Healthy signage going up in parks

No smoking rules now publicly outlined

City of Kelowna gardener Todd Scarrow installs a new no-smoking sign at the doors to the Kasugai Gardens

The first round of smoke-free signs went up around Kelowna parks Tuesday afternoon.

Kasugai Gardens, City Park, Waterfront Park and the Parkinson, Rutland and Mission Recreation parks, were the first to be peppered with the encouragement to stay smoke free.

When the sign projected is completed, there will be nearly 200 signs in 45 of the region’s parks.

Signs came to be as the result of a funding partnership between Interior Health and the City of Kelowna, which initially had not included the markers in their budget.

While the signs are going up now, the non-smoking bylaw has been in place since Feb. 1, after urging from Interior Health medical health officers.

So it’s only fitting they  provided the first $4,500 of the cost of the signs.

From there Kelowna Parks Services was able to access matching Partners in Parks internal funding to bring the total sign investment for this year to $9,000.