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The event, being held Saturday, April 17, will coincide with the People Powered Pickup Parade. That event, being organized by the Earth Day Committee, will encourage people start walking from their homes to the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market on Durkee Street, picking up cigarette butts and other trash in their neighborhoods along the way.

The clean-up is currently planned for 11 a.m., with people expected to arrive at the pavilion by 12 p.m., along with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh students.

Currently, the city's tobacco-free policy is self-enforcing, with signs to be erected to let the public know.

"Often people will simply comply because now they understand that this is a tobacco-free area," said Derusha. "Sometimes, it will empower people to say something if they see someone using those tobacco products where they shouldn't be."

In addition to the City Beach, the parks include Melissa L. Penfield Park, Peter S. Blumette Park, South Acres Park, South Platt Park, Belmont Park, Broadway Park, Tremblay Park, Champlain Park, MacDonough Park, Jay Park, Hamilton Park, Base Marina, Fort Scott Park, U.S. Oval, Lakeview Park, Trinity Park and Fort Brown Park.

In May 2008, the town of Plattsburgh adopted similar legislation for 10 parks and two beaches in the town, outside the city of Plattsburgh.

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