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Vendors in Parks

COVID-19 Update

Effective June 1, new seasonal vendor applications will be accepted for the 2020 summer season.

Vendor applications received before April 1, 2020 will now proceed as per revised application process.

All fees will be waived for the 2020 summer season only. Vendors will be expected to adhere to all Public Health Orders and regulations for both COVID-19 and food handling.

We understand there are significant impacts to businesses in Calgary. The City of Calgary is a partner with you during this time. We will continue to provide updates as needed. For updates and additional information on COVID19 from The City, please visit Calgary.ca/covid19.

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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.

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 have implemented a vendors in parks program.

Vendors will need to execute or demonstrate proof of the requirements appropriate to their business, before beginning operations. Visit Business 101 for information to assist new businesses getting started.

Type of Vendors Permitted

Vendors who encourage use of the park, are unique to a park setting, or support existing park activities are permitted. General merchandise sales (ie. clothing, jewelry, art, etc.) are not permitted. Some examples of vendor activities that are permitted include the following:

  • Rental of game equipment to encourage activity and play
  • Bicycle rentals and repairs
  • Rafting services including equipment rental, repair and shuttle
  • Skate, snowshoe or ski rental
  • Dog washing stations

Food services

  • Food services operated from a push cart or bicycle are considered in this program. Typically these vendors offer ice cream, hot dogs or healthy treats and can encourage people to stay in a park.
  • Food trucks are also considered in designated parking stalls. This program is operated separately. Visit Booking Food Truck Stalls for more information.

Eligible Parks

Vendors are encouraged to set up in many of our park spaces. However, due to capacity such as parking, some parks cannot accommodate any further vendors. Several of our parks are at capacity, and vendors may be directed to parks other than their first choice.

Note that in general, electricity and other services are not provided in park settings.

Vendor Fees

Fees can range and will be negotiated depending on the specific location, season, service provided, and other unique circumstances.

Vendor Application Process

Applications for the 2020 spring/summer season are currently being accepted. Please be advised that applications will take approximately 6-8 weeks to review. 

The process is as follows:

  1. To be considered, applicants must submit an application form and are encouraged to attach supporting documentation (e.g. photos, maps) that will enhance their application.
  2. Within 10 business days, a staff member will contact the applicant to discuss their application and the next steps. 
  3. If the application is approved the applicant will be notified. Thirty (30) calendar days prior to the expected commencement date, the applicant will provide: 
    • Signed vendor agreements
    • Negotiated seasonal vendor fee and damage deposit in full
    • Business license – please visit myBusiness​ to learn more about applying for a Business License
    • Insurance certificate (mandatory and must include all the requirements of the agreement)
    • Applicable permits and documents (e.g. Alberta Health Services, Building Permits, WCB Coverage)
    If these requirements are not submitted thirty (30) calendar days prior to the expected commencement date, the vendor will forfeit their desired park location for the season.
  4. Provided all the requirements have been met, the Vendor begins operation on the expected commencement date.

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

Vendors in Parks