McCall open for all-ages fun during Fourth of July
McCALL, Idaho (June 15, 2017) — McCall community leaders are seeking to build on last year’s efforts to create a safe and healthy Fourth of July atmosphere. Part of that effort is to eliminate misperceptions about local alcohol restrictions during the Fourth of July. Confusion reigned last year, with some Boise media outlets mistakenly reporting alcohol was banned community wide and North Beach was completely closed, which officials say couldn’t be further from the truth.
“McCall is a great vacation destination to make lifelong memories with your family, but it is also a place where adults can have fun, too,” McCall mayor Jackie Aymon says. “Our goal is always to ensure the safety, health, and enjoyment of McCall’s Fourth of July visitors, and certain city parks are designated as alcohol-free zones. However, this is not a citywide alcohol ban. There are simply restrictions in city beach front parks. We want people to enjoy our beaches and parks in a safe, responsible manner and there is plenty of fun to be had for all ages.”
Like last year, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will not allow alcoholic beverages at Ponderosa State Park or its North Beach unit on Payette Lake from July 1 through July 4; however, both areas will remain open to the public. In addition, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, the enforcing agency on the water of Payette Lake, recently announced it is loosening holiday boating restrictions at North Beach.
North Beach is a prime location for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding with hiking, biking, and rock climbing access nearby. In addition to non-motorized activities, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office will open a 150-foot section of beach to motorized watercraft this Independence Day weekend. North Beach boater access will start where the North Fork of the Payette River flows into Payette Lake and extend 150 feet east. Valley County will also move the buoy line 100 feet closer to shore in line with standard no-wake zones on Payette Lake.
For a list of alcohol-free zones during the Fourth of July holiday, please visit the City of McCall website at mccall.id.us.
The McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is publishing a “10 Days of Fourth of July Fun” guide highlighting events slated for June 30-July 9 to help visitors navigate planned festivities. Available online at VisitMcCall.org and at various locations throughout Valley County, the guide includes sections for family friendly activities and things to do as adults and includes a map identifying where alcohol and parking restrictions will be observed.
“Whether or not you have a family in tow, McCall is a great summer getaway, and Fourth of July is the kickoff to the summer season,” McCall Chamber board president Jay Masterson says. “McCall and the greater Valley County area offer seven days of play all summer long, which means there’s plenty of fun to be had throughout the week — not just during the weekends and holidays.”
Although some Valley County merchants suspect the Fourth of July alcohol restrictions introduced in 2016 had an adverse impact on business, community leaders do not concur. “It’s difficult to tell if misconceptions about the alcohol restrictions had an impact on holiday traffic here, because last year the Fourth of July fell on a Monday,” Masterson says. “Moreover, the numbers say otherwise. Last July was McCall’s best on record in terms of the City of McCall’s local option tax collections and Valley County lodging tax receipts.”
Erin Greaves, email@example.com, 208.634.8966
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