With summer fast approaching, Vancouver’s beaches, parks and playgrounds will soon be filled with children, family picnics, and tourists.

Vancouver Police are encouraging everyone to enjoy the beaches and parks. Officers will again be out on foot, bicycles, horseback, and on ATVs, meeting and greeting everyone to help create a safe family atmosphere for all to enjoy. We encourage those who are coming to our beaches and parks to have fun but be respectful of others.

The 2012 Beach Patrol Program starts on Friday, May 18th, and increased patrols will span from Spanish Banks through to Kitsilano Beach on the south side of English Bay, including the seawall along False Creek to the Cambie Street Bridge. Officers will also be on all of the beaches on the north shore of English Bay, from the Burrard Bridge to Stanley Park.

The VPD Marine Unit will be out on the water ensuring boaters are complying with safe boating regulations and have the necessary equipment onboard, including personal floatation devicies for all occupants.

“Our primary goal is to make sure everyone is safe and having a great time. If you see anything that concerns you, call us,” says Const. Jana McGuinness.

Neither liquor nor fires are permitted on beaches or in parks. Officers will be watchful for those who may want to spoil the family atmosphere by consuming excessive amounts of liquor and causing a nuisance.