District of West Vancouver is planning a pilot project to allow consumption of liquor in Millennium Park in the Ambleside area of West Vancouver.
This proposed bylaw would allow ‘responsible’ consumption of liquor in Millennium Park on a pilot basis, with the ability to ticket for any infractions.
The pilot project is being initiated due to an increased public interest in open outdoor space for the community to socialize and connect in their personal bubbles during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the district.
In addition, many local restaurants, cafes, and food service providers have lost their seating capacity or have had to close indoor dining due to public health orders and physical distancing requirements. The pilot project also aims to support the economic recovery of businesses.
The City of North Vancouver introduced a Consumption of Liquor in a Public Space Bylaw to allow liquor consumption in specific parks in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to provide safe social outdoor spaces.
The pilot project is proposed to run until October 31, 2021.
According to the report, West Vancouver Police can be called if someone appears intoxicated or underage and consuming liquor.
Bylaw enforcement staff will continue to maintain the same service levels including conducting proactive patrols of Millennium Park and providing education about the pilot project.