DOWNERS GROVE – Golfers at the Downers Grove Golf Club can smoke or vape on the course but not elsewhere at the facility under new smoking restrictions approved by the Downers Grove Park District Board of Commissioners.
Commissioners unanimously approved the new smoking ban at their April 19 meeting.
While golfers can continue to use tobacco on the 18-hole course, it is prohibited in the club house, patio, driving range, parking lot, maintenance facilities and cart storage area. Previously, smoking only was prohibited in the clubhouse.
The new ban does not include the golf course because some golfers who are non-smokers do smoke cigars while playing, Park District officials have said.
"I think the ban was reflective of the community," said Bill McAdam, Park District executive director.
The majority of the 245 residents who participated in a district survey, 76 percent, supported the smoking policy changes.
McAdam added the restrictions comply with the district's promotion of a healthy lifestyle and open parks.
The policy also prohibits tobacco use, smoking and vaping at indoor facilities, playgrounds, athletic fields, field spectator areas and the Doerhoefer Park synthetic field.
Additionally, smoking is banned at Lyman Woods and the Belmont Prairie because they are nature preserves and there is a fire risk, McAdam said.
The new regulations also prohibit smoking at Fishel Park during events and Miner Mike’s Mini Golf. He said the district has received complaints in the past about smoking during Fishel Park concerts.
However, smoking is permitted in the parks when no event is occurring. Smoking also is allowed at private events held at Park District picnic shelters, McAdam said.
"There was real effort on the part of the board to balance that," he said.
Residents are asked to call the Park District or Downers Grove police to report violations of the regulations, McAdam said.