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We are gathering the public’s opinion on whether to allow alcohol consumption at designated picnic sites. Add your input by filling out this survey by 11:59pm on Sunday March 7, 2021. Results will be discussed at the Community and Public Services Committee scheduled for April 26, 2021.

On January 25, 2021, City Council passed a motion to conduct public engagement to identify picnic sites within City parks that would be appropriate for permitting alcohol consumption and report to the Community and Public Services Committee summarizing the results, costs and timelines for installing signage by April 26, 2021. Public engagement will also determine whether Edmontonians support alcohol consumption in parks.

Will alcohol consumption be permitted in all parks and all sites?

We are currently putting together a list of possible picnic sites that meet our guiding principles around safety, accessibility, inclusivity, visitor experience and park usership. This list of possible picnic sites will be included in the report back to the Community and Public Services Committee scheduled for April 26, 2021.

Why are only picnic sites being considered and not the whole park?

In alignment with the regulations outlined in the Province’s Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, only picnic sites are eligible for alcohol consumption. Exceptions to this are only when special permits have been granted from the Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC).

How will the possible picnic sites be chosen? How many sites will permit alcohol?

We are currently putting together a list of possible picnic sites that meet our guiding principles around safety, accessibility, inclusivity, visitor experience and park usership. Once developed, they will be included in the report back to the Community and Public Services Committee scheduled for April 26, 2021.

Will there be rules around alcohol consumption in parks?

Additional rules are being considered and will be included in the report back to the Community and Public Services Committee scheduled for April 26, 2021. These would be in addition to any regulations set out in the Province’s Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act and City of Edmonton bylaws (Parkland Bylaw and Public Places Bylaw).

How will rules and regulations around alcohol consumption be enforced by City enforcement officers?

When necessary, Enforcement Officers will enforce the regulations set out in the Province’s Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act as well as applicable City of Edmonton bylaws (Parkland Bylaw and Public Places Bylaw). Enforcement of any additional rules around alcohol consumption at designated picnic sites will be determined if this activity becomes permitted. Bylaws and provincial regulations are also enforced by the Edmonton Police Service.

Where can I get the latest updates on this issue?

Engagement results will be summarized on this web page in spring 2021. You can also refer to this webpage for the latest updates regarding the pilot as they become available.

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