The city of Calgary is allowing alcohol consumption as part of a pilot project in select parks starting June 1.
The city has voted to allow public drinking in select sites at select parks from June 1 to September 7, between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. only with a maximum 2-hour limit.
Calgary has not yet identified the parks or picnic sites where legal drinking will be permitted. The plan is to allow reservable picnic sites in three time blocks – Noon – 2 p.m,, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Calgary says picnic tables can be used on a first come, first served basis, but priority will be given to those who book a table with a permit.
Alcohol consumption will only be allowed at picnic sites marked by signage.
The city of Edmonton recently approved a pilot project that will permit alcohol consumption at 47 picnic sites across seven parks in the River Valley.