Longview, TX — One down, 34 to go.
Less than a week after the city council expanded alcohol sales and consumption at one Longview park, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board began Monday what could be an extended process to determine which other parks may be wet.
As Community Services Director Laura Hill put it, “This has the potential to be a complicated process.”
Board Chairman Les Rickett formed an ad-hoc committee of himself and board member Rhonda Bullard that will examine Longview’s nearly three dozen parks and recreation facilities. He asked other board members to submit their suggestions by email to him over the next week, and the ad-hoc committee will examine each park or facility, whether it could accommodate permitted alcohol usage and board members’ concerns.
On Thursday, city council members amended city ordinance to allow alcohol consumption or sales at Heritage Plaza in downtown. Longview Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Advisory Board members requested the change to accommodate events such as weddings, receptions or AlleyFest to allow alcohol with, and only with, prior approval from the City of Longview and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Any event without both permits that has alcoholic beverages will be “shut down” by police, Hill said.
“These are strictly special events where they would go through the whole process,” parks board member Ronnie Rice said.
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