Commissioners Approve Beer and Wine Sales
At Select County Parks
In an effort to make specific Henry County facilities more suitable to be rented for weddings and other social functions, as well as large scale community events and concerts, the Henry County Board of Commissioners voted to amend the County Ordinance Chapter 3-13 that refers to Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, regarding the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at three parks within the County. The action came at the December 17 Commission meeting.
The new ordinance allows for the sale of beer and wine only at three County-owned locations, including Nash Farm Park in Hampton, Heritage Park in McDonough, limited to the arena and building facility and the Locust Grove Event Center. Any proposed event that wishes to sell beer or wine would have to be approved by the Henry County Recreation Board and adhere to other conditions, including but not limited to, stipulations that a police officer must be present for the duration of the event at the applicant’s expense and the individual or company responsible for the sale or dispensing of the beer or wine must possess a valid alcohol license from the state of Georgia as well as a valid alcohol license from the city or county where they conduct business.
In related action, the ordinance was also amended prohibiting adults from using recreational facilities that are intended solely for children. Parks and Recreation officials have had numerous complaints of adults using facilities built specifically for children. During the meeting, District I Commissioner Warren Holder used the example of adults using a baseball field designed for children, where balls were being hit onto private property, causing damage, such as broken windows and siding. Officials will erect signage to indicate which facilities are designated only for youth.
According to County Attorney LaTonya Wiley, although signage prohibiting adults from using these amenities already existed, the new amended ordinance now gives police officers the authority to issue citations for violators and bring them to court.
For more information on the Henry County Parks and recreation Department, visit www.hcprd.org.