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Delta to keep close eye on parks where alcohol allowed

Council approves Responsible Drinking in Delta Parks Bylaw but stress it’s still a pilot project
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Memorial Park in Ladner is one of three Delta parks that will allow alcoholic consumption, but several areas within each will be off limits to drinking.

Delta council this week gave final approval for a pilot project allowing alcoholic consumption at Diefenbaker Park, Memorial Park and North Delta Community Park.

The designated areas within each park will be clearly marked on signage strategically placed at each location.

The hours that people can drink booze in any of the permitted spaces will be from 11 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week.

The program will run from June 1 to Sept. 30.

During council’s discussion on Monday, questions were once again raised regarding how the new rules will be enforced and whether bylaw staff will collect information on infractions for council to consider following the end of the period.

City manager Sean McGill noted additional staff will be available to visit the sites and the program could be adjusted accordingly.

Mayor George Harvie stressed it’s a pilot program and he recommended members of council also check out all the sites to see if they have any concerns.