DeWitt: Parks in DeWitt set new tobacco-free policy

"I'm definitely for tobacco-free parks," she said.

Penn was taking part in Canal Day activities with family members, who were also on board with the program.

Sportelli noted the policy is self-enforcing but is confident those utilizing the park will obey the rules. As well, if a family sees a smoker on the grounds, most likely someone will inform him or her that the area is a smoke-free environment, he said.

DeWitt's parks and playgrounds include Maxwell Park, Franklin Park, Dunrovin Park, Ryder Park, Grist Mill Park, Avery Park, Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Area, and the future Fiddler's Green.

"Secondhand smoke is a proven health risk and children are especially vulnerable to its dangers," said Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Onondaga County Commissioner of Health, in a press release. "I congratulate the town of DeWitt for their leadership in protecting the health of our children."

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