Vancouverites will get to enjoy drinks at more Vancouver parks and beaches than ever before.
On Monday, April 25, 2023, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation voted to approve amendments to the by-law permitting alcohol consumption in some City parks.
Starting on June 1, 2023, you’ll be able to bring your own booze and drink it, too, at 31 permanent year-round park locations across Vancouver.
And, there will be an additional 16 parks that will become permanent summer-only sites from July 1 to August 31 each year.
New for 2023, there will be seven beaches where you can enjoy an adult beverage between June 1 and September 4, 2023, as a pilot project.
Park Board Chair Scott Jensen said in a release that they’re happy to bring more options to the City after two successful years of piloting outdoor drinking projects.
“Our previous pilot programs demonstrated the importance of creating shared spaces for socializing and we saw how effectively Vancouver’s parks and beaches can accommodate safe drinking,” he said.
Drinking is not permitted in areas like sports fields, courts, playgrounds, and more, but maps of where you can drink are available online from the City, and at each park, there will be signage installed so you know where you can crack open a cold one.
Before you go to the liquor store, keep these in mind:
- no glass beverage bottles or containers are permitted at parks and beaches
- you can drink between the hours of 11 am to 9 pm daily
- all park and beach users should act responsibly when drinking alcohol
- park rangers and operations staff will be monitoring beach pilot sites
Vancouver parks where you can drink year-round
Vancouver parks where you can drink in July and August only
Pilot project Vancouver beaches where you can drink this summer
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With files from Daily Hive Staff