Columbia City Councilwoman Wants to Ban Alcohol in Parks

2 years 7 months 1 week ago June 13, 2014 Jun 13, 2014 Friday, June 13 2014 Friday, June 13, 2014 1:17:00 PM CDT in News
By: Brendan Cullerton, KOMU 8 News
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - Columbia City Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick told KOMU 8 News Friday she wants to limit or ban alcohol consumption in city parks. Missouri leaves public drinking ordinances up to cities to enact. Current Columbia city code only prohibits alcohol on sidewalks, streets, parking lots and a select few parks. The state does prohibit open containers for drivers of vehicles. 

"Our city parks should be a place where the entire community can come together and socialize," Chadwick said. "A place where our families can enjoy healthy outdoor activities. When a public park is perpetually being used for alcohol consumption, I begin to question if our goal is being met."

Some members of the black community say Douglass Park is being unfairly singled out by the council because of the number of black people that go to the park.

"Douglass park was being singled out as the problem park of the city system," Columbia blogger Carl Kenney said. "Her constituents were being very racist and marginalizing them as trouble makers within the park system."

Chadwick said in a statement that her concern is "not specific to Douglass Park," but that "Douglass has my attention because it's my neighborhood park where I go to with my children."

Kenney said race is the single biggest factor behind the movement.

"I think the conversation behind banning Douglass park has always been about the fact that the people who come here are black, and they're stereotyped as being a criminal. They're stereotyped as being an alcoholic, a troublemaker because of that."

Chadwick pointed out that two parks in her ward, Paquin Park and Flat Branch Park, are already alcohol free. The entire city council would have to pass a vote to change the city's park alcohol policy.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A special election to fill a vacant Senate seat for west-central Missouri is scheduled for Aug.... More >>
1 hour ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:24:28 PM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A former suburban St. Louis nurse has been sentence to life in prison for the 2014 shooting... More >>
2 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:45:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The rideshare company Lyft said it will start providing services in Springfield, Missouri. The... More >>
3 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:13:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers again are mulling a plan to cut the number of weeks the state's unemployed... More >>
3 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:07:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's new Republican attorney general said he doesn't intend to live in Jefferson City, despite a... More >>
3 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:46:21 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities said officers shot and killed one man and wounded another after a police chase... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:55:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - In response to a cellphone sale that turned into a shooting Monday night, police shared tips with KOMU... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:35:00 PM CST in News
Jefferson City - Missouri's top judge wants lawmakers to consider changes to how and why people are incarcerated before they... More >>
5 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:25:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Parks and Recreation wants public input on restoration of t he MKT Trail area closed due to... More >>
5 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:18:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a Missouri steel-erection company's workplace safety violations caused the... More >>
5 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:54:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — School administrations would be restricted from censoring student journalists under a bill discussed in a Missouri... More >>
5 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:51:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Senate committee will consider legislation Wednesday to create a prescription drug monitoring program, which would reduce... More >>
5 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:45:00 PM CST in Top Stories
PLATTE CITY (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled that the death of a Missouri woman inside a law enforcement... More >>
7 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:57:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Ameren Missouri's coal-fired power plant near St. Louis violates the... More >>
8 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:14:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge is calling for a review of the way courts hold people... More >>
8 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:10:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, proposed legislation Tuesday that would completely ban abortions in Missouri. According... More >>
8 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:02:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A court testimony reveals that a drug debt to a St. Louis entrepreneur and his associates... More >>
9 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:21:00 AM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis County man who hit himself in the head with frying pans has died after... More >>
9 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:45:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 49°
8pm 49°
9pm 48°
10pm 47°
11pm 47°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
This Is Us
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
This Is Us
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld