City expands alcohol consumption pilot program at designated picnic sites
April 26,2022

Beginning May 1, 2022, responsible alcohol consumption will be permitted at 124 picnic sites across 18 parks as part of an expanded pilot project that will run until October 10, 2022. This is the second year a pilot program has permitted alcohol consumption at designated picnic sites. For 2022, the pilot project will include some parks outside of the river valley.

Adults will be able to consume alcohol safely and responsibly from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily only at those picnic sites marked by signage.

As per the Government of Alberta’s rules, alcohol consumption is limited only to designated picnic sites. Those consuming alcohol will not be allowed to walk around the park with their alcoholic drinks. Alcohol consumption is still not permitted at parks and picnic sites that are not part of the pilot project. The only exceptions are for activities that have a festival and event license or licensed restaurants.

The selected parks’ picnic sites for the 2022 expanded pilot project include:
Picnic sites include both bookable and “first-come, first-served” options.

This year, signs will be installed directly onto picnic tables at designated “first-come, first-served” picnic sites that are part of the pilot program.

At bookable picnic sites that are part of the pilot program, signage will be on posts as per last year.

For more information and a map of designated picnic sites, visit

Photo and video footage of city crews installing signs at a designated picnic site in preparation for a second pilot program permitting alcohol consumption is available upon request.
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