Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #225
ORDER ADOPTED
Oct 1, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to work with the Department of Human Service Programs, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Public Health to identify ways to raise awareness about the prevalence of food allergies and decrease the level of risk posed by food remnants left in public parks and playgrounds.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The City’s public parks are a valuable resource for all Cambridge families, especially those who do not have access to private outdoor spaces where children can play; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

It is of paramount importance to preserve the ability of all children in the City to safely share play areas and playground equipment in public parks; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the prevalence of food allergies among children has increased in the past 20 years by at least 50 percent, and that 1 in every 13 children is now affected by food allergies; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Residents have expressed concern that food remnants that could cause a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction are routinely found on, underneath and around play structures in Cambridge public parks; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Department of Human Service Programs, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Public Health to identify ways to raise awareness about the prevalence of food allergies and decrease the level of risk posed by food remnants left in public parks and playgrounds, and report back to the City Council on this issue.

 

Meeting History

Oct 1, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED