Adding beer to a mix of recreational activities that includes a swimming pool, tennis courts and a playground seems on its face to be counterintuitive.

It’s a recipe for trouble – at least that’s what some of the residents who live near Burlington’s Devor Park have told members of a volunteer board that has proposed serving beer (along with soda and food) on an expanded patio adjacent to the Burlington Community Aquatic Center in Devor Park.

However, one area community – Wauwatosa – has discovered just the opposite. A beer garden adjacent to Hoyt Park Pool has been a catalyst that brings families and the community together for picnics, trivia contests and camaraderie. And problems related to alcohol are non-existent, according to officials there.

The Hoyt Park Pool experience is the focus of a special report in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. Copies of the newspaper will be on sale at local retail outlets Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:

  • COUNTY SALES TAX DISCUSSED: Racine County is one of just four counties in Wisconsin that have not adopted a half-cent sales tax increase. Without adoption, according to Department of Revenue estimates, Racine County is missing out on collecting up to $18 million in revenue with 50% of proceeds disbursed to its 17 municipalities.
  • COVID CASES RISE AGAIN: After Racine County held steady for nearly three weeks, health officials have reported a jump in percentage of positive tests for COVID-19, according to a July 27 update. Racine County, which remains in the high risk category, saw its 14-day average of positive test percentage rise from 3 to 6% since July 10.
  • MAN DROWNS ON GENEVA LAKE: A group accompanying a Chicago man watched helplessly as the man began to struggle, slipped below the surface of Geneva Lake and drowned Monday while swimming from a rented pontoon boat, according to an official with the Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Agency.
  • NEW TRIAL ORDERED: A man with Burlington ties who was convicted of killing his brother-in-law in 2016 in Whitewater has been granted a new trial after an appeals court ruled the judge in the case erred in failing to instruct the jury on self-defense.
  • NEW DASH CAMS EYED: The City of Burlington Police Department could have seven new Axon Fleet 2 dash cameras for its fleet under a proposal presented to the Common Council. The Common Council, which will vote on the $67,743 proposal on Aug. 4, discussed the matter at a July 21 Committee of the Whole meeting.
  • WALWORTH FAIR NIXED: Officials with the Walworth County Fair, which was one of few holdouts in the state still planning to host a fair this summer, announced last week the event has been canceled as the threat of COVID-19 grows.
  • FALL SPORTS ARE A GO – FOR NOW: The Southern Lakes region is one step closer to the return of high school sports. In a special meeting July 23, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted 8-3 to bring back fall high school sports.