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Centennial Park beer garden back on ice for now

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The plan for an outdoor beer garden serving suds from a converted shipping container in Centennial Park will be allowed to ferment a little longer.

Council shelved the idea for a second time last week, saying it wants to see the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan completed first.

A numbered company has proposed a casual outdoor beer garden on the former MacLean Centre grounds, with a food truck, an area for garden games and a bar serving alcohol from a modified Sea Can.

The site already has a 20-space parking lot, nearby washrooms and picnic tables.

Councillors said it was premature to grant approval now before the master plan is done or a possible request for proposals is issued.

Two objections were raised. An organizer with Artzcape by the Bay was concerned the beer garden could impinge on its event space, and a nearby apartment dweller said people drinking in the park every day could create noise and other problems.

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