Legislative panel hears testimony on plan for alcohol sales at some state parks

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FRANKFORT  -- Plans to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at some state parks were presented to lawmakers during today’s meeting of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee.

The state has applied for liquor licenses at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg and Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz, and at golf courses at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown and John James Audubon Park in Henderson.

A year-long review of the parks system commissioned in 2009 noted that alcohol sales at some parks could improve meeting bookings, overall volume of business, and support for special events and golf operations.

Increased revenue from alcohol sales is 8-25 percent in the business sector, but park officials said they have no data that says where the parks might fall into that range.

Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer told lawmakers that all park employees who serve alcoholic beverages will be required to undergo training regarding alcohol regulations.