The Vancouverites are one step closer to being allowed to drink in designated zones at nearly two dozen of the city’s 230 parks.
On Monday, the Vancouver Park Board voted to allow residents to drink in small areas of certain parks between 6 p.m. 11:00 and 21:00, but the changes have not yet taken effect.
Since the pandemic began, several other cities on the lower mainland have allowed alcohol consumption in specific green areas, and there are now more than 20 parks throughout the region where it is allowed – a map of them is available here.
The changes in Vancouver will apply to 22 of the city’s parks and include areas in Stanely Park, Kits Beach, Locarno, David Lam Park and Trout Lake, among others.
“This evening, the Park Board passed the bylaws to allow staff to launch the Alcohol in Parks Pilot as soon as the province amends the Liquor Control and Licensing Act,” reads a tweet from the Park Board.
Despite the decision, drinking is still not allowed in Vancouver parks because the provincial government must complete changes to BC’s liquor legislation. These changes were fully approved by the province on Monday, but have not yet entered into force. When the changes to the liquor law take effect, the city will launch its alcohol-in-park program.
“Remember, it’s not allowed to drink alcohol in parks before the pilot launches, but keep checking back here for updates!” continues the tweet.
But even then, it is not necessarily a permanent thing, but a pilot project that expires in the fall of October 11, 2021.
Maps of the small and very specific areas within the 22 parks are published by the park board and are shared below. The yellow lines on the diagrams mark the perimeter of the park, and the blue ones mark a playground area. The places where drinking will be allowed are marked in red.
Signs will be erected in the parks indicating the boundaries of the drinking areas.