The City of Turlock Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission (PARC) will meet this Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Turlock City Hall where, in addition to other planned items, staff will give an update on the controversial proposed smoking ban in all City parks, however the action item has been moved to next month.
The concern was initially raised at the Aug. 13 PARC meeting by Girl Scout Troop 3289 of Turlock; at the Sept. 10 meeting, Ken Fitzgerald of the Stanislaus County Office of Education Smoke-Free Parks initiative came in support of the Girl Scout’s petition as they gave a presentation on why a ban should be enacted.
PARC was expected to vote on an action item on Wednesday, however the item has been rescheduled to the Nov. 12 PARC meeting. The commission will still hear a staff update on the smoking ban from Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Superintendent Erik Schulze.
Proponents of the ban stated health concerns due to secondhand smoke as being a primary motivation behind why smoking, in any form, should be banned in City parks.
Some community members stated opposition to the ban because they saw it as an infringement of personal freedom.
During the public participation section of the meeting, the public will have the opportunity to voice their concerns to the Commission directly on any issue related to their jurisdiction not already on the agenda.
Additionally, staff will provide updates on the Grand Opening of the Dog Park at Swanson Centennial Park and EEA Young Eagles Day at the Turlock Municipal Airport. Scheduled matters include a discussion on Arts Update and the Commission to Update City Council.
The Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway, in the Yosemite Community Room.