New bylaw will require an update to B.C.’s Liquor Control and Licensing Act
Park board commissioners in Vancouver have voted in favour of allowing alcohol consumption in 22 parks around the city, but relaxing with a cold one likely won’t happen soon.
Although commissioners capped a lengthy debate by approving a pilot project allowing park concessions to sell beer, cider and coolers, the board is seeking provincial involvement.
It says in a social media post that the new bylaw will require an update to B.C.’s Liquor Control and Licensing Act, recognizing the park board as a governing body under a specific section of the act.
At least on park commissioner says it means officially approved alcohol consumption in Vancouver parks likely won’t happen until next summer.
The park board voted against a staff recommendation to expedite the process through a request to the lieutenant-governor’s office.
In the meantime, the board has directed staff to apply for liquor licences at park concessions including Stanley Park, several English Bay beaches, Trout Lake, Langara and two parks along the Fraser River.
The liquor consumption in parks bylaw and pilot program was originally put before the park board commission on June 8 and again on July 6, but both times it was sent back to staff for revisions.
Five of Vancouver’s 23 distinct neighbourhoods — Marpole, South Cambie, Strathcona, Shaughnessy and Victoria-Fraserview — have been left out of the plan. Three of the 22 parks are located in Kitsilano and there are two each in Hastings-Sunrise, Kerrisdale and downtown.
The cities of Port Coquitlam and North Vancouver voted earlier this year to allow liquor consumption in certain area parks, but their pilot programs took effect immediately and do not require provincial approval.
— with files from Mike Raptis and Scott Brown
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