Alcohol ban at Winnebago County Forest Preserves stays in place - – Rockford’s News Leader

Alcohol ban at Winnebago County Forest Preserves stays in place

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If you're celebrating on the Kishwaukee River this week, be careful where you bring your boat.

The ban on alcohol at Winnebago County Forest Preserves will stay in place through July 4th. If you're willing to risk it, and launch your boat onto the Kish from Forest Preserve access points, police could be there to check your coolers. Those launch areas are at Espenscheid, Blackhawk Springs, and Kishwaukee River Forest Preserves. Baumann Park in Cherry Valley also voted to ban alcohol in early June. So far, the ban has been a success for the Forest Preserve District Board. Since they put the ban in place, there hasn't been one ticket handed out. The launch areas also have no trash or disorderly conduct problems. Fighting and lewd behavior are what triggered the ban in the first place. Increasing incidents of dangerous and illegal behavior were causing safety concerns back in May.

"Most of the residents and users report that it has been calmer, there have been fewer incidents, and our law enforcement reports the same." -says Marketing and Community Relations Director Jamie Johannsen."

Board members have to discuss if they'll lift the ban anytime soon. It's an issue that might be brought up at the Forest Preserve Commissioner's Meeting July 18th.

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