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Austin Parks and Recreation board considers rules for alcohol sales at parks

The board wants the Austin City Council to provide guidance on sales.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Parks and Recreation board voted to recommend new guidelines for sales in parks.

According to a recommendation, the board wants Austin City Council to give the Parks and Recreation Department direction on alcohol sales through an updated city code. Currently, vendors want conditional use permits that would authorize permanent alcohol sales, but the Parks and Recreation Department has no counsel "on the proper restrictions or considerations for permanent alcohol sales on public park property."

The recommendation goes on to say that alcohol sales could be dangerous when located near children's areas or bodies of water. It also says more Parks and Recreation and Austin Police Department staff may be necessary if alcohol sales are allowed.

In May, the Parks and Recreation Department discussed allowing alcohol consumption and sales with conditional use permits in certain areas of Republic Square.


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