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Alcohol could be allowed at more Delta parks this summer

Several other municipalities also allow outdoor alcohol consumption at designated parks
Coun. Dylan Kruger said the program allows people who don't have a backyard to enjoy being outside. Sandor Gyarmati/Delta Optimist

Delta residents may be able to enjoy a cold brew at more local parks this summer.

Coun. Dylan Kruger, at the April 3 council meeting, put forward a motion for staff to look into expanding a program, which allows the consumption of alcohol in designated areas within select parks.

Saying the program has been successful the past two summers, with no noticeable increase in incidents requiring police attention, he said it is a good opportunity worth exploring.

Council gave his motion the thumbs-up.

The summer of 2021 saw a pilot program allowing the public to consume alcohol in designated areas of Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen, Memorial Park in Ladner and North Delta Community Park. The pilot ran from June 1 to Sept. 30, 2021, between 11 a.m. and dusk.

A staff report later that year noted that based on the public feedback received, the program was largely successful with few issues.

The program was made permanent last year and returned for summer to those same parks, but the designated drinking area at North Delta Community Park was changed.