KILMARNOCK—In June, the Town of Kilmarnock was awarded a grant through the Keep Virginia Beautiful program for a “cigarette litter prevention” program at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.
“We are excited to announce that the program is in full swing at Town Centre Park,” said program coordinator Ashley Jones.
The “Don’t Be a Butt” campaign gives patrons of the park cigarette butt receptacles as an alternative to throwing the butts on the ground. Small signs are attached to the receptacles to instruct visitors where the designated smoking area is, to deposit their cigarette butts and to deter littering, said Jones.
“The park and community hold a small-town charm and we want to uphold this charm for years to come. The goal for this program is to deter littering of cigarette butts and enforce the no smoking rule around children-centered areas of the park,” said mayor Mae Umphlett. “I am super excited about this program not only for the park but in hopes of moving it to Main Street in the near future.”
We appreciate the care and support that our community takes with Town Centre Park,” said Jones. “This program is another way for the community to support litter-free and smoke-free areas of the park.”
The designated smoking area is next to the pavilion at the front of the park, she said. It is clearly marked and is convenient to “Mr. Don’t Be a Butt” receptacles.