Alcohol in Parks
Adults are able to drink responsibly in ten Port Coquitlam parks this year, based on the success of last year’s pilot project.
Following strong approval from the public survey, the City’s Committee of Council voted to permanently permit drinking in the initial seven parks and to conduct a pilot program at Peace, McLean and Dominion Parks this year until Oct. 31.
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
Supporting the Community During the Pandemic
The project gives 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 is 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. Signage will also be posted at the three new parks.
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.
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