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Vancouver Park Board approves booze on the beach next summer

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – You may soon be able to enjoy a pint of beer or a glass of wine at a Vancouver beach — legally. Although, it might not be the way you had in mind.

The Vancouver Park Board unanimously approved a concession strategy plan Monday night, which includes alcohol sales at English Bay and Kitsilano Beach concessions on a trial basis.

If there are no logistical bumps in the road, staff are optimistic the two-year pilot could start as soon as next year. It would be done beer-garden style, with drinkers in a designated, cordoned off area.

“The opportunity to go to the beach or to the park and have a glass of wine or a glass of beer is something that I have heard over and over again of there’s a desire for that,” said Chair Stuart MacKinnon, acknowledging it’s not a secret he’s had concerns with alcohol sales in the past.

The two-year pilot will test how feasible it is to offer alcohol at the other 11 concessions.

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