The City of Elgin is committed to making our community a healthy place to live, work and recreate. To help us achieve that vision the City Council recently passed an ordinance banning all tobacco substances from most of the city’s parks and recreation facilities. The only exceptions to this tobacco ban are the three city golf courses, Festival Park lawn area during concerts, and the sports complex softball fields during adult programs and events.
Banning tobacco substances from our parks should result in several benefits, including elimination of second hand smoke, reduction in the amount of park litter and most importantly positive role models for the young people that use our parks and recreation facilities. We are asking that all residents and users of our parks help us to spread the word of this new ordinance and that compliance comes through peer pressure and social norms. If you wish to read the full ordinance you can find it on the city’s website, by doing a search for Ordinance No. G48-15.