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Public input sought for Oklahoma City park anti-smoking signs

You'll have a chance in June to have input into what the anti-smoking signs will say in Oklahoma City parks. OKC Beautiful has offered to help pay for the signs, which will soon go up in at least some parks after the city council declared them to be smoke-free.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Published: May 31, 2012

Signs discouraging smoking are probably going up in at least some Oklahoma City parks fairly soon, but not before the public has a say about what the signs should look like.

Emails have been sent and discussions held about how to promote a new anti-smoking policy in city parks, which was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Oklahoma City Council. It remains to be seen what the signs will say, because the city can't enforce the policy without a change to the state's interpretation of Oklahoma law.

The signs will be a topic at the next Oklahoma City Park Commission meeting, which is set for 3 p.m. June 20 at Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36, said Jennifer McClintock, city Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting.

Some council members made clear the signs should reflect that the policy is, in effect, just a request to not smoke based on courtesy and common sense. City Manager Jim Couch told the council they'll have the chance to review and approve the signs.

“Having a sign there is just a reminder that there are children and that parks probably aren't the best place for people to be smoking,” McClintock said.

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