Banning booze in The Woodlands?

August 1, 2008 3:48:22 PM PDT
A recent attack at a park in The Woodlands has community leaders looking at ways to make the parks safer for everyone. One of those ways may be to regulate how alcohol is used at area parks. Rhonda and Danny Smith love spending time with their granddaughter at Northshore Park in The Woodlands.

"The parks are one of the major attributes of the Woodlands," said Rhonda. "They keep them clean, safe, family oriented."

Yet families aren't the only ones attracted to the natural beauty, as some park goers have witnessed first-hand.

"Every Sunday, people would come over here and stuff and drink and they would tear up our park," said a 15-year-old with whom we spoke.

In fact, alcohol may have played a role in a recent stabbing at Sawmill Park. While the abuse of alcoholic beverages or intoxicated behavior is prohibited at area parks...

"The board wants to take a look at this issue in general," said Jeff Long, president of The Woodlands Community Association.

In addition to adding more signage and stepping up patrols, Long says more action may be needed.

"We're going to take a detailed look at the aspects of this case and what was involved and what we can do to make it safe because we want all of our residents to feel like they can go to any park at any time with their kids, with their families and feel 100 percent safe," he said.

That could lead to a tightening of the rules where alcohol is concerned. That's OK with the Smiths.

"There's just a lot of people that don't have the common sense on how much to drink," said Rhonda. "They may not be supervised. I think it would be a good idea."

This story was brought to you through our partnership with Houston Community Newspapers. You can read more about it in The Woodlands Villager.

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