Earlier this year, Fort Worth banned smoking at bars and restaurants, now the city has banned smoking at parks.
On Tuesday, the Fort Worth City Council banned smoking at the city’s parks, which also includes athletic fields, swimming pools, pathways and trails. The city’s public golf courses and the unenclosed area of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, a popular exhibition area best known for the Fort Worth stock show and rodeo, are exempt.
The new rule will go into effect within 90 days, though the city does not expect enforcement to be particularly strict. The city’s code compliance director testified that the city might have to enforce the rule via the police department 1 percent of the time.
Fines would be less than $500 in the event someone refused to comply with the law.