Drink Responsibly in Parks

Drink Responsibly in Parks

Alcohol consumption permitted in three parks until Sep 30

Please drink responsibly in Richmond parks

Richmond City Council has approved the implementation of a pilot program for the responsible consumption of liquor in designated areas in a limited number of City parks. The pilot program will run from July 25 through September 30, 2023. 

“Progressively warmer summer weather has increased residents’ outdoor activity, particularly in higher density areas where access to privately-owned green space is limited” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “If you choose to participate in this pilot program and consume alcohol in the designated park spaces this summer, we urge you to do so responsibly.”

The pilot program allows open consumption of alcohol in designated areas only within three Richmond parks:

  • Aberdeen Neighbourhood Park
  • Garry Point Park
  • King George/Cambie Community Park

Alcohol will not be available for purchase in any park space connected with this project. 

Designated areas will be marked with on-site signage at each of the three parks. Those areas were selected to ensure a balance between alcohol and alcohol-free spaces to ensure that other park uses are not impacted. The consumption of alcohol is only permitted between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. Details can be found online at www.richmond.ca/parkactivities.

A number of municipalities across Metro Vancouver have implemented similar initiatives to permit the consumption of liquor in public spaces with the aim of providing park users with enhanced opportunities to socialize, recreate and relax with friends and family.

More information about the pilot program, including maps showing the designated areas, is available on the City’s website. Residents and visitors are also encouraged to share their feedback on the pilot project either via email to liquorpilotprogram@richmond.ca and/or at LetsTalkRichmond.ca/parks-pilot-2023. The survey will remain open until October 7, 2023.