I know it's legal but do you have to light up here?
What a beautiful day in Janesville. A perfect day for our family to take a bike ride and a stop at several parks. First stop on the trail was Palmer Park. The kids jumped off their bikes and headed toward Camden Playground. I followed a few steps behind. Unfortunately, we had to run through a cloud of cigarette smoke to get to the swings and slides. Yuck. Mom and Dad were pushing their kids on the swings with matching cigarettes dangling from their lips.
I know it's legal, but can you do those that don't smoke (including children) a favor and take your death sticks away from the middle of the playground? They really bug the majority enjoying the day.
Next stop on the trail was Riverside Park. The sun was intense, the playground and park were pristine, yet the smoke was still in the air. Two more parents were sitting in the middle of the playground just puffing away. I'm sorry but that's just gross. To top if off, they used the sand as a giant ash tray.
The last stop on our Janesville trail journey was Peace Park. The third time wasn't a charm. Still a handful of people smoking in the middle of the park. Why is it so important to light a cigarette on the playground?
Again, I realize it's legal to smoke. But seriously, is a playground the proper place to light up? In my opinion - NO!
Steve Knox was born, raised and landed back in Janesville. He encourages you to participate as he writes on Janesville and beyond as this Generation X guy supports his Janesville mission, global vision. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.