Alcohol is officially allowed in three parks in Kelowna, as of noon on July 4.
After extensive discussions and voting among city council members and feedback from the community, Kelowna now has three designated public spaces where open alcohol consumption is legal.
The pilot program allows drinking at Waterfront Park, Kinsmen Park and Boyce Gyro Park from noon until 9 p.m. daily. The program will run from July 4 until October 6.
Glass bottles will not be allowed to prevent issues and injury, so if your favourite booze comes in a bottle, you will be required to transfer it into a metal or plastic container.
Additionally, alcohol consumption is banned within 15 metres of any playground, play equipment, children’s play areas, sports courts and fields, parking lots, bodies of water, and piers and boardwalks without railings.
Signage at the three pilot parks will indicate where alcohol can be consumed.
Expect to see additional bylaw officers and maintenance staff patrolling the park during the pilot to keep folks safe and informed.