Book a park, pathway or greenspace
Locations can be reserved for many types of events, including:
Note: Greenspaces are manicured areas owned and maintained by the City of Calgary not designated as parks.
Booking process and requirements
- Completion of a Parks & Open Spaces bookings application form
- Payment of applicable fees
- Adherence to permit conditions and bylaws
- Applications may take a minimum of 2 weeks to review and process.
- Please submit your booking request with a minimum of 4 weeks before your event's date. Requests submitted for events occurring in less than 2 weeks are not guaranteed to be processed.
- Alcohol sales or service
- Fireworks, open flame or other pyrotechnics
- Tents, stages and/or other structures that exceed 600 sq. ft. combined
- Use of roadways
Visit Festivals and Events to learn more about applying for these types of permits and bookings with no less than 90 days prior to your planned events.
All structures placed in a park, on a pathway or in a greenspace for any duration during an events, must be accompanied by a site map, showing exact placement, including dimensions. Structures may include, but are not limited to: tents, fire pits, stages, inflatables, portable toilets, etc. (Omitting the site map can result in processing and approval delays.)
Any vehicle access into a park, on a pathway or in a greenspace will require a site map detailing the access point and route being taken. A Proximity and Access permit may be required. This permit can be requested by accessing the City’s myID online service. (Omitting the site map can result in processing and approval delays.)
Drones over 250g require a Parks Bookings permit. Part of the application will require submission of a Pilot Certificate, Certificate of Registration, Flight Map and a Certificate of Insurance.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure and hold in good standing the required level of insurance for their events.
Prince’s Island Park, St. Patrick’s Island and East Village:
Prince’s Island Park cannot be booked, as it is only available for booking large annual festivals and events.
St. Patrick’s Island and East Village can be booked externally by visiting Plan An Event | Event Applications | East Village Calgary (evexperience.com)
All filming and commercial still photography must go through Calgary Economic Development.
|Rental||Rates (prices include GST)|
|Greenspace||$58.88 per day*|
|Pathways (exceptions below)||$58.88 per day*|
|Pathway segments B04-07**(Bow River Pathways 04-07)||$85.86 per day**|
|Special events admin fee||$26.25 (non-refundable, due upon processing of application)|
All City of Calgary permits are subject to a $4.75 risk management fee. This is a flat fee charged per permit, not per each date/time booked.
Along with the base rental rates, additional fees (i.e. electrical hook-up charges, damage deposits, etc.) may also be charged upon approval from Parks & Open Spaces.
*Picnic site fees apply if booking a picnic site for a special events. If additional greenspace is required to accommodate the event, additional greenspace fees will apply. Follow the links below for rental fee information.
**B04-B07 are Bow River pathways: Shouldice Park pathway, Edworthy Park pathway, Prince's Island Park north & south pathways.
Bookings for the following year
Most applications for the following year cannot be processed prior to January 1. Customers can expect to receive permits or updates approximately 6 - 8 weeks after January 1 unless the event is occurring in the first two months of the year. Booking priority is first given to festivals and renewal applicants for the following year.