- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Eugene officials are seeking public input on proposed rules that prohibit smoking and flying drones at city parks.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (https://goo.gl/kxocMo ) that Eugene’s parks and open space director, Craig Carnagey, says the new rules could take effect as early as April if the city adopts the final rules. The public comment period ends March 3.

The proposed smoking ban would put Eugene in line with other Lane County cities that have outlawed tobacco use at their parks, such as Cottage Grove and Veneta. The state also implemented a smoking ban in January 2015 at its parks.

Carnagey says the restrictions on drones and model airplanes have come in response to complaints from park users over privacy and safety concerns.

The proposed ban would apply to all city parks except the Park Blocks downtown.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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