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Before booking a park, pathway or greenspace

Before booking a park, pathway or greenspace

Please note: Applications take a minimum of 8 weeks to review and process.
Make sure you submit your booking request at least 8 weeks in advance of your desired event date. We are unable to process any request in under 8 weeks.

The lifting of COVID restrictions has resulted in an increase in booking requests for parks and green spaces.

We are working to increase our capacity to respond to applications. Thank you for your patience as we try to manage and process applications as efficiently as possible.

For information on festival and event bookings, please visit the Festivals and Events page.

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Calgary Recreation facilitates the bookings of open public park spaces for various outdoor activities, including weddings, fundraising events, performances,walks/runs, etc.

Any greenspace or park maintained by Calgary Parks may be booked providing the appropriate Parks region has given permission to do so. These include: major parks, regional and local pathways, small miscellaneous greenspaces, skateparks, and downtown park plazas. Picnic sites and community playfields can also be booked for purposes outside of the realm of their normal or intended use.

This does not include Prince’s Island Park, as it is only available for booking large annual festivals and events.

Booking any one of these facilities requires a special event permit.

Sandy Beach park​

What is a special event?

A special event is an event that requires additional authorization by City staff due to its potential impact on City facilities. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Set up and take down of tables, tents, etc.
  • Set up of temporary stages or other structures (i.e. risers)
  • Posting banners or signs
  • Amplified or acoustic performances (music)
  • Need for meeting rooms or storage
  • Selling merchandise/commercial activity
  • Fundraising event
  • Walk, run or marathon

But does not include:

  • Fireworks, open flame or other pyrotechnics
  • Tents, stages and/or other structures exceed a combined 600 square feet
  • Alcohol sales or service
  • Use of roadways

Events that include any of these 4 instances are considered a Festival Event and must adhere to a separate evaluation process. You must contact Event Services at (403) 476-4323 or eventservices@calgary.ca no less than 90 days prior to your planned event for information and booking. Visit planning a festival for more information.

Things to know before booking

  • Applications will be accepted for the current year plus the following year.
  • For the current year: Special event applications are currently taking a minimum of 8 weeks to process.
  • For the following year: Responses for (most) special event applications for the following year cannot be processed prior to the New Year. Customers can expect to receive permits or updates approximately 6 - 8 weeks after the New Year unless the event is occurring in the first 2 months of the year. Booking priorities are first given to festivals and renewal special events for the following year's booking requests.

Timelines for booking

  • Applications will be accepted for the current year plus the following year.
  • For the current year: Special event applications are currently taking a minimum of 8 weeks to process.
  • For the following year: Responses for (most) special event applications for the following year cannot be processed prior to the New Year. Customers can expect to receive permits or updates approximately 6 - 8 weeks after the New Year unless the event is occurring in the first 2 months of the year. Booking priorities are first given to festivals and renewal special events for the following year's booking requests.
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