Delta residents can now enjoy a cold beer or other alcoholic beverages at three designated parks.
Recently approved by council, a responsible drinking in parks pilot program began June 1 and will run until Sept. 30.
Drinking will be allowed at Memorial Park in Ladner, Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen and at North Delta Community Park.
The pilot program allows drinking from 11 a.m. to dusk, seven-days-a-week.
Signage has been installed at the parks indicating what areas of the park allow alcohol consumption and what areas are prohibited.
A civic report notes that parks staff will work closely with bylaw enforcement officers and Delta Police to manage things onsite.
Routine patrols are to take place at each park on a daily basis and at varying times.
Additional garbage receptacles have been placed within the alcohol zones to help keep the areas free of litter.
The public can provide feedback during the pilot program’s duration. See more at: delta.ca.
After the program ends, council will get a report back from staff on the feedback as well as a record of any complaints made to bylaws and police.