Leaders in Boulder County are scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to approve proposed new regulations for its parks and open spaces.

The new rules would prohibit smoking, including marijuana, and the consumption of marijuana foods and edibles in all county-managed parks and open spaces, like the popular Betasso Preserve. Also under consideration is a proposal to prohibit visitors from leaving pets inside cars at trail heads and parking lots during extreme temperatures.

The move to keep pets out of hot or cold cars is somewhat unprecedented, according to Bevin Carithers, Department Resource Supervisor for the Boulder County Parks and Open Space. If approved, Boulder County would have one of the first park systems in the U.S. that placed restrictions on such activity.

Carithers says complaints about dogs locked inside hot cars arise frequently during summer months at open space areas like Hall Ranch, west of Lyons, where pets are not permitted on trails.

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