Aug 02, 2023

By Jane Brown

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Consuming alcoholic beverages is now allowed in some Toronto parks as part of a time limited pilot project.

The program runs until October 9th and allows those who are 19 and older to drink alcohol while enjoying 27 selected parks across Toronto, including Queen’s Park, Corktown Common and Earlscourt Park.

Here’s a full list of the parks participating in the pilot program:

Eglinton Park, Ward 8 – Eglinton-Lawrence
Earlscourt, Ward 9 – Davenport
Dufferin Grove Park, Ward 9 – Davenport
Campbell Avenue Playground and Park, Ward 9 – Davenport
Dovercourt Park, Ward 9 – Davenport
Roundhouse Park, Ward 10 – Spadina-Fort York
Trinity Bellwoods Park, Ward 10 – Spadina-Fort York
Christie Pits Park, Ward 11 – University-Rosedale
Queen’s Park (110 Wellesley St W), Ward 11 – University-Rosedale
Sir Winston Churchill Park, Ward 12 – Toronto-St. Paul’s
Oriole Park, Ward 12, Toronto – St. Paul’s
Hillcrest Park, Ward 12, Toronto – St. Paul’s
Cedarvale Park, Ward 12, Toronto – St. Paul’s
June Rowlands Park, Ward 12, Toronto – St. Paul’s
Corktown Common, Ward 13 – Toronto Centre
Greenwood Park, Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth
Riverdale Park East, Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth
Withrow Park, Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth
Monarch Park, Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth
McCleary Park, Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth
Skymark Park, Ward 17 – Don Valley North
Lee Lifeson Art Park, Ward 18 – Willowdale
East Toronto Athletic Field, Ward 19 – Beaches-East York
Milliken Park, Ward 23 – Scarborough North
Neilson Park – Scarborough, Ward 25 – Scarborough-Rouge Park
Underpass Park, Ward 13 – Toronto Centre
Morningside Park, Ward 24 – Scarborough-Guildwood

Many Toronto city councillors have said drinking in parks is not a major issue, that most residents do so respectfully and responsibly, and no tickets have been issued for it in 2023.

The pilot is in part based on the experiences of other Canadian cities — such as Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary — that have recently expanded similar programs to allow drinking in some public parks.

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