The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Twin Lakes Golf Course. The meeting, slated for the Oaks Room, provides an opportunity to gather public comment on expanding the permitting of alcohol on county parkland. Twin Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 6201 Union Mill Road Clifton, VA.
In light of an increasing number of requests for alcohol use at park facilities, the Park Authority conducted an internal study that began in September 2016. The study included benchmarking other organization’s experiences as well as the review of current practices, recent requests for alcohol permits, and the potential impact of an expanded alcohol permitting process in local parks. The study gathered input from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Fairfax County Police Department, the county’s Risk Management Division and the Office of the County Attorney.
The Park Authority has allowed limited alcohol sales at private events and golf courses since the mid-1970s. Since then, alcohol-related services have become an industry standard practice that has enhanced services available to the public for weddings, special events and family reunions.
The FCPA is formalizing a public policy that would clarify rules and guidelines for alcohol use in parks and would protect park visitors at events that would involve serving alcoholic beverages on park property. Following the public meeting and a 30-day public comment period, a policy proposal will be presented to the Fairfax County Park Board for consideration.