Penticton’s responsible consumption initiative, a pilot program introduced during the summer of 2020 allowing the drinking of alcoholic beverages at specific city park locations along Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, has been given the green light by Council to resume in the summer of 2021.
A report presented to Council during their November 17 meeting showed Penticton residents and visitors, for the most part, acted responsibly over the course of the pilot, which began in June and ran through to October. However, feedback collected by City staff over the length of the pilot showed some issues with garbage and recycling collection.
“Council gave direction to initiate another pilot for 2021 in the same locations as the 2020 initiative, with the understanding that further investment in garbage and recycling collection would be made,” said the City’s Director of Development Services, Blake Laven.
Next steps will see staff prepare bylaws for Council’s consideration early next year, along with the installation of additional garbage and recycling bins.
The 2021 initiative does not take effect until the new bylaws are passed.