People drinking at a park

Alcohol in parks pilot

To meet increasing public demand, the Park Board developed a pilot program to allow the responsible consumption of alcohol in designated drinking sites within 22 Vancouver parks.

As of October 11, the pilot has ended and alcohol consumption in all parks is no longer permitted. Findings from this short-term pilot will be used to inform future considerations.

The pilot was created to:

  • Provide more outdoor spaces for social connectivity - in particular, residents who have no access to a private yard and rely on parks for socializing with friends and family
  • Respond to current resident needs in the wake of COVID-19, recognizing that the pandemic will continue to affect peoples’ ability to relax and connect with others for some time
  • Test and monitor potential impacts of consumption of alcohol in parks

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Parks where drinking was allowed

Public consumption of alcohol was allowed at these pilot sites between the hours of 11am and 9pm daily, from July 12 to October 11, 2021:

  • Collingwood Park
  • David Lam Park
  • Fraser River Park
  • Granville Park
  • Harbour Green Park
  • John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park
  • Kitsilano Beach Park / Hadden Park
  • Langara Park
  • Locarno Beach Park
  • Maple Grove Park
  • Memorial South Park
  • Memorial West Park
  • New Brighton Park
  • Pandora Park
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Quilchena Park
  • Riverfront Park
  • Robson Park
  • Rupert Park
  • Stanley Park
  • Vanier Park
  • Volunteer Park

Designated drinking sites in parks

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Designated drinking site at Collingwood Park

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  • Designated drinking site at David Lam Park

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  • Designated drinking site at Fraser River Park

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  • Designated drinking site at Granville Park

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  • Designated drinking site at Harbour Green Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Kitsilano Beach Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Langara Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Locarno Beach Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Maple Grove Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Memorial South Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Memorial West Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at New Brighton Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Pandora Park

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  • Designated drinking site at Queen Elizabeth Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Quilchena Park

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  • Designated drinking site at Riverfront Park (west)

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  • Designated drinking site at Robson Park

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  • Designated drinking site at Rupert Park

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  • Designated drinking site at Stanley Park (southwest)

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Vanier Park

    By City of Vancouver

  • Designated drinking site at Volunteer Park

    By City of Vancouver

Alcohol can also be consumed at select public plazas across the city

Pilot timeline

  • December 2018

    Park Board Commissioners direct staff to develop a feasibility study for a pilot allowing the consumption of alcohol in select parks

  • June 2020

    Park Board Commissioners receive a pilot program proposal for 10 parks, but ask staff to expand the pilot to include parks in each neighbourhood across the city

  • July 2020

    Pilot approved for 22 park sites but implementation requires amendments to the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Act to allow liquor to be consumed within Park Board jurisdiction.

  • June 2021

    BC Liquor Control and Licensing Act amended, allowing the Park Board to enact the by-law necessary to launch the pilot.

  • July 12, 2021

    Pilot launches

  • October 11, 2021

    Pilot ends and alcohol consumption is no longer be permitted in parks. Park Board reviewing findings.

About the pilot