Alert | Mandatory outdoor water restrictions in effect - critical water main break affecting city-wide usage

City-wide indoor and outdoor water restrictions are in place. A fire ban is in effect. The boil water advisory has been lifted.

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Picnic Site Booking Information

  • Picnic sites are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For booking times see the Picnic Site Booking FAQ.
  • Please view the Picnic Site Amenities for details about each site's amenities, capacities, fees, power outlets, washroom accessibility and more.
  • Dogs are allowed in the park if they are on a leash, or in off-leash areas.
  • Alcohol is permitted only in designated areas which are clearly signed. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in all areas of the park.
  • Bowness Park cannot be booked on long weekends due to the high volume of citizens using the Park.

Picnic Site and Special Events Application Information

  • Picnic Site vs. Special Event
  • Picnics: Gatherings using the existing picnic site amenities (picnic tables, fire pit, barbeque, pavilion/shelter or power) or back-yard propane BBQs.
  • Special events: Events that have an impact on neighbouring communities and require equipment brought to the park (tents, inflatables, large BBQs, vehicle access, etc).
  • Weekend or weekday bookings - must be made 5 days before the booking.
  • Picnic sites cannot be reserved without payment.

Picnic Site Payment Information

  • Full payment is due immediately upon booking.
  • Once full payment has been made, you will be issued a permit and a receipt. Your permit is your confirmation of your picnic site booking. Bring the issued permit with you to the site as confirmation of your booking as sites can be used on a first-come, first-served basis if not booked. A facility rental permit holder will always have priority over a non-permit holder, for the specific date, time and location booked.
  • Payment options - You can pay for your booking by phone or in person. Click here for payment instructions.
  • Book and Pay online
    Your permit is your official invoice.

Picnic Site Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations and amendments require a minimum of 7 calendar days’ notice prior to the rental date. 
  • A $10.00 administration fee plus applicable GST will apply for cancellations or changes that result in freeing up a bookable space. 
  • Within 7 calendar days of the booking, it is non-refundable.
  • To cancel a booking, logon to Calgary Live and Play to use the self-serve option online. Contact Facility Bookings if you require assistance or you do not have a Calgary Live and Play account. 
  • In order to amend a picnic site booking, make changes to the date, time or location, the renter must notify the Recreation Facility Bookings office. 
  • Inclement weather refunds are not provided. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to check the upcoming weather forecast at least 8 days before the event to decide if you wish to keep or cancel a booking.