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Iowa City close to allowing alcohol in city park shelters

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A shelter at Court Hill Park on Saturday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Alcohol will likely be allowed in the covered structures of Iowa City parks this summer. The City Council has passed two readings of a new ordinance that would allow that. The third and final reading is scheduled for May 4.

The city looked at several cities of similar size and found they were an outlier in not allowing it. Parks and Rec director Juli Seydell Johnson says people are often surprised when they find out it's not allowed.

"We think it's the right time and people can be responsible and make it happen," Seydell Johnson said.

People will need to reserve park shelters for this to be allowed. Shelter reservations vary in price depending on how long it's for and how many people you have.

Having 12 people for five hours or less is around $20 but having upwards of 100 people can cost over $100. Seydell Johnson says they will address any concerns of people drinking outside the shelters on a complaint basis.

For a full list of shelters and info on how to reserve them, click here.

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Travis Breese

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