Alcohol in Parks Pilot Project

Adults may now enjoy alcoholic beverages responsibly at seven Port Coquitlam parks, through a pilot project running from June 26 to Oct. 31, 2020.

The pilot allows adult alcohol consumption from dawn to dusk, seven days a week at the following locations:

  • Castle Park
  • Settlers Park
  • Gates Park
  • Lions Park
  • Aggie Park
  • Evergreen Park
  • Cedar Drive Park

Supporting the Community During the Pandemic

The pilot gave residents who were gathering with friends or family for a picnic or special occasion at a park the opportunity to enjoy a beverage outdoors safely and responsibly.

Port Coquitlam was among the first cities in Metro Vancouver to allow adults to enjoy alcohol in parks responsibly as a way of promoting physical distancing and encouraging people to spend more time outdoors and connect with their community during the pandemic.

Signage about the pilot was posted at the seven parks, which were selected by meeting the criteria of having washrooms, picnic tables or shelters, and being inspected at least weekly or biweekly.

Park Users

Adults who chose to drink in the seven parks were expected to manage their consumption and act responsibly. Port Coquitlam’s parks are for everyone and it’s important that people of all ages continue to feel safe in them.

The RCMP, parks staff and Bylaw Officers monitored the sites as part of their regular surveillance, and responded to complaints about irresponsible behaviour or underage drinking.

Feedback on the pilot was collected through an online survey. Now that the pilot has ended, staff will report back to Council with a recommendation on whether to continue the initiative in the existing locations, expand it to other parks, or cancel it altogether.