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Drinking in public plazas pilot

The summer 2021 pilot is now over. We are reviewing feedback and will report out in the coming months.

In response to COVID-19, this pilot was created to support:

  • Businesses and residents during a time where businesses have reduced dining capacity
  • Residents seeking outdoor spaces to connect and safely socialize with each other

Public plazas (or area within a plaza) participating in the pilot are spaces where people can responsibly and respectfully enjoy alcoholic beverages. You can bring your own drinks, enjoy take-out from local businesses, socialize, people watch, have a picnic, and enjoy the urban outdoors during the summer and fall.

What's happeningWe want your feedback

Your input will help us better understand the impacts of this pilot, how we can make improvements, and how people feel about drinking in public plazas. Your input will inform future decision-making on public space policies and projects. 

We're collecting feedback until October 11, 2021.

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Shape Your City  

Public plazas where drinking is allowed

Alcohol can also be consumed at select parks across the city.

2021 plaza locations will operate from 11am to 9pm and will be activated beginning May 31 at:

  • Cambie St and 17th Ave
  • 800 Robson St
  • Fraser St and 27th Ave
  • Granville St and 13th Ave
  • Granville St and 14th Ave
  • Maple St and 4th Ave 

Sites will become available for public drinking until October 11, 2021.

Pilot timeline

  • June 2020

    Council directs staff to update the alcohol by-law to allow people to drink alcohol in designated public plazas

  • July 2020

    Council approves the by-law change and public plaza locations

  • August 10 – October 12, 2020

    2020 pilot plazas open to the public

  • March 2021

    Council directs staff to consider reactivating the drinking in public plaza pilot

  • April 2021

    Staff request site proposals from community plaza partners

  • May 2021

    Council approves the by-law change and 2021 public plaza locations

  • May 31 - October 11, 2021

    2021 pilot plazas open to the public (opening dates vary)

  • We are here
  • October 2021 - December 2021

    Staff reviews and analyzes feedback

About the pilot

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