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Alcohol in Parks

Alcohol in Parks

This pilot program is now closed. The program ran from June 1 to September 7.

Thank you for participating. Program results are now being compiled and a report will be made to Council in November 2021. 

Drinking locations in parks

During the pilot program, alcohol consumption was not allowed freely in all parks or at all sites within a designated park. Not all bookable picnic tables in City parks were designated for alcohol consumption either. Users were only able to drink alcohol at tables clearly labelled with the appropriate signage.

Picnic tables were used on a first-come, first-served basis or could be reserved with a free permit that gave priority use.

NW picnic table locations

NE picnic table locations

SW picnic table locations

SE picnic table locations

Rules for drinking in parks

The following rules were in place at all designated sites:

  • Drink in moderation and be a good neighbour. Public intoxication is not tolerated! 
  • The AGLC Act allows for alcohol consumption only at designated sites, cannot be carried around the park – it must stay at the table.
  • A person must stop consuming liquor in a designated picnic area if a Calgary Police officer or community peace officer believes that they are intoxicated and requests that they stop consuming liquor.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • All COVID-19 provincial health restrictions must be followed, including gathering limits and physical distancing requirements. 
  • We also suggest that you wear a mask when visiting with those outside your household and maintain good hand hygiene.
  • Remove all garbage and empty drink containers from the site before you leave the table. 

To provide feedback on this program please contact 3-1-1.  

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