Vendors in Parks
Our Seasonal Vendor Program enhances the enjoyment and usage of parks and greenspaces through the provision of seasonal sport, recreation, and cultural opportunities.
Vendors support the creation, enhancement, and continuation of economic and tourism opportunities in parks, including providing goods and services to park users that complement and enhance their experience and overall appreciation of these cherished spaces.
Step 1: Prior to applying
Applicants are encouraged to visit MyBusiness in advance of submitting an application to learn more about starting a business, and the tools and resources available to new and existing business owners.
- Vendors who encourage use of the park, are unique to a park setting, or support existing park activities are permitted. Some examples of vendor activities that are permitted include the following:
- Rental of game equipment to encourage activity and play
- Bicycle rentals and/or repairs
- Rafting services including equipment rental, repair and shuttle
- Skate, snowshoe and/or cross country ski rental
- Dog washing stations
- Food services operated from a push cart or bicycle are considered in this program. Typically these vendors offer food and/or beverages that encourage people to stay in a park.
- Food trucks are considered in designated parking stalls. This program is operated separately. Visit Booking Food Truck Stalls for more information.
Vendors are encouraged to operate in many of our parks and greenspaces. However, due to capacity such as parking and congestion, some parks cannot accommodate any further vendors. Several of our parks are at capacity, and vendors may be directed to parks other than their preferred choice.
The following locations are not available through this program:
- River Park
- Prince’s Island Park
- Glenmore Reservoir or lands adjacent for activation in the Reservoir
- East Village
- Fort Calgary
- St. Patrick’s Island
- Poppy Plaza
*River Parks Vendor Permit applications will be reviewed; however, permit availability is subject to capacity and operational limitations.
Electrical access is limited in park settings; electrical connection to on-site power may require a City electrician and material at an additional cost to the vendor.
Use of a generator in a park settings is discouraged for public safety and environmental reasons. A request to use a generator is to be noted in the application and must be approved by The City.
Waste and recycling, grey water removal and disposal, and other utilities are the vendor’s responsibility.
More information on Vendor Fees can be found in the Seasonal Vendors in Parks Program Guidelines.
In addition, all applications are subject to a non-refundable $50 administration fee.
Step 2: Applying to be a vendor
- New Vendor applications for the spring/summer 2023 season begin April 1, 2023.
- Applications can take 6 - 8 weeks to review and are processed in the order they were received.
- To avoid processing delays, please ensure your application includes all of the necessary information and required documents. Failure to do so may result in the denial of your application.
- Please review the Seasonal Vendors in Parks Program Guidelines.
- Submit an application; ensure all Seasonal Vendor Required Documents are attached to your application.
- Applicants will receive an automated confirmation email once an application has been submitted.
- A Calgary Parks representative will contact an applicant if additional information or a site visit is required as part of the review process. All other applicants will be notified via email of the status of their application within 6-8 weeks.
- Successful applicants will be expected to provide the following documents prior to their expected commencement date:
- Signed seasonal vendor agreement
- Negotiated seasonal vendor fee in full
- Damage deposit in full (only applicable when operating from a City of Calgary facility)
- Approved Building and/or Development permit if required – please contact Planning, Development and Approvals
- Approved Pathway Access and Proximity permit if required - apply via the myID web portal
If these requirements are not submitted prior to the expected commencement date, the vendor will forfeit their desired park location for the season.
- Provided all the requirements have been met, the successful applicant begins operation on the expected commencement date.
For general inquiries on the Seasonal Vendor in Parks program please contact us via email.
For inquiries related to existing applications or to check the status of your application please contact 311 or visit 311 Online Services and reference your unique SR Number. This will indicate your application status and if outstanding documents are required.