Last week the
This came as welcome news to anyone who has had occasion to visit the park in the last few years – unless of course they were one of those unruly louts who made the place inhospitable for the sober.
Only four miles out of town Redmond,
Unfortunately, what makes it great is also its downfall.
Its proximity and remoteness, and lack of park staff presence, has encouraged a seedier element than is preferable for most folks. Kids skulk into the viewpoint (we all call it a park – not sure what the state sees as the difference) to party and adults who ought to know better hook up with friends for loud obnoxious barbecues and river floats.
Most likely it isn’t so much the alcohol – people over 21 are allowed to drink in Redmond parks provided they are not in a group of more than 10 – that causes the trouble but mixing alcohol with the lack of accountability that comes with a remote location.
Of late many families don’t enjoy
What was once a bucolic park for summertime relaxation has become crowded and unpleasant. The alcohol ban, however, will only be as good as its enforcement. We can only hope the sheriff’s office will be increasing its patrols to ensure compliance.
It may not be enough, regardless.