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  • Smoking Ban Proposal Expanded to Include All Park Facilities

    by MATT MURPHY, Daily Mail staff April 2015

    Charleston's proposed ban was originally written to apply only to public recreation centers and for smoking, but committee members favored expanding the proposal to cover all parks and recreation facilities and e-cigarettes.

  • City, County Map 137 Miles of Trails with Google Street View

    by Hannah Hunnicutt April 2015

    Hikers who want an advance look at Knoxville's Urban Wilderness trails can get their wish, courtesy of Google and city parks officials.

  • San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park

    by Michael Gaio April 2015

    San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

    If the ban is approved, AT&T Park would become the first major league ballpark to ban smokeless tobacco. It’s a move welcomed by Major league Baseball.

    “As we have repeatedly and publicly acknowledged, MLB has long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level," the league said in a statement, "and we intend to comply with all applicable laws regarding the use of smokeless tobacco on the field in all of our ballparks.”

    As the Los Angeles Times reports, The ban still needs to pass a second Board of Supervisors vote and be signed by Mayor Ed Lee.

    “San Francisco will send a simple and strong message,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the ordinance. “Tobacco use in sports will no longer harm our youth, our health.”

    Bans against smoking have become commonplace in this country, but rules against smokeless tobacco are not as widespread.

    According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 1,203 municipalities in the United States have enacted 100% smokefree laws and all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums have rules that limit or completely prohibit smoking. The same cannot be said about smokeless tobacco.

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell, told the L.A. Times he chews a can of smokeless tobacco each day. However, he’s still in favor of the San Francisco ban.

    "I'm for it,” he said. “It should be enforced. It's common sense. It's a filthy habit. I do it. Maybe it will help me quit," Howell said. "I've tried to quit every off-season. It's mainly more cutting back than quitting.”

    But he may not speak for all major leaguers.

    Per the L.A. Times:

    The Major League Baseball Players Assn. declined to comment on the legislation.

    During the last round of collective bargaining, management sought — and the union rejected — a ban on smokeless tobacco. Such a ban is in place in the minor leagues, where management can implement changes unilaterally.

    The union argued that it would not be appropriate to ban a product that remains legal and widely available.

    However, management and the union agreed to forbid the use of smokeless tobacco in televised interviews and player appearances, to restrict players from carrying tobacco products in their uniforms, to develop and implement educational programs to demonstrate the health risks of tobacco use, and to provide resources to any player wishing to quit.

    The Campaign for Tabacco-Free Kids estimates about 535,000 children ages 12 to 17 start using smokeless tobacco each year.

  • Bicycle Repair Stations Planned for Trails, Parks

    by John Reynolds Staff Writer April 2015

    Cyclists who have a mechanical problem or a flat tire while riding their bicycle on a local trail will soon have a spot where they can make a quick fix so they can get back on the road.

  • Park to Honor Boy's Death with Accessible Playground

    by Gerald Witt gerald.witt@knoxnews.com 865-342-6357 April 2015

    The first development at Lakeshore Park will be a playground in memory of a child who loved baseball but died two days before his first game.

  • Park's Proposed Improvements Include Figure-8 Track

    by CHRIS BUCKLEY April 2015

    Over the decades, Mounds Park has been a hub of activity. Now, the city council has big plans for the sprawling park.

  • Tennis Club's Proposed Move into Park Meets Pushback

    by Nick Kotsopoulos April 2015

    The Worcester Tennis Club decided last week to work out a partnership with the city so the club can move to the Newton Hill section of Elm Park.

  • City Considers Ban on Hammocks Hung on Park Trees

    by Diane Knich, Post & Courier April 2015

    Gina Iacovelli and her friends love trees. On clear, warm spring and summer days, they grab their hammocks and tie them to trees in White Point Garden or Hampton Park. They hang them close together under the leafy canopies so they can talk to each other. But sometimes they simply read, sleep or put on headphones and listen to music. Those times will likely soon fade into the halcyon days of her life in Charleston as a ban on hammocks in public parks makes its way through the city s approval process.

  • Debate Over 10 MPH Limit on Minneapolis Bike Paths

    by STEVE BRANDT; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) April 2015

    Minneapolis park officials Wednesday night rejected a proposal to remove 10 mile-per-hour speed limits on park bike paths after the plan ignited an online debate among drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

  • City Replaces Rundown Tennis Backboards

    by TOBY SMITH FOR THE JOURNAL April 2015

    Those mostly wooden green barriers have long been used to help tennis players groove their strokes or grasp the fundamentals of the sport without a partner