Alcohol consumption

Drinking Rules Released in Calgary Parks

CALGARY — Calgarians will be able to spill a cold or enjoy a bottle of wine in city parks from June 1, but with some rules in place.

City Council voted Monday in favor of a motion that will allow alcohol consumption between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., but only at designated picnic sites.

City officials are currently working to identify those locations, reads a statement.

“These picnic tables will be available for reservation through our site,” he says.

“Picnic tables can be used on a first-come, first-served basis, but priority will be given to those who reserve a table with a permit.”

Reservations will be available in two-hour blocks:

  • Noon – 2 p.m.

  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Those who choose to participate are encouraged to drink in moderation and to “be a good neighbor”. Public intoxication will not be tolerated.

“The AGLC Act Permits consumption of alcohol only at designated sites. Cannot be transported to the park – it must remain at the table,” the statement read.

“A person must stop consuming alcohol in a designated picnic area if a member of the Calgary Police or Calgary Municipal Services believe the person is intoxicated and an officer asks that person to stop consuming alcohol.”

Those who drink should not drive afterwards.

All provincial health restrictions related to COVID-19 must be followed, including gathering limits and physical distancing requirements.

“We also suggest that you wear a mask when visiting with people outside your household and maintain good hand hygiene,” the statement read.

Officials say the program will be shut down if complaints and ongoing disruptions are reported.

Call 311 to report a complaint or provide program feedback.

Com. Gian-Carlo Carra, who presented the motion to council, says there are currently no plans to allow cannabis in parks as well.