Monday, November 20, 2017


"We Love Our Parks!"
Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coaltion and Reality Check Members Plan Park Clean-Up Event

Elmira- In our area we have many great historical sites, parks, and playgrounds that we can enjoy. Next Friday it is our turn to give back. Each year, volunteers from across New York State participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events the first weekend in May.

Locally, we are celebrating by removing tobacco litter and other waste while also enjoying a local tobacco-free park. Local organizations and programs such as Reality Check, the Chemung County Health Department, Step It Up, and others are partnering in a park clean up to show their appreciation for the beautiful outdoor areas we get to enjoy. The event will be Friday, May 6 from 3:30-4:30pm at Eldridge Park in Elmira.

Reality Check youth members organized the event to bring the community together in appreciation of our beautiful parks, most of which are tobacco-free. This means that children aren’t exposed to harmful secondhand smoke and toxic cigarette butts. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke, so tobacco-free policies are important measures to protect children.

If you know of a park, playground, or business that may benefit from or be interested in a tobacco-free outdoors policy, please contact the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition at 607-737-2858.

Healthy parks mean healthy activities taking place, such as Step It Up, a free community walking program offered in Chemung County that is joining in on the event. Eldridge Park is also participating in The Hunt for the Gold Shoes, so be on the lookout for a gold shoe as a part of the month-long scavenger hunt in parks and walking trails throughout Chemung County. 

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