Permits will allow alcohol consumption in city parks

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SANDRA M STANWAY
Brooks Bulletin

The public will be allowed to bring and consume alcohol at Veterans Centennial Park on June 13 during the Brooks food trucks event.
Last Monday city council approved its consumption based on the success of the popular food and drink festivities around May’s HockeyFest.
Under the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act reasonable and responsible alcohol consumption can be permitted by a municipality.
Matt Hill, representing the Brooks Food Trucks, said they worked with the city and the AGLC on the project.
“We know that attendees will enjoy this perk in a responsible reasonable way and we think it is excellent that our city council permitted this,” he said.
While anyone may be asked to leave due to impairment, councillor Joel Goodnough wondered if the city would be held liable based on the proposed wording of signage.
“I know if a person is intoxicated and causing a disruption inside a licenced facility, like a bar, they do get kicked out,” said Lisa Tiffin, the city’s manager of community development.
“I don’t know necessarily if we would want to just throw somebody on the street from a public event so that might be something we would have to look at.”
“We’re hoping at this point we’re doing public consumption and not looking at public intoxication.”