Kalispell councilors examine alcohol ban on city property


KALISPELL, Mont. - Kalispell city council is trying to hammer out whether beer or wine permits should be allowed during special events at public places. The events would be in popular city parks like Woodland, Depot, and Lawrence Parks. Supports point to the recent Craft Brewers Cup Challenge and Brewfest. Organizers said it was so successful they want to do it again next year.

At a work session Monday night, council members discussed whether to limit drinking to special fenced off areas, or require wristbands. While no decisions have been made yet, drinking on city property came with mixed feelings from some folks who like to recreate in some of Kalispell's most popular parks.

"Public parks are public, you shouldn't have to get a permit to drink there," said Columbia Falls resident Britney. "If you want to drink, drink at home."

We checked other policies in the state - In Missoula, folks can purchase a beer and wine permit for use at a few parks around the city, but that requires a $200 deposit to do so.

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