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Vancouver city council approves public drinking at six plazas

The plaza at 21st and Main Street is among the six sites approved by council Wednesday to allow the legal consumption of alcohol from June to October.

Crack open a cold one in public this summer!

Vancouver city council was unanimous in wanting to continue to provide public drinking spaces after successfully running six sites last year. Now, as of this summer, the Drinking in Public Plazas Program will become a permanent seasonal program.

Vancouverites can responsibly drink booze in public this summer, but only at six select spots. For those who prefer boozy picnics, council also approved drinking at 22 public parks.

Starting June 15 and going until October 16 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Vancouverites can bring and drink booze at several plazas around the city.

Plazas where public drinking is permitted in the City of Vancouver

  • Cambie St and 17th Ave 
  • Granville St and 13th Ave
  • Granville St and 14th Ave
  • Lot 19, 855 West Hastings St
  • Main St and 21st Ave
  • Maple St and 4th Ave

“To the many people like me who do not have access to a backyard or private outdoor space, these plazas give us all a chance connect and socialize with one another while enjoying a drink outside,” says Mayor Kennedy Stewart.

Most plazas are within walking distance of washrooms but temporary portable washrooms will be installed for others.

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