The bill is designed to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke at beaches and parks, cut down on litter and improve fire safety in those public areas. Smoking would still be allowed in parking lots near beaches and parks.
A partnership between the city, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable will provide hotspot access in the parks through July 2020.
Some New York city residents are furious about the Big Apple’s new smoking ban in public parks. Their anger, however, is not because they’re smokers – it’s because they’re not, and they’re worried that exceptions to the ban may make their neighborhood park a smoker’s paradise.
The City Council approved the measure on Feb. 2., but not without opposition. Council members who voted against the ban said they see it as an invasion of individual rights.
Volunteers and city workers are planting trees in New York’s public parks as part of an ongoing campaign to beautify the city and clean its air.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg put out Councilman Peter Vallone’s compromise plan about creating smoking zones in parks and beaches once again on Friday.