Overnight parking, Washington Square Park drinking ordinances get thumbs up from city council
By Jalen Maki
Tomahawk Leader Editor
TOMAHAWK – A pair of ordinances addressing overnight parking in city parks and alcohol consumption in Washington Square Park received final approval from the City of Tomahawk Common Council on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
The city’s Park and Recreations Committee gave the ordinances the green light in June. Last month, the ordinances were introduced at the council level.
A public hearing regarding the ordinances was held during the council’s meeting this week.
Overnight parking in city parks
The council signed off on an ordinance that prohibits overnight parking in city parks, with some exceptions.
Under the ordinance, parking in city parks will not be allowed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. During the June Park and Recreations Committee meeting, Clerk/Treasurer Amanda Bartz noted that 10 p.m. is when the city’s parks close, and 5 a.m. roughly coincides with the city’s snow removal.
Exceptions are made for designated areas at the SARA Park campground, with payment of the user fee, as well as the SARA Park, Kwahamot and Bradley boat landings, with a valid seasonal or day pass properly displayed. An exemption is also made for instances in which prior approval from the city was received.
Alcohol consumption in Washington Square Park
The council also gave the thumbs up to an ordinance that bans alcohol consumption in Washington Square Park.
During the public hearing, two members of the public spoke in favor of the ordinance, expressing their support for at least one park in the City of Tomahawk disallowing drinking.
Bartz noted during the Park and Recreations Committee meeting in June that such an ordinance had received backing on social media.
Waivers may be obtained from the city to allow alcohol consumption during events held in the park, according to the ordinance.