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New Westminster allows alcohol consumption in designated parks

New Westminster City Council has approved the consumption of alcohol at seven city parks. The new Consumption of Liquor in Public Spaces Bylaw takes effect immediately and permits adults to drink responsibly between 11:00 am until dusk, seven days a week in designated zones at the following parks:

  • Grimston Park
  • Hume Park
  • Moody Park
  • Port Royal Park
  • Queen’s Park
  • Sapperton Park
  • Westminster Pier Park

Alcohol can only be consumed by adults age 19 or older within the designated areas of each of the approved parks. Signage has been installed at each park indicating the boundaries of each zone and the hours during which alcohol can be consumed. Adults who choose to drink in the permitted areas are expected to manage their consumption, act responsibly, and dispose of their litter. All Public Health Orders related to COVID-19 as well as the provisions of the Provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Act must also be followed.

In the fall, the City of New Westminster be collecting input from the community on their experience with the pilot program. The engagement results will be used to help inform recommendations to Council on what, if any, aspects need to be improved to continue with consumption of alcohol in designated public spaces.

To learn more, please visit www.newwestcity.ca/alcohol-in-parks

Date posted:May 18, 2021