018.
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