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Pilot Program - Vendors in Parks

The City has allowed vendors and commercial bookings in parks for many years. They can range from food services to fitness activities, to repair services for bicycles. In the past requests for vendor activities have been approved through a park permit, or on a site-specific basis.

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The number of requests from vendors has increased, and it is clear that a formal process is needed to make sure that any vendor activity fits in with the park, and approvals are consistent across the city.

To help this we are running a vendors in parks pilot program in 2017. Through this pilot, we are encouraging park users to enjoy the benefits that these natural spaces offer.

We would like to get your feedback on how you feel about these services being available in these parks throughout the summer:

  • Downtown pathways
  • Sue Higgins Park
  • Carburn Park
  • Riley Park

You may see us in these parks collecting your feedback on this program; if you don’t happen to see us in the park you can give us your feedback online. We will be taking feedback until June 30, will release a report to share what we heard later this summer, and will share our decision later this year on whether we will continue to have vendors in parks in 2018.

Please note applications to be a vendor in a Calgary park is currently closed. We will share details on how to apply for next year if the program continues beyond 2017.

Vendors in Calgary parks this summer

​10 Street Wave ​Surf board rentals, lessons and sale of convenience items
​Carburn Park ​Human and dog food services and merchandise (eg. collars, leashes, bug spray, umbrellas)
​Eau Claire ​Ice cream and other food treats
​East Eau Claire ​Segway tours
​West Eau Claire ​Full range of bicycle repair and maintenance services
​Olympic Plaza ​Ice cream and other food treats
​North Glenmore Park ​Ice cream and other food treats
​South Glenmore Park ​Ice cream
​Riley Park ​Toys for sale or rent that encourage play (eg. bean bag toss) and convenience items such as sunscreen
​Shaw Millennium Park ​Hot dogs and other packaged food items
​Sue Higgins Park ​Dog treats and retail items such as poop bags, balls, etc.
​Shouldice Park / Prince's Island Park (St. Patrick's Island) ​Kayak rentals - pick up at Shouldice Park and return to Prince's Island Park or St. Patrick's Island

If you have any questions on current vendors in parks or the pilot program, please contact us online.

Vendors in parks