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Yorktown Approves Alcohol Consumption in Select Parks

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By Rick Pezzullo

The Yorktown Town Board voted last week to create permits that allow residents to consume alcohol in four town parks.

“This does not mean that we can have alcohol in all of our parks. That’s not what we’re looking to do,” Parks Superintendent James Martorano explained.

The town parks where alcohol consumption will be allowed with a valid permit are the Par 3 Golf Course, Railroad Park, Sparkle Lake service building and Downing Park. In addition to a town permit, alcohol sales at the golf course and Railroad Park will require a permit from the New York State Liquor Authority.

“It’s not a blanket authorization for anyone to go in and be allowed to consume alcohol,” said Supervisor Matt Slater. “Especially at Railroad Park, keep in mind that it does require multiple levels of approvals before it’s allowed.”

The alcohol permits at Sparkle Lake and Downing Park will allow people who rent town facilities for birthday parties or other celebrations to serve alcohol to their guests. Alcohol sales at those parks will not be allowed.

“We’re trusting the community to follow the rules and to honor the parks,” said Councilwoman Luciana Haughwout.

A few Tow Board members noted that many residents have asked for permission to serve alcohol at their private parties at Sparkle Lake.

“We have been talking about this for years,” said Councilman Ed Lachterman.

The permitting process will be administered by the Town Clerk’s office.