Title 8 of the Austin Municipal Code lists parkland where a person may not consume alcoholic beverages without a permit. These include, but are not limited to: swimming pools, recreation centers, athletic fields, school district/Austin Parks and Recreation Department shared playgrounds, and nature preserves.
In addition, the Austin Parks and Recreation Director may designate all, or part, of any park, playground, or nature preserve as an area requiring a permit to consume alcohol. In making that decision, the Director may consider the nature and use of the area; the use of surrounding land; the relationship between the area and the surrounding community; problems caused by the use of alcohol in the area; and other factors determined relevant.
The Director has established a working group comprised of members of the Austin Police Department Park Police Unit, Park and Recreation Grounds Maintenance personnel, and Park Rangers. This working group meets quarterly to review pertinent information regarding the designation of parkland requiring a permit for alcohol consumption and makes recommendations to the Director. Title 8 also allows the Parks and Recreation Board to review the Director’s determination and make recommendation to the Director regarding the future designation of the areas in which a person may possess/consume alcohol.
An important element in this review is information from the community regarding issues, comments, and other factors they feel are important to this process. The working group will consider all relevant information and suggested changes, and forward them to the Director for consideration. The e-mail link below will allow citizens to provide comments, suggestions, and information directly to the working group.