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Surveys support tobacco-free parks in Grand Forks

A majority of people in Grand Forks would prefer tobacco-free parks, according to a recently released local study.

Eighty-five percent of adults feel that it is important to have tobacco-free environments in all Grand Forks Park District facilities, according to a survey by the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition.

The Park District requested surveys in April 2013 after the policy change of tobacco-free parks was proposed, said Theresa Knox, nurse at the Grand Forks Public Health Department. “The board felt we needed input from taxpayers before changing the policy,” she said.

And the response was “overwhelming support for tobacco-free parks,” she said, referring a survey of the general public and a survey of park district users.

Eighty-nine percent of Park District users feel that it is important to have a tobacco-free environment in all Park District facilities, according to the survey.

For the general public survey, 618 random people age 18 or older living in Grand Forks were surveyed March 10 through March 24. The Park District users survey consisted of 62 softball team managers and 249 golfers.

The survey results were presented to the Park District Board Tuesday night, but the board took no action, Knox said.

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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