Council rebuffs alcohol in parks
Posted: 09/05/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Nick Wesman
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In this 2011 file photograph Dwight Kellams, looks over the map for the 100 mile ride 6/18/2011 at the start of the Pumpkinvine ride at Abshire Park in Goshen. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
In this 2009 file photograph six-year-old Zachary Clark holds his transformer toy as he glides down the slide at Shanklin Park's Tommy's Kids' Castle as he spent the day with his family Friday, July 3, 2009. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
A Saturday afternoon soccer match at Pringle Park is pictured in this 2005 file photograph. The city of Goshen is considering allowing the consumption of alcohol in parks on a limited basis. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Though only rented facilities would have fallen under the amended ordinance, concerns over safety, enforcement and the community’s values were repeatedly brought up, and in the end, the amendment garnered no support from the council.
Resident Glenn Null was one person who had trouble picturing how the city would oversee rentals with alcohol. “I see an enforcement problem more than anything,” he said. “There’s a time and a place for alcohol and I don’t think this is the time or the place.”
Several people also said they believed drinking and driving from the parks would be a serious concern
“We’ve got incredibly beautiful parks,” added Mark Huser. “I don’t see how alcohol would enhance that.”
The proposal got little support from the council during its deliberation as well.
Councilwoman Julia Gautsche said that although she realized the city needs to find new revenues, she believed that whatever the city brought in through allowing alcohol in parks would not be worth the potential for problems.
Councilman Jeremy Stutsman applauded Mayor Allan Kauffman for thinking “outside the box” in recommending the change to the Parks and Recreation Board, but said that he, too, could not support the new ordinance.
“Parks belong to the citizens,” councilwoman Dixie Robinson reminded the council. If the majority of residents were opposed to the amendment, she said, the council should not allow it to pass.