BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – The Metropolis of Bowling Inexperienced has plans within the works for an “leisure district” downtown.
“Only a pageant sort ambiance downtown to make it enjoyable. It’ll be family-friendly. Individuals, in the event that they selected, they might take an unfinished beverage out of a restaurant or bar, carry it round with them artwork or listening to music and that form of factor. That’s how we wish it to occur,” mentioned Metropolis Supervisor Jeff Meisel.
Most of these leisure districts have been allowed as a consequence of a state legislation enacted in 2016 which allowed municipalities to create Leisure Vacation spot Facilities.
Meisel says different cities, related in measurement and even smaller than Bowling Inexperienced, have created leisure districts. A few of these embody Owensboro, Newport, Covington and Paducah.
“We don’t need folks to suppose that is going to be like a tailgating occasion the place persons are simply sitting round and it’s alcohol and uncontrolled,” Meisel mentioned. “That is going to be an arts and leisure district the place it’s possible you’ll need to have artwork exhibits, artwork galleries open. Stay music taking part in within the park whether or not or not it’s a sole guitarist or a band. Only a pageant sort ambiance downtown to make it enjoyable and it’ll be family-friendly.”
Bowling Inexperienced metropolis commissioners gave the go forward on the trouble to check a neighborhood district at their planning retreat in January of this 12 months.
By establishing a downtown “leisure district,” this may additionally permit the open carry of alcohol in designated out of doors areas at set occasions.
Metropolis Supervisor Jeff Meisel mentioned the town is wanting on the leisure district as a catalyst for financial growth within the downtown space as extra folks lured to downtown will result in a greater surroundings for companies.
Meisel mentioned establishing one thing of this caliber takes quite a lot of planning.
Town nonetheless has to find out the leisure district boundaries can be and whether or not they would have set, common hours or be event-based hours.
Most leisure districts require that alcohol be carried in accredited containers, which might be provided at companies within the district. Meisel mentioned the alcohol would nonetheless should be bought from a enterprise with a state alcohol gross sales license. No exterior alcohol can be allowed to be introduced into the district, Meisel mentioned.
Town can also be within the technique of interviewing for a brand new downtown coordinator place, which might be important in overseeing the leisure district operations. The place will quickly be posted on-line, Meisel mentioned.
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