Park Board approves pilot for alcohol consumption in 22 Vancouver parks

Jun 2 2021, 11:18 am

Enjoying a cold alcoholic beverage in Vancouver parks is now one step closer to becoming a reality.

Earlier this week, the Vancouver Park Board enacted a bylaw that will allow staff to launch its Alcohol in Parks pilot program. The idea of allowing alcohol in Vancouver parks has been in development for more than two years, starting with feasibility studies in late 2018.

The pilot will allow for the consumption of alcohol at 22 parks in the city. Each park will have designated areas for consumption, which will be permitted between the hours of 11 am and 9 pm. The pilot will run until October 11, 2021.

There is, however, one last thing that needs to happen before the pilot can launch — the provincial government will need to pass a bill that amends the Liquor Control and Licensing Act (LCLA).

While a bylaw that can enact the Park Board’s pilot project has been approved, it won’t launch until the amendment is officially made.

As it stands, the Liquor Control and Licensing Act (LCLA) allows local government to designate public places under their jurisdiction where liquor can be consumed, such as parks and beaches.

So far, several municipalities such as North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, and New Westminster have launched pilot projects of their own, allowing for responsible consumption in select areas.

The issue with the City of Vancouver is within the Vancouver Charter. According to the Ministry of Public Safety, while the LCLA applies to Vancouver, the Charter grants “exclusive jurisdiction and control over all public parks” in the city to the Park Board.

But since the Park Board isn’t a municipality or regional district, it lacks the authority under the LCLA to pass the needed by-law. This means that neither Vancouver’s City Council nor the Park Board has the authority to launch an alcohol consumption pilot.

This could change if an amendment is made to the LCLA. In late April, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth introduced a bill that would “authorize the Vancouver Park Board to designate specific places under its jurisdiction as places where liquor may be consumed.”

A spokesperson from the ministry tells Daily Hive that the “amendment will be brought into force by regulation at a later date.”

Although a specific date hasn’t been made clear, the ministry adds that they’re “aware” of the Park Board’s request that this is implemented for Summer 2021.

For now, fingers crossed that the amendment is made sooner, rather than later. Until then, here are the 22 parks in Vancouver which would allow for a boozy beverage.

Vancouver parks included in the pilot program

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Permitted areas of consumption in Collingwood Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in David Lam Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Fraser River Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Granville (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Harbour Green Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Kitsilano Beach Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Langara Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Locarno Beach Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Maple Grove Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Memorial South Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Memorial West Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in New Brighton Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Pandora Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Queen Elizabeth Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Riverfront Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Robson Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Rupert Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Stanley Park Southwest (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Vanier Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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Permitted areas of consumption in Volunteer Park (Vancouver Park Board).

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