September 25, 2013 Updated: September 25, 2013 at 11:46 am
The Colorado Springs City Council voted 5-3 on Tuesday to ban smoking in all city parks, including trails and open space areas.
The ban is meant to protect city properties from fire danger, decrease litter — especially from cigarette butts — and reduce “detrimental” secondhand smoke, said Karen Palus, parks director.
Violators can be fined up to $500 and spend 90 days in jail.
Council members Helen Collins, Joel Miller and Keith King did not endorse the ban. They questioned enforcement and called the ban a limit on personal freedom. Council members Val Snider, Jan Martin, Merv Bennet, Jill Gaebler and Don Knight favored the ban. Councilman Andy Pico was absent.