British Columbia

City of North Vancouver OKs booze in some parks and public spaces

The bylaw was introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of allowing people greater use of public outdoor space.

Mayor says the move will make parks an extension of people's backyards

The City of North Vancouver council has voted to allow alcohol consumption in some parks and public spaces. (IMG Stock Studio / Shutterstock)

City of North Vancouver council has voted 6-1 to allow alcohol consumption at some parks and public places this summer.

Mayor Linda Buchanan said she believes the municipality is the first in B.C. to pass such a bylaw. 

"This summer, city parks will be an extension of everyone's own backyard," she said. "It's about treating adults like adults."

The move is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and considered a way to support the local economy while complying with provincial health orders and the B.C. restart plan.

Eighty per cent of North Vancouver city residents live in multi-family dwellings. 

"To minimize a resurgence in infection and to recover equitably, the city must think more about how all kinds of outdoor, everyday spaces can fulfil people's daily needs," reads a report by city staff. 

North Vancouver parks that will allow alcohol consumption in designated areas are:

  • Waterfront Park
  • Victoria Park West
  • Mahon Park
  • Grand Boulevard
  • Ray Perrault Park
  • Kings Mill Walk Park

Public spaces that will allow alcohol consumption are:

  • Parts of Lonsdale Avenue, in conjunction with a patios and street reallocation plan
  • Shipbuilders Square
  • Cates Deck
  • 14th Street Civic Plaza

Liquor consumption will be allowed in these areas between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Signage will be going up to identify boundaries. 

There will be a 20-metre buffer zone around all playgrounds and child care facilities in the drinking zones.

READ | City of North Vancouver consumption of liquor in a public place documents

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