Signs will go up in San Elijo Hills park to indicate smoking areas

By Linda Lou-UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

July 19, 2008

SAN MARCOS – New signs telling people where they can smoke in San Marcos parks will be going up soon.

An ordinance restricting smoking to designated areas in the parks went into effect almost two months ago, but the areas were not selected.

This week, the city’s Community Services Commission approved designated areas suggested by the city staff. Most parks will have one area, but the larger parks, such as Bradley, will have several spots. Sheriff’s deputies could ticket smokers caught puffing outside those zones. But Craig Sargent-Beach, director of community services, said fining smokers isn’t the goal. The emphasis will be on spreading the word about the new ordinance and getting smokers used to the designated areas, he said. Signs should be posted in late August, Sargent-Beach said.

San Elijo: next to the trash enclosure near the community center parking lot; and near the south end of the soccer pitch off Schoolhouse Way.

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