Vancouver City Council and Park Board: Open our parks and beaches to the responsible enjoyment of alcohol
Call us radical, but we don't think it should be illegal to bring a growler of beer or a bottle of wine to the park or beach.
In response to COVID19, restaurants and bars have had to restrict their dine-in service and instead have ramped up take-out options, including take-out of alcohol. BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has said that the coronavirus is less likely to be transmitted outdoors, and has encouraged people to spend time outside (while keeping a safe physical distance).
The Spring weather has brought many Vancouver residents outside and onto Vancouver’s beautiful beaches and green spaces to enjoy their meals. And despite a few bad actors, the vast majority of people have been doing so at a safe physical distance from those outside their immediate circles.
We think people should be able to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine while they spend time in Vancouver’s parks and beaches.
Drinking fines negatively impact racialized and lower income communities the most -- both in their application and their enforcement. They also disadvantage renters and those living in smaller, multi-family dwellings without access to backyards or other private outdoor space. Our City's bylaw enforcement resources could be better directed elsewhere.
OneCity has been campaigning on this issue since 2017. Now, Councillor Christine Boyle has introduced a motion calling for the Park Board and the City to allow responsible alcohol consumption in Vancouver parks and beaches, as quickly as possible.
Of course, current laws that prohibit public intoxication, public disturbances, and litter will be maintained.
If you agree it's time to legalize drinking in parks, sign this petition and share it with your friends.