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The City will not be moving forward with the pilot program to allow liquor consumption in municipal parks.

In 2019, in response to a public desire expressed in the Parks and Pathway Bylaw Engagement, The City explored allowing liquor consumption at picnic sites.

Upon careful review, The City has decided it will not be moving forward with the pilot program to allow liquor consumption in municipal parks.

We determined the logistical and enforcement issues were too complex to move this pilot forward. Our commitment to ensuring park experiences remained positive for all users remains paramount.

  • Outstanding concerns include:
    • Concerns from regulatory and enforcement agencies;
    • Divided public opinion;
    • Resource constraints; and
    • Concerns with changing liquor consumption would have a cascading effect on other existing restrictions (public consumption of both alcohol and cannabis are similar, when you change one, there is potential for citizens to think both are allowed).

The City will continue its zero tolerance for alcohol consumption at Recreation and Parks facilities.