The Vancouver Park Board has approved amendments to the by-law to designate selected park and beach sites as places where alcohol may now be consumed, on a permanent or temporary basis.
Drink Alcohol at These Vancouver Parks and Beaches Starting This Summer
From June 1, the public will be able to bring and consume alcoholic beverages at 31 permanent year-round park locations across Vancouver. In addition, 16 parks will become permanent summer-only sites between July 1 and August 31 each year.
Between June 1 and September 4, 2023, beachgoers will also be able to drink at 7 of Vancouver’s beaches, following direction from the Board to staff to explore options to pilot the responsible consumption of alcohol at appropriate beach locations.
“After two successful years, we’re delighted to bring back responsible alcohol consumption to many of Vancouver’s most popular public spaces,” says Park Board Chair Scott Jensen. “Our previous pilot programs demonstrated the importance of creating shared spaces for socializing and we saw how effectively Vancouver’s parks and beaches can accommodate safe drinking.” I look forward to joining Vancouver’s residents and visitors in having a drink at one of the city’s beautiful parks and beaches this summer!””
For most parks included in the program, drinking will be allowed throughout the park, except in areas like playgrounds, wading pools and splash parks, sports fields and courts, community centres, ecologically sensitive natural areas, parking lots, and off-leash dog areas.
- Maps of where alcohol can be consumed will be posted on our website and on signage installed at each location.
- For all sites, the consumption of alcohol will be allowed between the hours of 11:00am and 9:00pm daily.
- The Board also approved an additional amendment to the by-law prohibiting glass beverage bottles and containers at parks and beaches, in response to concerns over broken glass and potential injury.
From June 1, 2023, consuming alcohol will be permitted on a permanent and year-round basis in the following parks:
Burrard View Park
Fraser River Park
Harbour Green Park
Jericho Beach Park
John Hendry/Trout Lake Park
Jonathan Rogers Park
Kitsilano Beach Park
Locarno Beach Park
Maple Grove Park
Memorial West Park
New Brighton Park
Queen Elizabeth Park
Spanish Banks Beach Park
Stanley Park (Lumberman’s Arch)
Stanley Park (Southwest and Second Beach)
During the months of July and August each year, consuming alcohol will be permitted at:
Memorial South Park
Between June 1 and September 4, 2023, the seven beach pilot sites will be:
Second Beach (Stanley Park)
John Hendry / Trout Lake Beach
New Brighton Beach
Park and beach users are reminded to act responsibly when drinking alcohol. Please exercise caution when drinking alcohol on beaches and avoid entering the water when intoxicated.
Read the full news release here.