People consuming alcohol in parks, river despite ban

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — One year after deputies increased their alcohol enforcement along the Clackamas River where alcohol is banned in the parks and on the river, many people can still be found breaking the law.

Last year, Clackamas County began to allow deputies to search coolers to crackdown on people bringing alcohol into the parks and onto the river, where it is illegal to consume alcohol after numerous complaints about trash and rowdy behavior.

A trash can in Carver Park filled with empty beer cases and bottles despite a ban on alcohol there, May 1, 2014. (KOIN 6)
A trash can in Carver Park filled with empty beer cases and bottles despite a ban on alcohol there, May 1, 2014. (KOIN 6)

However, many people were found with drinks in hand at Carver Park Thursday evening, but those against the ban argued that at least the bottles are now being thrown away and not littered.

Clackamas County released a video, claiming the alcohol ban is working.

“The moment the ban went into effect, everything dropped off. Families [are] on river again,” said Kris Tabor, who lives near the river, in the video.

Sgt. Nate Thompson with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said he is not surprised by the alcohol use at Carver Park. T

Thompson said the deputy park patrols do not go into effect until summer, adding that parks are still patrolled throughout the year, just not as often.

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