Alcohol in Parks
Adults can continue to drink responsibly in 10 Port Coquitlam, based on the success of 2020 pilot project parks.
Port Coquitlam was among the first cities in Metro Vancouver to have seven successful, responsible drinking park spaces – Castle, Settlers, Gates, Lions, Aggie, Evergreen, Cedar Drive, Peace, McLean and Dominion Parks allow people to responsibly and safely enjoy a drink with family and friends by spending time outdoors in one of the City parks.
Following strong approval from the public survey, the City’s Committee of Council voted to permanently permit drinking in 10 parks.
The project 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
- Peace Park
- McLean Park
- Dominion Park
The project gives residents who are gathering with friends or family for a picnic or special occasion at a park the opportunity to enjoy a beverage outdoors safely and responsibly.
Signage about the pilot is posted at the 10 parks, which were selected by meeting the criteria of having washrooms, picnic tables or shelters, and being inspected at least weekly or biweekly.
Adults who choose to drink in the ten parks are expected to manage their consumption, litter 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 monitor the sites as part of their regular surveillance.