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Village of Nashville

Village-Owned Outdoor Recreational Facilities

Model Tobacco-Free Policy

Adopted 1-10-2013

Section 1: Rationale

WHEREAS, the Village believes that tobacco use in the proximity of children and adults engaging in or watching outdoor recreational activities at Village-owned or operated facilities is detrimental to their health and can be offensive to those using such facilities; and


WHEREAS, the Village has a unique opportunity to create and sustain an environment that

supports a non-tobacco norm through a tobacco-free policy, rule enforcement, and adult-peer

role modeling on Village-owned outdoor recreational facilities; and


WHEREAS, the Village believes parents, leaders, and officials involved in recreation are role

models for youth and can have a positive effect on the lifestyle choices they make; and


WHEREAS, the tobacco industry advertises at and sponsors recreational events to foster a

connection between tobacco use and recreation; and


WHEREAS, cigarettes, once consumed in public spaces, are often discarded on the ground

requiring additional maintenance expenses, diminish the beauty of the Village’s recreational

facilities, and pose a risk to toddlers due to ingestion; and


WHEREAS, the Village Park & Recreation Board determines that the prohibition of tobacco use at the Village’s recreational facilities serves to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of our Village.


THEREFORE, be it resolved that tobacco use is prohibited in outdoor recreational facilities. No

person shall use any form of tobacco at or on any Village-owned or operated outdoor recreational facilities, including the restrooms, spectator and concession areas. These facilities include Village owned boat launch areas, Central Park, Putnam Park, and Riverside Park.


Section 2: Enforcement

1. Appropriate signs shall be posted in the above specified areas.

2. The community, especially facility users and staff, will be notified about this policy.

3. Staff will make periodic observations of recreational facilities to monitor for compliance.

4. Any person found violating this policy may be subject to immediate ejection from the

recreation facility for the remainder of the event.


Section 3: Effective Date

This policy statement is effective immediately upon the date of adoption,

which is January 10, 2013.