UPDATE: Commissioner Demers' pilot launched on July 12th, 2021. Thank you to everyone for your support!
A growing segment of the population of Vancouver has no access to a private yard and thus relies on parks and beaches for gatherings of friends and family. Currently, the consumption of alcoholic beverages at parks and beaches is prohibited.
In the 2018 review of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation’s Concession Strategy, 79% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the sales of alcoholic beverages in concessions. A limited pilot program to sell alcohol at concessions will be implemented in 2019.
Green Party Commissioner Dave Demers is putting forth a motion to direct staff to conduct a feasibility study to initiate a pilot project that would allow the public to consume their own alcoholic beverages on select parks and beaches as well.