Let people drink beer in parks

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Alcohol consumption barred  in yet another park in Madison this summer. This time the victim was Lake Edge Park.

Isn’t drinking a beer on the edge of a lake what summer in Wisconsin is supposed to be all about? Do we have to build terraces so that people can drink while taking in that sweet smell of algae? Granted, Lake Edge Park isn’t actually on a lake, but I see quite a few barbecues over at James Madison Park, which is on Mendota, and it would be a real shame if those were threatened by future restrictions.

I contacted Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, who sits on the Alcohol Use in Parks and Central City Committee. According to Bidar-Sielaff, she was appointed to the committee in 2004 as a citizen rep but the body has never actually met, which suggests that it’s useless, considering that the city has gone forward with booze bans in parks anyway.

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4 Responses to “Let people drink beer in parks”

  1. BK Says:

    I live near Brittingham Park, on Monona Bay where Park Street meets W. Washington. Before the booze ban on this park, the bums sat around getting wasted all day and made an complete mess of the place. They harrassed bikers and other park patrons. Now it is a decent place to hang out.

  2. KB Says:

    I’ve always been miffed by the face that you can’t drink in James Madison Park, considering its relatively small size (easy to monitor) and location downtown. I suppose bums are ultimately the problem.

  3. The Sconz Says:

    Yes, that is the elephant in the room.

  4. Emily Says:

    That and all those damn actual elephants. They NEVER clean up after themselves.

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