Coming Soon To New York State Parks Smoke Free Zones

04.09.12 | Bob Price

The initiative from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation would impact historic sites, including areas within parks, around playgrounds and at pools.

"State Parks and Historic Sites should be healthy and clean places for our visitors, especially our youngest guests," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "It makes sense to ensure all visitors have a place to go in our parks to enjoy fresh air, while also protecting children playing at our pools and playgrounds from the dangers of second-hand smoke and reducing litter from discarded cigarette butts." 

Smoking is already prohibited inside all state park building nnder New York's Clean Indoor Act Law.

The new policy will apply to all playgrounds and swimming pools. It may also include specific beaches, pavilions and picnic shelters, public gardens and areas near food and beverage concessions.

A listing of the designated non-smoking areas is available on State Parks' website,