|Pilot for alcohol consumption in select River Valley parks begins today|
Edmontonians are now able to consume alcohol at designated picnic sites in select River Valley parks during a 19-week pilot project that launches today.
Beginning this morning, adults may consume alcohol safely and responsibly at 47 designated picnic sites in seven River Valley parks between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a week. Please remember to follow current public health measures for outdoor gatherings.
The selected parks for the 2021 pilot project include: Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Whitemud, William Hawrelak, Government House, Victoria, Gold Bar and Rundle. Picnic sites include both bookable and “first-come, first-served” options.
Edmontonians can identify a designated picnic site by looking for one of these signs:
|Alcohol consumption is still not permitted at any other picnic sites or park spaces unless part of an approved festival and event licence. A map of all designated picnic sites is available online.|
Edmonton’s river valley is extremely valuable to everyone. If you choose to consume alcohol at one of our designated picnic sites, please respect the peace of others around you, ensure you leave the site in good condition and drink responsibly. Park rangers will be monitoring these locations as part of their regular patrols in parks.
The pilot project will run from May 28 to October 11, 2021. The City of Edmonton will closely monitor how the project is going and will report final results to city council by the end of this year.
For further information on the pilot and to provide feedback, please visit edmonton.ca/alcoholinparks.