Meridian Bans Smoking in Parks. Is Boise Next?


Meridian has become the first municipality in Ada County to ban smoking in public parks. While the city of Boise moves forward with its effort to curb smoking, Tuesday night Meridian's City Council voted unanimously to extend an existing ordinance to include parks as places to post no-smoking signs. Smoking would be allowed in the parking lots of Meridian parks but violations for smoking in the park could be punishable by a $50 fine.

Boise's Park and Recreation Department has been crafting an ordinance in conjunction with the city's legal department that could see a ban of smoking at or near any recreational location (baseball diamond, soccer field) where youth may gather. The Boise ordinance has yet to make it to a City Council agenda.