Should city allow alcohol in park pavilions?
The debate over local alcohol sales and use may arise again now that a city of Janesville committee has recommended unanimously that residents be allowed to buy alcohol permits for pavilions in three parks.
Some residents will point to our problems with alcoholism and the proliferation of motorists with multiple drunken-driving convictions and say more opportunities to drink are the last thing we need.
Others will compare us to communities that allow more liberal alcohol use in parks and wonder what the holdup is. They’ll point out that drinking at Rotary Gardens, the city-owned golf courses and during Janesville Jets games at the ice arena have produced few if any problems.
Should our alcohol culture be a concern of the city council, or should council members focus first on the best use of city facilities, particularly if it means more rental income because pavilion renters often go elsewhere when they learn alcohol isn’t allowed at Janesville parks?
We’ll share our perspective in our editorial Friday.