With a dose of sunshine and warm temperatures in Vancouver this week, it’s safe to say that many people will be making their way to the city’s numerous parks and beaches to soak it all up — and maybe enjoy a drink or two.
However, the Vancouver Police Department is reminding the public to make sure those drinks are non-alcoholic.
And while there have been some recent discussions by Vancouver City Council on changing or updating the policy, the fact remains that it is still officially illegal to consume alcohol on the city’s beaches or in parks.
A violation ticket for consuming liquor in public carries a $230 fine.
In addition to alcohol, fires and smoking are not permitted on beaches or in parks in Vancouver either.
Summer is finally starting to arrive! #VPD officers will be out patrolling Vancouver’s beaches and parks. Please remember, that drinking and smoking is not permitted in these areas. Let’s enjoy the weather and be safe out there! #BeachandParkPatrol🌞
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) June 18, 2020
The VPD said it works with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board to ensure the beaches are safe for everyone. Officers patrol on foot, horseback, ATVs, boats, and bikes.
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In addition, the VPD’s Marine Unit will be on the water throughout the summer, ensuring boaters are safe and following boating regulations by having the necessary equipment onboard, including a personal floatation device for each person on the boat.