City of Calgary installs bookable fire pits for outdoor hangouts

Nov 26 2020, 10:01 am

It might be a little chilly in Calgary these days, but the city is hoping to take the bite out of an encroaching winter for those hoping to hang outside with their bubble.

The City of Calgary has installed a number of fire pits at community parks across the city, as the recent provincial public health orders have made it illegal to host social gatherings indoors.

These fire pits can be enjoyed from 9 am to 9 pm on both weekends and weekdays; the City of Calgary’s website states that while anyone can use them, those who have booked them and obtained a permit will have priority.

Booking the sites is free and can be done on the city’s website. Once booked, Calgarians will be able to enjoy an outdoor fire with two hours of free firewood for anyone who shows a permit.

Your own firewood can be brought and burned as well, even if you do not have a permit.

Bookable times for all fire pits are from noon to 3 pm, 4 to 6 pm, and 7 to 9 pm.

Here are the fire pit locations:

  • Collingwood Off-leash Park – 1823 John Laurie Boulevard NW
  • Country Hills Park – 529 Country Hills Drive NW
  • Crescent Heights Park – 201 2nd Street NW
  • Hillhurst – Riley Park – 800 12th Street NW
  • Sunnyside – 625 3rd Avenue NW
  • Big Marlborough Park – 6021 Madigan Drive NE
  • Bridgeland Plaza – 912 General Avenue NE
  • Taradale – Manmeet Singh Bhullar Park – 7306 64th Avenue NE
  • Spruce Cliff – Cedar Crescent Park – 411 Cedar Crescent SW
  • Evergreen Park – 1611 Evergreen Drive SW
  • Meadowlark Park 0 20 MacKay Drive SW
  • Copperfield Park – 41 Copperfield Pt. SE

Those hoping to enjoy a fire will need to bring their own equipment, including fire starters, roasting sticks, chairs, etc.

Alcohol is not permitted, though hot chocolate definitely is.

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