Starting Aug 3 – No Smoking and New Dog Rules for Gaithersburg Parks

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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.

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About Cindy Peña

Cindy is a freelance multi-media journalist with MCM and grew up in Montgomery County.


One Response to “Starting Aug 3 – No Smoking and New Dog Rules for Gaithersburg Parks”

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