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City of Rochester considers changes to alcohol policy at Central Park


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC ) -- The Rochester Park and Recreation Board met Tuesday to discuss a fundamental change to one park located in the heart of the city.

Currently, Rochester's Central Park allows alcohol consumption, but that could change soon.

Interim Director of Parks and Recreation, Michael Nigbur, said the all-day drinking and the sometimes raucous crowds the park attracts have led to area residents feeling unsafe.

According to Nigbur, the park's current alcohol provision can be changed by either a rule by the Park Board or city ordinance.

The new ordinance banning alcohol in the park would carry with it misdemeanor criminal penalties and would need final approval from City Council.


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