Gainesville's City Council votes Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking at any park, sports complex or recreation facility owned or operated by the city.

If approved, the ordinance would go into effect immediately.

The advisory board for Gainesville's Parks and Recreation Department has recommended that smoking be restricted in city recreation areas.

Parks director Melvin Cooper says there have been many complaints from residents, including some from the city school system, about smoking.

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