It's finally going to be legal to drink at Vancouver beaches next summer

Oct 3 2018, 12:39 am

Vancouverites will soon be able to enjoy a cold beer at two of the city’s beaches next spring and summer.

The Vancouver Park Board approved a pilot project on Monday, that will allow beer and wine to be served at English Bay and Kitsilano beach concession stands.

According to the Park Board adding alcohol sales to select park concessions will help “improve the customer experience and provide increased revenues.”

The pilot program at English Bay will take place at a small section of the beach that is “directly adjacent to the public walkway.” This area will be reserved as an extension of the existing concession area where food, non-alcoholic beverages, and a limited selection of beer and wine will be served.

Kitsilano Beach would see something similar, where a temporary small patio created on the hard surface of the existing concession will be open as an extension.

The Park Board noted that Kitsilano Beach and English Bay already have restaurant operators on site, making these locations the most suitable for the pilot.

The program will run from May to September for two years beginning in 2019 at the two beaches. The results of the program will allow the Park Board to decide if alcohol sales should be put into practice at other concession stands.

If you’re thinking about enjoying a drink at Vancouver beaches excluded from the pilot program, keep in mind a violation ticket for consuming liquor in public carries a $230 fine.

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