Calgarians could be allowed to drink alcohol in public parks this summer

Jan 17 2019, 5:20 pm

What Calgarian wouldn’t mind enjoying a cold one while lounging at the park?

Well, the City of Calgary literally wants to know, because they’ve opened an online survey asking for residents’ opinions about the possibility of allowing liquor in Calgary parks.

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The survey will be available from Thursday, January 17 to Thursday, January 31, and asks questions about where drinking should (or should not) be allowed, what the potential concerns are, and whether or not you’d be willing to pay a little extra for a picnic site, if it meant you could crack a few cold ones under the sun.

The survey was created as a response to citizens expressing their desire for the consumption of alcohol in public parks during the Parks and Pathway Bylaw engagement series from last year.

A release from the city states that, if it appears that relaxed liquor laws would be something that Calgarians actually want, there could be a pilot program in the works as early as this summer.

Now, before you start making big plans to haul a 12-case down to the river, it should be noted that, even if the program goes through, it will be limited strictly to picnic sites.

“As per AGLC regulations, liquor can only be consumed at a signed, designated picnic site, and can only be consumed with food,” the release states.

You’ll also need to take it easy, as all existing bylaws will remain in effect.

“No person shall engage in any conduct which may disturb the use or enjoyment of any other user of a park. Public intoxication would not be tolerated,” says the city.

Still, having a craft beer from one of Calgary’s great breweries to wash down a hotdog on a hot summer’s day? Sign us up.

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