City of Prescott adds more parks, areas to smoking restrictions

The Prescott Parks and Recreation Department has added Watson Lake, Willow Creek and Heritage parks to the list of public areas where smoking is prohibited outside of closed vehicles.

A smoking ban remains in effect at Goldwater Lake Park.

In addition, parks officials have banned any kind of fires or cooking at Heritage Park.

The heightened fire restrictions at city parks are safety measures to guard against the growing fire danger, said Jim McCasland, Prescott Parks and Recreation director.

Following is a list of fire restrictions now in place in city parks:

• People may use propane stoves or grills at all parks except Heritage and Goldwater.

• Campfires and wood fires are prohibited at all city parks.

• Smoking outside of enclosed vehicles is prohibited at Heritage, Watson Lake, Willow Creek and Goldwater Lake parks.

• All other public and private property within Prescott city limits remains subject to a set of "first-stage" fire restrictions in effect since May 20. Those restrictions allow the use of charcoal propane grilling as long as they are constantly attended and are in an enclosed barbecuing device.

The City of Prescott's first-stage fire restrictions prohibit wood fires of any kind on public and private property and require that smoking materials be discarded in ash-trays.