The idea of having a travelling beer garden came from the popular Parks on Tap program that began in Philadelphia. The program describes itself as providing “fresh food, beer on tap, wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages in a festive outdoor environment featuring comfortable chairs and hammocks, and clean restrooms.”
Mary-Margaret McMahon, the chair of Toronto’s parks committee, wants to bring this idea to the city, according to the Toronto Star. She’s proposed the idea to city staff to study how this would work in Toronto.
In Philadelphia, the program runs for 20 weeks in the summer, visiting 20 different parks. All the proceeds go back to the parks.
Ontario has strict rules and regulations on alcohol distribution and consumption, so there will be some red tape to get past. With a model that works so well in Philly, hopefully the city can see its potential success and the positive benefits something like this would provide not only for city culture, but funding to improve its parks.
Photo by Parks on Tap.