By KAROLYN GEPHART
The Friendswood Parks and Recreation staff is reviewing the possibility of allowing alcohol to be sold in both Centennial and Stevenson Parks in the city. The department was directed earlier in the summer to review this possibility.
Alcohol sales could attract corporate sponsors to large events which would help offset the budget for the costs of the program. Council held a workshop on the topic at the City Council meeting in September.
Parks staff reported that they had studied the following cities and county who allow the sale of alcohol. The cities include Texas City, Galveston County, Missouri City, Alvin and League City.
A draft policy for Friendswood was presented. In the draft, any groups who would choose to sell alcohol would need to follow strict criteria, including they would have to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, receive City manager approval, provide a TABC permit with servers TABC certified, obtain a Galveston County Health Permit, secure transportation for intoxicated guests, provide details of the event, secure police officers for the event determined by crowd size, pay a deposit and more.
In other council news, Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association (FDFA) has revived the carousel project in Stevenson Park. This project, which consists of an old-fashioned carousel and park amenities with it, had been put on hold due to Hurricane Harvey.
FDFA is pursuing an MOU for cooperative effort between their organization and the city. It would affirm that each entity would cooperate in seeking a unified development of the property.
FDFA report that the expansion of park amenities and offerings at Stevenson Park could broaden the usability of the facility.
Art Friends of Downtown Friendswood voted unanimously to donate a 3D sculpture by Dale Rogers to the Friendswood Animal Control facility. It depicts a dog and a cat and is valued at approximately $5,300.
It was reported to council that the acceptance of the donation would increase public awareness about the facility, attract residents and volunteers to the facility, and enhance the attractiveness of the area.