You possibly can drink alcohol in seven Edmonton parks this summer time

Good news, YEG. Starting later this month, you will be able to legally drink alcohol in select Edmonton parks.

On Monday, Edmonton City Council approved a pilot project allowing alcohol consumption at 47 picnic areas in seven parks in the River Valley. The pilot project runs from May 28th to October 11th.

So far, drinking alcohol has not been allowed in any of Edmonton’s parks without a festival and event license.

“Through public engagement, a majority of citizens have indicated that they support responsible drinking in designated picnic areas,” said David Aitken, branch manager for Community Standards and Neighborhoods.

“The picnic areas selected correspond to our guiding principles in terms of safety, accessibility, visitor experience, honoring existing park users and inclusivity,” he added.

People who are of the legal minimum age for alcohol consumption can enjoy one or two drinks for adults at designated picnic areas daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., which are marked with the following signs.

Courtesy of the City of Edmonton

The parks selected for the pilot project 2021 include:

  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier
  • White mud
  • William Hawrelak
  • Government building
  • Victoria
  • gold bar
  • Rundle

The 47 locations at which consumption is permitted include both bookable and “first-come, first-served” picnic areas.

In a press release, the City of Edmonton noted that alcohol consumption is still not allowed at picnic areas in parks that are not part of the pilot.

The city council will review the pilot over the summer and plans to report the results to the city council in late 2021.

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