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Does delay on alcohol in parks make sense?

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Greg Peck
January 29, 2013

On Monday, Janesville City Council members seemed inclined to approve a proposal to sell $50 alcohol permits for specific park pavilions. Then Councilman Sam Liebert brought up Wisconsin’s “drinking problem” and suggested checks might help weed out permit seekers who have “red flags” in their backgrounds.

Does this make sense?

For years Janesville has allowed alcohol at its two city-owned golf courses and during events at Rotary Gardens. A few years ago, the city approved beer sales during Jets games at the Janesville Ice Arena. Last year the council agreed to alcohol sales during Janesville Senior Center events and weekend softball tournaments at Dawson Ball Fields.

Last year the leisure services staff surveyed 18 peer cities in Wisconsin and found that all allow beer in parks with various rules. A proposed ordinance change would allow beer and wine at the north and south pavilions in Riverside Park, the warming house and Lions Pavilion in Traxler Park and at Palmer Park’s hilltop pavilion.

Janesville Mobilizing for Change is against the park alcohol permits, suggesting it would send the message to kids that you can’t have fun without drinking.

We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook



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