- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The first Rocktoberfest music and beer festival was approved Monday night at the city of Clovis parks and recreation board meeting, along with forward steps on improving Hillcrest Park and the par-3 golf course.

Young Professionals of Clovis requested that the city parks and recreation board approve their idea to have a music festival from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Hillcrest Park, complete with a separate beer garden for guests to purchase wine, beer and liquor drinks.

Musical guests will include Reputations and Slick Reynolds, YPC representatives said, to ensure a family-friendly event.

The beer garden will be fenced off with security stationed at the beer garden’s only entrance to ensure no alcoholic beverages leave the designated area.

Bartenders will also serve a maximum of six drinks to each adult 21 years or older, and those partaking will wear wristbands to show that they are of legal drinking age.

Presenters from YPC said Kelley’s restaurant has volunteered to serve the beverages, and eight security members from Cannon Air Force Base will be in charge of security at the event.

According to YPC, the event will cost $10 per person. Alcoholic beverages will be purchased separately from entry fees.

The parks and recreational board approved the request with one opposing vote from City Commissioner Gary Elliott.

Next on the agenda was a discussion regarding the new master plan for Clovis parks, initiated by Claire Burroughes.

Burroughes said there are $200,000 left in the park funds designated for ball fields at Hillcrest Park, plus an additional $61,000 that has yet to be designated for any particular use.

When Burroughes mentioned to the board that there was a possible design underway for a disc golf course at the park, discussion broke out as to where it should go.

Mayor Pro-Tem Juan Garza expressed safety concerns if the disc golf course is placed next to the par-3 course. City Commissioner Tom Martin did not understand why safety would be an issue.

“I’m not sure that I fully understand the safety issue when you have two kinds of golf on the same course,” Martin said.

“I think what he’s getting at is you would be putting the disc golf on the same area,” Don Aragon with CYSA said. “If you have holes the same way, people could be playing at the same time; all you’d be doing is moving right along.”

Garza continued explaining the safety issue, saying there is a danger that a player could get hit with a golf ball if the distance wasn’t spread out enough.

Martin then interjected, interrupting Garza. Garza became upset, and left the meeting.

After further discussion, a decision was made to research the possibility of disc golf and par-3 golf courses cohabiting. The board voted unanimously to continue with the design of the disc golf course.

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