Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2017

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106 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 1 0 Blowing Smoke There's a new ordinance in town. Starting March 1, Dallas smokers will be asked to put out their cigarettes while in the park. "Smell flowers, not smoke" signs have been installed throughout the city parks to make people aware of the new prohibition. Dallas Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the ordinance for health reasons and more particularly to reduce cigarette butt littering. The America for Nonsmokers' Rights group estimates that 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts worldwide wind up as toxic trash each year. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable. The city is not looking to fine violators, at least not right away. The city is hoping to get voluntary compliance. The new ordinance is not a blanket ban on outdoor city spaces, as people can still smoke at city golf courses, at the Dallas Arboretum and on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas. Dallas, as a major city, has been slow to come to the no smoking party. New York City instituted smoke free parks in May 23, 2011. Forty-seven Texas cities have already ban smoking in parks. To see what municipalities have smoke free parks, go to www.no-smoke.org/pdf/ SmokefreeParks.pdf Oh Give Me a Home Montana Republican Rep. Kerry White has introduced a bill (HB 454) to move Montana State Parks from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) to the Montana Department of Commerce (MDC). Both FWP and MDC oppose such a move. White's reasoning is that such a move would increase financial support for state parks. While Montanans have been told that the finances of Montana State Parks (MSP) are in dire straits, it was just revealed that MSP has $11.2 sitting in the bank ( https://tinyurl.com/jqohucn) . Chip off the Ol' Block The Florida based Blocks Sports developing company has filed a proposal with Casa Grande, Arizona to bring a 1,500-acre "world class entertainment" amusement park to the city. It's called "Dreamport" and reportedly would take 7-10 years to complete and cost up to $4 billion. The project, which went before the Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission on March 2, proposes to include: an Extreme Sports Park with "exotic car" driving experiences, Go-Kart tracks, zip lines, rock climbing, 12-acre lake with water taxis and wakeboard cable system; indoor water park; 300-room resort hotel; animal-themed amusement park; 420,000-sq. ft. of restaurant, retail and office space; and a convention center and RV park.

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