Alcohol

Alcohol beverages are prohibited in all city parks and public grounds, public beaches and parking lots in the city of Port Washington, excepted where noted below.

The possession or consumption of fermented malt beverages and/or wine is allowed during park hours within and upon the following city parks and public grounds at Common Council sanctioned or sponsored events, at Parks and Recreation Board sponsored adult programs or events, and by a gathering of between 1-10 adults of legal drinking age in the following locations:

  • Gilson Park (also known as the Kiwanis shelter)
  • Municipal Softball Field adjacent to Grant Street, but only in conjunction with adult programs or events sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Board
  • Rotary Park
  • Upper Lake Park
  • Veteran's Memorial Park (also known as Lower Lake Park)

For a gathering of more than 10 adults of legal drinking age, a permit must be obtained in order to possess or consume fermented malt beverages and/or wine in the city parks and public grounds listed above. Permits are available from the Port Washington Park & Recreation Department located at 201 N. Webster St., Port Washington.

For a map of City of Port Washington parks, please visit the City Parks Map page.

The Ordinance, In Full:

14.02.030 Possession and Consumption of Alcohol Beverages

  1. Generally Prohibited; Exceptions. Except as provided in subsections 14.02.030 B., C., D. and E., the possession or consumption of fermented malt beverages, intoxicating liquors or wine is prohibited within and upon all city parks and public grounds. Alcohol beverages are prohibited on all public beaches and parking lots in the city.

  2. Allowed; Restrictions. The possession or consumption of fermented malt beverages and/or wine is allowed during park hours within and upon the following city parks and public grounds at Common Council sanctioned or sponsored events, at Parks and Recreation Board sponsored adult programs or events, and by a gathering of between one (1) and ten (10) adults of legal drinking age:

    1. Gilson Park (also known as the Kiwanis shelter).
    2. Municipal Softball Field adjacent to Grant Street, but only in conjunction with adult programs or events sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Board.
    3. Rotary Park
    4. Upper Lake Park
    5. Veteran's Memorial Park (also known as Lower Lake Park)

    For gathering of more than ten (10) adults of legal drinking age, a permit must be obtained in order to possess or consume fermented malt beverages and/or wine in the city parks and public grounds listed hereinabove.

  3. Application and Permit Forms; Issuance; Park Rules. A combination permit for the reservation of the city parks or public grounds listed in subsection 14.02.030 B., or specific portions thereof, and for the possession or consumption of fermented malt beverages and/or wine within and upon such parks or public grounds shall be applied for at and issued by the Park and Recreation Department. A separate permit for the possession or consumption of fermented malt beverages and/or wine only within and upon the parks or public grounds listed in subsection 14.02.030 B. shall be applied for at and issued at the Police Department. All applications shall be made on forms prescribed by the Parks and Recreation Board. All permits shall be issued subject to the terms and conditions specified therein, and shall be further subject to all park rules and regulations governing the use of city parks and public grounds generally. Appropriate signs shall be erected at the entrances to the city parks or public grounds indicating the need for such permit.

  4. Allowed; Neighborhood Block Parties; Restrictions. The possession or consumption of fermented malt beverages and/or wine may be allowed during park hours within and upon city parks and public grounds other than those listed in subsection 14.02.030 B. for the purpose of a neighborhood block party, except in the following parks or public grounds:

    1. All public beaches and parking lots
    2. Birchwood Hills Nature Area
    3. Fisherman's Park
    4. Gatzke Nature Area
    5. Guenther Picnic Area
    6. Oakland Avenue Green
    7. Ozaukee Interurban Trail
    8. Pirate's Hollow Community Water Park
    9. Westside Park

    A person seeking to hold a neighborhood block party shall submit a written request to the Common Council for its consideration and approval prior to such event.

  5. Park Rules. The use of the above-described city parks or public grounds shall be subject to all park rules and regulations governing the use of city parks and public grounds generally.

For more information regarding city ordinances governing this issue, please visit the City of Port Washington Municipal Codes web page.