Drinking in Parks: Let's Keep it Simple

May 11, 2021

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Jan will make it easier to pop a cork in the park without having to jump through hoops.

We need a new approach to beer and wine in our public parks. When able to do so, we want to spend time with our friends and family in a safe environment, and this often means spending time together outside. The time has come to remove the prohibition on the consumption of alcohol in parks.

City Council has passed a pilot — but it is unnecessarily complicated. The pilot would require Calgarians to jump through hoops to pop a cork in the park, having to book in advance at a limited number of picnic tables in designated locations. It would be yet another example of the City of Calgary imposing red-tape, regulations and complexity.

We can safely and straightforwardly allow for the consumption of alcohol in our public parks, and remain compliant with provincial legislation. Jan has a plan and a fresh perspective.

We will designate open areas with good sightlines in public parks as picnic areas, allowing the consumption of alcohol within certain hours. With a practical approach and adequate funding for signs and enforcement, we can safely and sensibly enjoy a glass of wine with our picnics while spending time with friends and family in one of Calgary’s many public parks and give some stimulus to local business in these areas.

Jan’s plan has been lauded by local business owners. 

“We completely support the initiative to open up more designated park spaces and keep the access simple without sign-up hurdles. It makes sense to give people more reasonable options to relax and enjoy an outdoor picnic safely with family and friends especially at this critical time. It can’t happen soon enough” – Sal Howell, owner of the River Cafe and Deane House 

Jan knows the value of bringing people together, particularly after the year and a half that we've had. 

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