Sparks City Council Meeting 4/9/2018 2:00:00 PMMonday, April 9, 2018 2:00 PM
Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg., 745 4th St. , Sparks, NV
General Business: 9.1
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
The City Manager is requesting direction to proceed with an amendment to Title 12 of the Sparks Municipal Code to prohibit smoking and vaping in Sparks' parks as recommended by the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission.
The current Sparks Municipal Code, Section 12.24.090 reads "The Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation shall, after consultation with the Parks and Recreation Commission and following approval by the City Manager, adopt, amend or repeal such rules, consistent with the policies, objects and purposes of the City Council, as he or she may deem necessary or desirable in the public interest in regulating the safe, enjoyable and equitable use of city parks. Rules pertaining to specific activity areas shall be displayed in a prominent and public location in or near such area or shall be communicated orally or in writing to program participants as circumstances require. Principal rules pertaining to an entire park shall be publicly and prominently displayed at the entrance to the city park."
In January 2017, the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission attended a concurrent meeting with the respective Commissions for Washoe County and the City of Reno. During this meeting, the Washoe County Health District presented the concept of creating smoke-free parks in the Truckee Meadows. At the concurrent meeting, each Commission gave direction to move forward with exploring the possibility of creating smoke-free parks. A subcommittee with a member from each jurisdiction was formed and has been working on this topic for the past year.
The Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission discussed this item at their regular meeting on January 24, 2018, and voted to recommend to City Council to create an Ordinance that would prohibit smoking and vaping within all City of Sparks' parks. Below are the three items approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission:
1) Sparks' parks to be smoke and vape free;
2) Smoke and vape free to be enforced in the entire park including parking lots; and
3) Smoke and vape free to be enforced by Ordinance.
The Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission, the City of Reno Recreation and Parks Commission and the Washoe County Open Space and Regional Parks Commission are committed to the quality of life for all Truckee Meadows residents. The subcommittee, consisting of one representative each from each entity, has determined that the prohibition of smoking and vaping in the region's parks and recreational facilities serve to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens. They believe:
1) Exposure to smoke or aerosol from cigarettes or electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is unhealthy and detrimental to the health of others;
2) Cigarette waste is commonly discarded on the ground, requiring additional maintenance expenses, and diminishing the beauty of parks and recreation facilities; and
3) As leaders, parents, community members and officials, we are role models for youth and can have a positive effect on the lifestyle choices they make.
The primary enforcement of the smoke-free/vape-free park policy will be through new signage in parks and social pressure to not smoke in the parks. Staff does not anticipate law enforcement actively patrolling parks looking for Ordinance related violations. Staff will notify residents via current communication channels including social media and press releases; appropriate signage posted at/in parks, trails and open space; as well as through communications with athletic associations, tournament directors and community groups that utilize park facilities. Staff will apply for grant funds through the Washoe County Health District to assist with signage creation costs.
There are many cities throughout the nation that have enacted an Ordinance that prohibits smoking and vaping within a city park. For your reference, staff has attached a list of all the cities that have laws in place prohibiting smoking.
The City Council may choose to direct the City Manager to prepare amendments to the Sparks Municipal Code to prohibit smoking and vaping in Sparks' parks as proposed by the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission.
The City Council may choose not to direct the City Manager to prepare amendments to the Sparks Municipal Code to prohibit smoking and vaping in Sparks' parks as proposed by the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission.
I move to direct the City Manager to initiate amendments to Title 12 of the Sparks Municipal Code regarding principal park rules in Sparks to prohibit smoking and vaping in Sparks' parks.
Municipalities with smokefree park laws.pdf
AI 9.1 AHA Board letter of support smoke free parks Sparks 4 6 18.pdf
AI 9.1 KTMB Sparks Smoke Free Parks Support Letter.pdf
AI 9.1 NPHA Supports Sparks City Council Smoke-free Parks 4-4-18.pdf
AI 9.1 NTPC supports SF Parks - Sparks.pdf