The city of Toronto has taken the initiative to commence a pilot project that will allow consumption of alcoholic beverages in Toronto parks as of July 1st. This particular stance on public drinking is more in tune with the European countries, such as Austria and Denmark, which openly consume alcohol in parks. Although this may seem like an out of the box idea, this is not the first city to decriminalize drinking in public. Cities such as New York and New Orleans had previously taken similar steps, allowing drinking in public from plastic cups.
The new act will permit the consumption of beer, wine and spirit from brown paper bags and reusable coffee mugs along with kiosks which will serve locally brewed craft beer in five city parks as part of the pilot project initiative. The parks scheduled for these aforementioned kiosks will include Trinity Bellwoods, High Park, Christie Pits, Dufferin Grove and Withrow Park and are expected to operate from noon until 7 p.m on weekends and holidays. However, the project could be expanded to other parks and public spaces by summer of 2018.