Syracuse lawmakers are moving to ban smoking in city parks. And that includes some popular downtown hangout spots.
An ordinance brought up by the Common Council’s new health committee would prohibit smoking on any land managed by the Syracuse parks department. That includes around the fountains in Columbus Circle and Clinton Square and Hanover Squares.
The committee is also putting forward a measure to discourage smoking on sidewalks.
Councilor Khalid Bey says the city won’t be able to stop everyone from smoking in parks, "but the effort, I think, is warranted."