Two-year trial will allow Cactus Club and Boathouse restaurants to sell alcohol at two Vancouver beaches

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      Beginning next year, visitors to English Bay Beach and Kitsilano Beach will be able to enjoy a beer without hiding it in one of those silly red cups.

      Yesterday (October 1), the Vancouver parks board approved a trial that will see Cactus Club and Boathouse restaurants at those two locations deploy roped-off areas where customers will be allowed to consume alcohol beverages purchased from their businesses.

      “It’s certainly worth a trial to see how it would go," parks commissioner Stuart Mackinnon told the Vancouver Sun.

      Last year, the parks board conducted a survey that found 79 percent of respondents were in favour of allowing alcohol consumption at select Vancouver park concessions.

      The trial is scheduled to begin in 2019 and run for two years.

      Anyone caught consuming alcohol on the beaches at English Bay and Kitsilano outside of these new fenced areas will still be subject to a $230 fine.