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On May 19, Salida City Council denied ordinance 2020-09 that would amend chapter 10 and 11 of the Salida municipal code concerning the “Alcohol in the Parks” consumption of alcoholic beverages in city parks.

Centennial Park. Photo courtesy of City of Salida Recreation.

The ordinance, which was on the agenda for second reading, was drafted in order for restaurants and bars, who have been struggling from COVID-19 impacts, to be allowed to sell alcohol for consumption in Riverside and Centennial parks. This was in response to the current state-issued relaxed directives related to social distancing and the slow reopening of Colorado’s economy as the pandemic has slowly been brought under control.

The ordinance was denied due to a large outpouring of citizen concern. During the public hearing most touched on a concern for Salida’s youth and the impacts the ordinance would have on local youth.

Surprisingly no local restaurants or bars called into the public hearing to express their support or opposition to the ordinance.

To watch the City Council meeting click here.