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ArlingtonSpecial-events booze to be allowed in more local parks

Special-events booze to be allowed in more local parks

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Arlington County Board members on Jan. 21 added two additional local parks – Penrose Square and Long Bridge Park – to those where alcohol can be sold and consumed during special events.

Such temporary sales already had been allowed for events at Fort C.F. Smith Park, Gateway Park and Clarendon Central Park, if approved by a county-government committee that oversees the issuance of special-event permits.

“The committee typically considers the size, time, duration, staffing levels and type of alcohol being served,” said Ryan Delaney of the Department of Parks and Recreation in a memo to County Board members. That process would not change if the additional parks were brought into it, he said.

An effort by county officials to gauge the community’s view on the matter “indicated split support and opposition” for the proposed changes, Delaney said.

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Despite that, no one turned up to speak on the topic, and the change was approved as part of the County Board’s “consent agenda” of relatively routine items.

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