Alcohol in Parks pilot starting June 1

With the pandemic reducing indoor recreational opportunities, The City hopes to encourage those who may be feeling isolated to get outside and connect safely with family and friends. From June 1 to Sept. 7, 2021, Calgarians will be able to drink responsibly at 30 clearly marked, designated tables between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. All COVID-19 provincial health measures must be followed, including outdoor gathering limits and physical distancing requirements.

Not all bookable picnic tables in City parks will be designated for alcohol consumption. Users will only be able to drink alcohol at the 30 tables clearly labelled with the appropriate signage. Alcohol cannot be carried around the park. Public intoxication remains prohibited and users are reminded not to drive after consuming alcohol.

Designated tables will be removed from the pilot, or the program will be discontinued early, if issues persist. Citizens may call 311 with any concerns.

“As the weather warms after a very difficult winter, we’re excited to provide a new opportunity for Calgarians to responsibly connect with their parks and each other,” says Kyle Ripley, Director of Calgary Parks.

Tables can be used on a first-come, first-served basis or can be reserved with a free permit that gives priority use. The pilot will start with 30 tables and could be expanded in the coming weeks based on initial citizen feedback. To book a picnic table, or for more information, visit

City administration will review the overall use of the temporary alcohol in parks program and report results back to Council November 2021.