After much delay in deciding if public drinking will be allowed in parks, the Vancouver Park Board is scheduled to consider a revised and expanded plan.
The board has been considering a pilot program for allowing alcohol consumption in certain parks since before the pandemic, but it has become more urgent in recent months.
“The discussion around allowing alcohol consumption in parks has become more timely in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the physical distancing required in response,” a Park Board report reads.
The initial plan called for drinking to be allowed in certain areas in 10 parks across the city. But some park board members asked staff earlier this month to expand the program and consider one park in each of the city’s 23 neighbourhoods.
With the meeting scheduled for Monday, staff prepared a report that lists 22 sites as possible options.
That list includes these 22 parks:
- David Lam
- Kitsilano Beach
- Maple Grove
- Memorial West
- Fraser River
- John Hendry
- Harbour Green
- Locarno Beach
- Memorial South
- New Brighton
- Queen Elizabeth
- Stanley Park
While some neighbourhoods will have multiple parks, Marpole, Shaughnessy, South Cambie, Strathcona and Victoria-Fraserview would not have designated drinking areas under the new plan.
The report notes that there are some neighbourhoods that didn’t have parks that met the “selection criteria.”
If approved, the pilot program could begin as soon as mid-August and would continue until October 12th. Drinking would be allowed between 11 am-9 pm.
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