Vancouver Park Board delays decision on allowing booze at select parks

Jul 7 2020, 9:14 am

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer before legally being able to consume alcohol at public parks.

On Monday evening, the Vancouver Park Board (VPB) discussed a bylaw amendment that, if passed, would allow for a pilot program to test public alcohol consumption at local parks.

The Park Board unanimously voted to defer the decision, however, asking staff to “further work to expand and improve the program.”

According to the VPB’s Twitter, a number of improvements were suggested for the program, including that it be expanded to “include at least one park in each of Vancouver’s 23 neighbourhoods.”

The board also suggested a revision that would ensure that alcohol in parks “only be consumed with a meal” and that “all pilot sites provide adequate space for physical distancing.”

The deferral, however, means that a decision won’t be made for nearly two weeks, with staff expected to report back during a meeting on July 20.

The pilot program was developed to be launched in mid-July and is scheduled to carry over until later this October.

Naturally, the decision to defer the program and bylaw amendment drew plenty of criticism, especially since municipalities such as Port Coquitlam and North Vancouver have already launched similar initiatives.

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