Register Now

Policy on Designation of Non-Alcohol Parks (PR 20.01.06)


FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION


Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to formalize the criteria to be used by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Parks and Recreation Commission in the selection and designation of Fairbanks North Star Borough parks to be posted “No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed” in accordance with FNSBC 9.04.030
 
WHEREAS:
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly adopted Ordinance 91-047 on October 24, 1991, and
 
WHEREAS:
A purpose of Ordinance 91-047 was to insure safe recreation facilities for the general health, welfare and enjoyment of youth in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and
 
WHEREAS:
Ordinance 91-047 recognized that the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in borough parks has hampered the ability of youth to enjoy these facilities, and
 
WHEREAS:
Ordinance 91-047, subsequently codified as FNSBC 9.4.030, specified that borough parks to be posted “No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed” would be determined by the Borough Parks and Recreation Department in consultation with the Parks and Recreation Commission, and
 
WHEREAS:
It is appropriate to establish criteria that is uniform, consistent and in the best interest of the community for the selection of those parks to be so designated.
 
NOW THEREFORE:
The following policy is effective upon acceptance by the Parks and Recreation Commission.
 
POLICY:
Parks and Recreation facilities that meet one or more of the following criteria may, at the discretion of the Parks and Recreation Department, in consultation with the Parks and Recreation Commission, be posted “No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed” as prescribed in FNSBC 9.04.030.
 
  1. Park facilities constructed and maintained primarily for youth athletic activities.

  2. Park facilities constructed and maintained primarily for use and enjoyment by youth of the community as evidenced by the presence of playground equipment such as, but not limited to, swings, see-saws, slides, and composite play structures.

  3. Park facilities within the “Downtown Area” described in City of Fairbanks Code of Ordinances Sec. 14-176.

  4. Park facilities where the possession and consumption of alcohol has hampered the ability of youth to enjoy them.  Such determination shall be based on:

    a. More than two documented complaints of law enforcement officials within a thirty (30) day period regarding alcohol related nuisance activity such as drinking in public, harassment, intimidation, public indecency, urinating in public or disturbing the peace.

    b. Receipt of a petition signed by a minimum of fifty-one percent (51%) of the residents living within five-hundred foot (500’) radius of the park, indicating their desire that the park be signed “No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed” because recurring activities in 4a. above are hampering the ability of youth in the community to utilize and enjoy the facility.

  5. A master list of parks currently designated “No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed” will be maintained in the Parks and Recreation Department Policies and Procedures book as an attachment to this policy.

  6. The Parks and Recreation Commission will review the master list of parks designated “No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed”  annually and make recommendations for retention, deletion or addition of parks to the list based on the criteria in paragraphs 1-4 above.  Record of the annual review will be maintained in the official minutes of the Parks and Recreation Commission.