Smokers soon won’t be allowed to light up in Greenwood parks or on any city property, such as in the parking lots outside city hall.
Greenwood plans to join Carmel, Fishers, Westfield and a few other Indiana cities that don’t let people smoke in their parks.
Nor will festivals or special events conducted in the parks get a pass. The Greenwood City Council decided not to make exceptions for festivals or concerts as had been previously discussed.
The council voted unanimously Monday to ban smoking in parks and all city property. People already weren’t allowed to smoke in city buildings but now won’t be able to light up outside in the parking lot as well, city attorney Krista Taggart said.
A few dozen people raised their hands when asked who attended the meeting just for the smoking ban, and several residents thanked the council after it gave preliminary approval to the ban. Four residents, including two doctors, urged the council to approve it and expressed concerns about the health effects of secondhand smoke.