As of Monday morning, public alcohol consumption will be legal at a select number of parks and public spaces in North Vancouver.
A bylaw was passed by the mayor and City Council in early June. The City of North Vancouver says it’s the first jurisdiction in British Columbia to pass such a bylaw.
“This summer, I want our parks to feel like an extension of people’s own backyards,” Mayor Linda Buchanan wrote earlier this month.
By designating a number of parks and public spaces for legal alcohol consumption, the areas become valuable for physically distant gatherings with families and friends, especially those who don’t have access to patios or large backyards.
“A large portion of City residents live in multi-family buildings, making parks even more valuable for their families,” says Buchanan. “Parks will allow us to come together while keeping our distance.”
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The bylaw is being implemented in the form of a pilot project and will run from Monday, June 22 to October 15. Public alcohol consumption will be allowed between 11 am to 9 pm, seven days a week in the following areas:
- Grand Boulevard and Ray Perrault Park
- Mahon Park
- Civic Plaza (near North Vancouver City Hall)
- Victoria Park West
- Kings Mill Walk
- Waterfront Park
- Cates Deck
- Shipbuilders’ Square