Green Party of Vancouver welcomes legislative changes to allow Park Board to regulate drinking in parks

Published Apr 29, 2021 11:36 AM

VANCOUVER, BC - The Green Party of Vancouver welcomes the announcement of amendments to the Liquor Control and Licensing Act that will allow the Park Board to regulate drinking in parks within the city.

“People are looking for options to safely go outside, see friends, and enjoy this beautiful city,” said Commissioner Dave Demers. “Many people do not have a balcony or garden where they can enjoy the outdoors and have a drink with friends. Many have no access to a private yard and thus rely on parks and beaches for gatherings of friends and family. This is a matter of recognizing a strong desire from a large segment of the population, especially among the younger, condo-bound generations.”

“I’m looking forward to working with my Park Board colleagues to proceed with this pilot once these legislative changes are passed.”

During the 2018 election Demers proposed implementing a pilot project to allow limited alcohol consumption in select parks and beaches. In July, 2020 the Park Board supported Demers’ motion for a pilot in 22 parks and beaches.

Consuming liquor in public comes with a fine and has only been legally allowed in Vancouver parks and beaches with a special occasion licence from the province. Other municipalities, such as in North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, and Delta, have also moved to allow responsible alcohol consumption in public spaces. Last year Vancouver city council approved a pilot project to permit drinking in four designated public plazas from mid-August to mid-October.