Campfire Project could bring public fire pits to Vancouver beaches

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A warm glow, toasty marshmallows, crackling wood.. The campfire is the quintessential summer must-have that gathers friends, families, and strangers around a hypnotizing flame. Unfortunately, campfires in Vancouver are largely banned and not allowed on public beaches for a variety of public safety and health issues.

However, three Vancouver residents have started up the Campfire Project, which aims to introduce shared, public fire pits on select Vancouver beaches.

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The campfire project is a part of the CityStudio “innovation hub” that brings staff, university students, and community members together to work on innovative projects in Vancouver (such as the upcoming pop-up Public Piano project).

The campfire project will begin with a test pilot program that will set up a fire pit at Locarno Beach in Kitsilano. If the pilot is successful, public fire pits could be installed at Locarno, Jericho, Spanish Banks, and Third Beach.

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The fire pits would act as a way to ramp up social interaction and would be a BYOW (bring your own wood) set up. Ringed by river rocks or cement, the fire pits would be situated at least 300 metres from the closest home, have washrooms in the vicinity, and be visible from the nearest road.

“The whole point is that they’re shared,” the project coordinators recently told the Georgia Straight. “The idea is that people will just come and have firewood, and then other people will come and join.”

What do you think about The Campfire Project? Do you think Vancouver beaches need public fire pits? Let us know in the comment section below!

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7 Responses to Campfire Project could bring public fire pits to Vancouver beaches

  1. Ricardo

    New Brighton Park has been a host to many campfires on the beach. Most of the time the whole area has been left with a huge mess. Every morning the people using the park make an effort to clean up the remains, broken bottles, needles, food garbage, etc. The Parks maintenance never seems to get around to cleaning up the mess. No fire pits.

    • max

      This is one of the only problems I have with my great city. These kind of things are technically illegal throughout the city. Because of this, young adults, or older teens are the only ones who generally try to do these things and drink to have some fun or cause mischief. This generally means that because they’re drunk, and tend to have very few manners or respect for the fun they are having, they leave the area a mess and others are left to clean up after them. I see it at English bay, I see it at 3rd, kits you name it. only place I don’t see it, is at wreck, where this has been the norm for a long time and people seem to clean up after themselves to keep it goin. I love the idea, and hope people from my generation (29 yrs old) and younger are respectful of the clean up and maintenance so we can introduce more fun like this.

    • Char

      You are talking apples and oranges and being very obtuse. Regulation and sanction changes exactly what you speak of. When something is regulated and monitored it can be managed.

  2. kim

    love the idia, i think if its monitersed closely it will be a great outing for vancouverites, maybe into the burbs next, whiterock,richmond, frazerRiver, rockypoint park coq.,ect. that way the crowd can be smaller at each, and not only vanc.

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