Friday, September 21, 2018

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Randall Park block party set for Thursday afternoon

UW-Eau Claire’s Student Senate has planned a block party with the Randall Park Neighborhood Association from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Randall Park.

The Student Senate hopes the event will provide community members, campus employees and students a chance to get to know one another. It will feature free food, music and games. 

The block party comes after the Eau Claire City Council attempted in March to update a 1953 public good order ordinance intending to reduce problems caused by excessively drunken people in neighborhoods, which met resistance from UW-Eau Claire students. Many were upset they weren’t included in a conversation about updating a section of the ordinance that would affect the Randall Park neighborhood, which houses many students. 

Since then, a task force has formed among City Council members, neighborhood associations, UW-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College students to come up with a reasonable solution that will address all members’ needs. The task force has met six times.

On Aug. 8, the Leader-Telegram reported the task force planned to bring proposed changes to the ordinance back to neighborhood businesses and organizations before the ordinance goes back to the City Council for discussion this fall. 

Randall Park covers one city block in the lower west side neighborhood north of Water Street. It is bordered by Third Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Broadway Street and Niagara Street.

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