Canadians can drink alcohol in 22 parks in Vancouver this summer
Canadians will be able to enjoy alcoholic drinks with friends and family members in 22 Vancouver parks during the summer.
A draft by-law, which supports the 2022 Alcohol in Parks Pilot program, designates areas in 22 of Vancouver’s most popular parks where the consumption of alcohol will be allowed between the hours of 11am and 9pm daily, between 3 June and 16 October.
Since last year’s initial pilot, this year’s plan aims to simplify and clarify where people can drink within the parks and make clear the designated areas.
For the majority of parks included in the pilot, the drinking of alcohol will be permitted throughout, except in areas like playgrounds, sports fields, beaches, community centres, ecologically sensitive natural areas, and off-leash dog areas.
Maps of where alcohol can and cannot be consumed will be shown on signage posted at each location.
The 22 parks involved include: Collingwood Park; David Lam Park; Fraser River Park; Granville Park; Harbour Green Park; John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park; Kitsilano Beach Park / Hadden Park; Langara Park; Locarno Beach Park; Maple Grove Park; Memorial South Park; Memorial West Park; New Brighton Park; Pandora Park; Queen Elizabeth Park; Quilchena Park; Riverfront Park (West); Robson Park; Rupert Park; Stanley Park (Southwest); Vanier Park; Volunteer Park.
Due to the size of Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park, the designated areas in each park are due to be only located in a portion of the park.
The 22 parks have been selected as they include amenities such as washrooms and proximity to other services to ensure that parks remain well maintained and tidy. Visitors are encouraged to drink responsibly and respect other park users.
Following the 2022 pilot, a plan for how to proceed with alcohol consumption in parks will be drawn up. The pilot will also involve staff, including park rangers and park operations teams working with the Vancouver Police Department and the regional health authority to ensure each site is safe, properly managed, and well-maintained.