Alcohol in parks pilot program
The online survey for our Alcohol in Parks Pilot Program is now closed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Staff are currently reviewing feedback and will report back to Council later this fall.
We are launching a pilot program that will allow responsible alcohol consumption in select parks across the District. This program will run through the summer of 2021 and staff will report back to council on the program in the fall and recommend next steps.
When enjoying these spaces, please drink responsibly and be considerate of other parks users. We also ask that you help us keep our parks clean for all to enjoy by being responsible for your garbage and recycling — pack out what you pack in.
Parks where drinking is allowed
Alcohol consumption is now permitted from 11am to dusk daily at the following parks:
- Deep Cove
- McCartney Creek
Please note that alcohol may not be be consumed in the following areas:
- within 10 metres of playgrounds, sport courts and skate bowls
- playing fields when in use for games or events
- artificial turf fields at any time
- trails, pathways and forested areas
- any buildings or structures
Why we selected these parks
These parks were selected for the pilot program because they have established gathering and picnic areas, and are close to public transit or within walking or riding distance from neighbouring communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the important role our public spaces play in our community's physical and mental health. These highly-valued areas provide a safe and open place for residents to gather and socialize.
Recently, our neighbouring municipalities have introduced bylaws allowing the responsible consumption of alcohol in designated parks, and their experience has been generally positive and is well supported by residents and local businesses.
At the June 21, 2021, regular Council meeting, Council instructed staff to explore options for implementing a similar pilot project for summer 2021 that would permit responsible alcohol consumption in select public spaces.
Staff will report back to Council on the pilot program in the fall and recommend the next steps.