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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:11 pm

Parks board to consider allowing alcohol on city golf courses

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Parks Board is considering changes to its policies to allow alcohol consumption on city golf courses.

A proposed policy update introduced Wednesday also would allow alcohol use at Salomon Farm Park and Promenade Park, which is under construction.

A city ordinance prohibits wine, beer and other alcohol from city parks, except in certain areas. The expanded policy could attract visitors and organizations to parks, officials said.

That doesn't mean golfers can tap a keg at the end of a round, however.

Mitch Sheppard, deputy director of community outreach for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the policies would apply only to organized events. The proposed policy says alcoholic beverages would be allowed for private outings, tournaments and leagues only.

Parks Board members will vote on the proposed change at a meeting in June.

If approved, alcohol would be allowed on golf courses and buildings at Foster, Shoaff and McMillen parks.

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