Events to be held in Bethesda, Rivers Crossing parks

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For the first time, traveling beer gardens are coming to a pair of Waukesha parks this summer.

According to a March 22 Facebook post from Alderman Erik Helgestad, the city's parks, recreation and forestry board approved plans for the beer gardens at its March 20 meeting. The events will be held in August at Rivers Crossing Park, 3703 Rivers Crossing Drive, and Bethesda Park, 560 Dunbar Ave., according a memo from PRF Director Ron Grall.

The beer gardens still require approval from the city's common council, according to the memo.

If approved, this would mark the second straight year the city has launched an outdoor beer garden-type event at a local park. Last year, the city held its first ever Oktoberfest celebration.

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"I know that a lot of people have asked myself and other members of the council about the possibility of having beer gardens in the city parks since the popularity of them have skyrocketed in nearby towns," Helgestad said in an email. "And I was interested in it too.

"Oktoberfest last fall really proved that residents are ready to come out to events like these and support them. These two neighborhood park events then dovetail nicely towards the return of Oktoberfest."

Helgestad said in the post that the city is working with Sprecher Brewery to bring the beer gardens to the city.

"I'm extremely pleased with the support the Waukesha community gave to last year's event at Frame Park and I'm so glad it has grown now to two additional parks, including River's Crossing," said Alderman Aaron Perry, whose district includes that park.

"The feedback I've already received has been overwhelmingly supportive," he continued, "so that is going to make for a fun long weekend!"

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