Can Vancouverites get pleasure from alcohol carefully if ingesting in public parks is permitted?

Elvira Lount heard it earlier than she noticed it – a pop-up dance get together at Jericho Seashore Park, full with a DJ tent, a PA system, lights and a generator.

“These aren’t simply mini audio system you will get at Finest Purchase, these are gigantic audio system,” Lount informed CTV Information.


She stated fewer than 50 folks have been gathered in a treed space Saturday night time, and it wasn’t the primary time it’s occurred.

Final weekend, she recorded video of the same occasion. Each instances, she known as Vancouver police.

“Our officers did attend and ask them to maintain the music down and to maintain it down a bit bit,” Sgt. Aaron Roed confirmed.


Amplifying techniques or loudspeakers in Vancouver parks aren’t allowed with out a allow.

An announcement from the Vancouver Park Board to CTV Information described the occasion as “unpermitted and unsanctioned.”

“Park Rangers have been made conscious of the occasion, however unable to attend because of different urgent issues,” it learn.


Lount says her issues in regards to the dance events have been amplified as a result of park board contemplating a pilot program Monday night time that may permit alcohol consumption in 10 parks.

As a part of the pilot, particular sections in simply 10 parks have been chosen for the trial:

  • Fraser River
  • John Henry (Trout Lake)
  • Harbour Inexperienced
  • Locarno Seashore
  • Memorial South
  • New Brighton
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Quilchena
  • Stanley
  • Vanier

Consuming could be permitted between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.


Lount says the unsanctioned dance events are proof that some aren’t able to behaving responsibly in public parks, and throwing alcohol into the combination could be a recipe for catastrophe. Police, nevertheless, stay optimistic.

“Vancouver has traditionally been a well mannered, behaved metropolis,” Roed stated, “we count on it to proceed that means.”