Harlingen commissioners approved a new ordinance on Wednesday that would allow the sale and consumption of alcohol at city-sponsored events held at public parks. 

Parks and Recreation Director Javier Mendez said the decision was made after the city had to turn down multiple requests from organizations proposing events at the parks. 

The new ordinance will allow nonprofit organizations certified by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to sell alcohol at Dixieland Park, Victor Park, Pendleton Park, Arroyo Park, Wilson Sports Complex and the Harlingen Soccer Complex. 

“They would have to approach the city to see if they can sponsor or co-sponsor the event,” said Mendez. “They would have to be nonprofit and then the city manager would make the decision.” 

One Harlingen mother said she does not agree with the passing of the ordinance. 

“If they start selling alcohol at the parks it would be a bad example for our children,” said Elvira Palacios. 

An organization looking to sell alcohol at public parks must meet all insurance requirements. 

Mendez assured security and police will be present at all events. 

“We definitely wouldn’t have an event there where kids would be playing baseball or soccer,” he said.