“I’m going to enjoy my bottle of peppermint schnapps while laying on a city beach this morning, like I do every Friday.”
Residents are expressing frustration with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation over its messages about drinking on beaches.
Ahead of the long weekend, the park council posted a video on its social media reminding people that drinking is prohibited on the beaches. Park Board chief executive Donnie Rosa pointed out that “drinking and the ocean don’t mix.”
Instead, the park’s board noted in an Instagram post that alcohol is allowed at several parks and included a link to them in its bio.
But the park council’s social campaign has been strongly criticized by public opinion.
Not only did many people point out that alcohol consumption should be allowed on Vancouver beaches, but many also said they plan to do so anyway.
In fact, several individuals mocked the rules with one man Tweeter, “challenge accepted.” Another person writing“I’m going to enjoy my bottle of peppermint schnapps lying on a city beach this morning, like I do every Friday.”
Many people mentioned that people are using illegal substances in public all over the city with little or no repercussions from law enforcement; other people have noted that many places around the world allow drinking on beaches.
Vancouver beaches: Locals share frustration with park board
Kit Sauder, a member of the city’s Tenant Advisory Committee, shared a screenshot of an ad on a park sign reminding people that drinking is prohibited on beaches.
In a post on Twitter, the East Vancouver resident wrote that the park’s board is “being mocked right now for this paid ad telling people not to drink at the beach” and that the city is “spending money.” money in advertisements so that our institutions can be roasted”. “
In a sub-tweet, Sauder added that the park’s board “isn’t transparent, they’re not accountable [and] it’s definitely not effective.”
Vancouver City Council candidate Peter Meiszner shared a photo he took on the beach of his towel with a beer and a book. He quipped jokingly, “don’t tell the park board.”
Besides the problem of drinking on beaches, many people are calling on the city to “abolish the park board” due to a host of concerns.
A recent survey by Research Co. found that trust in the park board has eroded significantly. In 2020, only 44% of Vancouver voters favored eliminating it and placing public parks and the public recreation system under the jurisdiction of the city council. In June 2022, the proportion increased by eight points to 52%.
With files from Mario Canseco