WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — There’s a plan on tap for some new attractions at Kennywood Park.
Not just a new thrill ride, but something specifically for the 21 and over crowd. For the first time since 1898, the historic amusement park plans to sell beer.
“I think it’s a good idea,” John Rezes, a park-goer, said. “I like beer.”
Some people do have reservations.
“It would be nice to go to Kennywood and have a beer, but I just don’t think it’s right for that type of environment,” Alex Meneely said.
If the state liquor control board gives the go-ahead, beer would be sold and consumed in a fenced “beer garden” near the lagoon.
“And it’s important to note that all the beer sold and consumed at Kennywood will happen in this particular area, so it’s by no means the entire park and it’s not all around the park,” Kennywood spokesman Jeff Filicko told KDKA’s Kym Gable.
Sales would likely start in late June. Beer sales have been one of the most common guest requests over the years.
“People have asked us for it and we can do it in a responsible manner that offers our guests beer to enjoy responsibly, but also maintains that atmosphere of family fun that people come to expect from Kennywood,” Filicko said.
The parent company of Kennywood already has a license to sell beer at Sandcastle and for a special annual event at Idlewild.
They’re calling this summer at Kennywood a trial run for beer sales.