Starting Aug 3 – No Smoking and New Dog Rules for Gaithersburg Parks
The City of Gaithersburg have new park regulations starting August 3. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is now prohibited within a 25 foot radius of playgrounds. Additionally, the Dog Exercise Area at Green Park will only be available to city residents with licensed dogs. Fines for violating new regulations are $100.
The Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council adopted new regulations affecting park users on July 13 to amend the “Parks & Other Properties” Chapter of the City Code (15A), which was last updated in 2001.
Among the adopted changes which take effect August 3 are:
- In city parks, the use of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) will, in most cases, no longer be allowed within a 25-foot radius of a playground; the only exception to the 25-foot rule will be smaller parks such as Constitution Gardens. Maps denoting the “no smoking” areas in all city parks are available under the Related Documents section.
- The Dog Exercise Area at Green Park will be available to city residents with licensed dogs only; nonresidents are encouraged to use other facilities within the County. Those nonresidents whose annual memberships have not yet expired will be allowed to use the park until their expiration date.
- Unless otherwise designated, sledding, tobogganing, snowboarding, and skiing are now permitted in city parks. Snowmobiling continues to be prohibited.
- Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided by the city for that purpose; cooking on charcoal grills or stoves using gas or other liquid fuels are allowed, but only in designated picnic areas.
- Launching, operating and/or landing rockets are not permitted without prior approval.
- Language was added to allow parks to be closed and evacuated in emergency situations.
For more information contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture.