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Smoking ban in works for La Crosse city parks

Brad Williams

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Students placed red flags everywhere they found cigarette butts in Powell Park back in 2016.

The places where people can smoke in La Crosse could become more scarce soon. 

Smoking may be banned in all La Crosse parks, following a vote by the city park board.

An actual ban would have to be passed by the city council. 

Besides health concerns, one reason for the proposed ban is to cut down on having to clean up cigarette butts in the parks. La Crosse parks and rec. director Jay Odegaard said they burn about 20 man hours a week picking up cigarette butts.

La Crosse Police will be consulted on how much of a fine could be charged for smoking in a park.  Of course, there’s alreay a fine for littering.

Odegaard also said smokers would have to be careful about walking onto private property near parks, in order to light up. 

Back in April of 2016, the 7 Rivers Community School spent an afternoon placing red flags everywhere they found a cigarette butt and ended up picking up 1,456 butts in Powell Park.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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