Just over two months since Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his desire to see the Emerald City’s parks go smoke free, it appears he will get his wish.
Thursday night the Board of Park Commissioners voted in favor of the ban, meaning that all is required is for Superintendent Jesus Aguirre to grant his approval, which several media outlets reported as schedule to happen on Friday, including KIRO-TV.
While the ban would be eligible to go into effect in 30 days, it is expected to formally start on July 1.
The city recently dropped the monetary fine that the original ban proposed after several civil rights groups protested the proposal, saying it would unfairly target the homeless and minorities. Now, violators will be given verbal and written warnings before they would be subject to arrest for criminal trespass, something that still does not sit well with groups such as the NAACP and ACLU, who said it could give police a vehicle by which to harass certain groups and sought to have the ban rejected.
Seattle is home to approximately 652,405 residents.