What’s happening now?

The pilot program is now closed, and alcohol consumption is not permitted in any Burnaby park. To report violations, please contact parks.ops@burnaby.ca or call 604-294-7206. For weekdays after 3:30 pm and weekends, please call 604-294-7200.

Thank you to everyone who shared their voice during the pilot program. We're analyzing your feedback and will make recommendations to City Council in early 2024 on if the program should be made permanent/expanded.

About this project

From July 1 to October 31, 2023, the City of Burnaby conducted a temporary pilot program permitting responsible consumption of alcohol in four parks across Burnaby: Central, Confederation, Edmonds, and Keswick parks. Alcohol consumption was permitted at these parks from dawn to dusk, everywhere except in these areas:

Within 10 metres of:

  • playgrounds
  • sport courts and fields, and artificial turf surfaces
  • spray parks and outdoor pools
  • skate bowls
  • parking lots
  • In or on any of the following:
  • trail pathways
  • natural parkland and forested areas
  • indoor areas
  • any other areas with signage forbidding alcohol consumption posted

Alcohol permitted - pilot project locations

We chose these parks because each has the following features which made them suitable for our pilot program:

  • Location: The pilot parks are near Burnaby’s four major town centres (Brentwood, Lougheed, Metrotown, and Edmonds), and will provide opportunities for Burnaby residents across the city to participate in the program.
  • Green Space and Public Washrooms: These parks have ideal areas to enjoy time outdoors this summer, with amenities like plenty of lighting, picnic tables and benches, open green space, and shade trees. Each also has public washroom facilities available on-site.
  • Recycling Capacity: We’re making sure each park has enough recycling bins to prevent littering of empty containers. Keswick Park will have additional temporary bins this summer, and our staff will be monitoring the need for additional bins and pickup at all pilot parks throughout the program.