[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Meriden as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCESAttachment 1 - City of Meriden Parks
Animals — See Ch. 65.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 150.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 153.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 156.
Solid waste, recycling and littering — See Ch. 176.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 200.
As used in this article the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PARK OR RECREATION AREA
- Any outdoor area owned or operated by the City of Meriden and open to the general public for primary recreational purposes, regardless of any fee or age requirement, including but not limited to picnic areas, playgrounds, sports or athletic fields, bleachers, walking paths, gardens, hiking trails, bike paths and dog parks. A park or recreational area shall not include any paved public sidewalk immediately abutting the boundary of the park or recreational area. This article shall not apply to the Hunter Golf Course.
- Inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including hookahs and marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. "Smoking" also includes the use of an electronic smoking device which creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form.
- A. Any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff, snus; and
- B. Any electronic device that delivers nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah.
No person shall smoke or use any tobacco product in any City-owned park or recreation area.
Every park or recreation area shall have at least one conspicuously displayed sign stating that smoking and the use of tobacco products are prohibited. Such signs must have appropriate text and/or graphics to clearly indicate that smoking and the use of tobacco products are prohibited and include the appropriate City of Meriden ordinance citation. Such signs shall be posted in a quantity and manner reasonably likely to inform individuals occupying the area that tobacco use is prohibited within the area.
With the written permission of the Director of Parks and Recreation, a designated smoking/tobacco use area may be identified within the park or recreation area for large events. A person smoking or using tobacco products in the designated area during a large event shall not be subject to a penalty.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by citation. The following persons have authority to issue citations for violations pursuant to this chapter: City of Meriden Police Officer.
A warning shall be issued for a first offense. The citation amount for a second offense shall be $25. The citation amount for a third offense shall be $50. The citation amount for the fourth or more offenses shall be $99. Such citation shall be on a form as prescribed by the City of Meriden.