Boardwalk Park changes coming to curb gang activity
March 15, 2013
An increased police presence and tighter rules will kick in this spring in an effort to curb an apparent rise in gang activity in the Windsor’s downtown gem, Boardwalk Park.
The town board on Monday gave the unofficial nod for a series of measures that police say will curb delinquency at the park. The “strategic processes” to ensure safety and rule compliance include heightened Windsor, sheriff and Greeley police presences during peak times. Additional training will ensure park staff knows how to best educate the public of new rules — partially through a park ambassador program.
Absent from the recommendations — at least in this go-around — was a previously divisive beer ban proposal. As of Monday, 3.2 percent beer would still be allowed in the park. Additional special event liquor licenses can still be sought on a case-by-case basis.
The board agreed to wait and see how well other changes addressed the matter before enacting more sweeping rules.
Members also backed off a previous idea from December to construct a chain link fence along more than 600 feet of the popular swim beach. Beach monitoring and fees were also waived off as unnecessary burdens and costs to what many consider the summer pinnacle of Windsor.
Grills will also be limited in size and type, and town staff is expected to draft the proposed changes for an upcoming meeting and formal adoption ahead of the busy summer months.