- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

SOLON, Iowa (AP) - Opening hours at an Iowa state park beach are being cut following fighting and other rowdy behavior.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said it’s closing the Lake Macbride State Park beach at 6 p.m. instead of the original 10:30 p.m. time. Officials believe alcohol use had contributed to the unruly behavior this month at the Johnson County beach, most of which happened late at night.

Solon City Administrator Cami Rasmussen said she wants the beach to be a safe place for families.

“Basically what I’ve seen - on a personal level - as the day goes on, the later in the day the atmosphere changes, it gets rowdier, it gets louder,” she said.

The time change also is in effect at the Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area beach in Linn County, KCRG-TV (https://bit.ly/1NjhEWb ) reported. Officials reiterate that the early closing time is only for the beach areas in the state parks.

Lake Macbride State Park Ranger Gwen Prentice said park officials are considering adding law enforcement to help supervise the area.

“We have park rangers from other state parks that are going to be coming in and helping out with presence here and enforcement here at the beach, and we are checking into getting some off-duty officers to come in and assist as well,” she said.


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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