All citizens making use of City of Edmonton Parkland must abide by Parkland Bylaw 2202. To help ensure an enjoyable picnic experience, the following terms and conditions must also be met:


The permit holder is responsible for notifying the Bookings Office of any changes to attendance numbers prior to their event. Staff is scheduled according to attendance to ensure that the picnic site is serviced as needed during the event (washroom and garbage checks, etc). Unexpectedly large groups can result in retroactive cleaning and maintenance fees.


Vehicle access is available at some designated picnic sites for an additional fee. Access must be requested and paid for at the time of booking. Vehicle access is intended for loading and unloading only; vehicles cannot remain on site during the event. Public roads and parking lots within the park do not require vehicle access.


Catering is permitted without the requirement for permits, as follows:

  1. Preparation of food is to be conducted off-premise (not on city property) at an approved Alberta Health Services (AHS) location;
  2. Delivery of pre-prepared meals to the site; and
  3. Function to serve only private event guests.


Power access is available at some designated picnic sites for an additional fee. Power must be requested and paid for at the time of booking. Please bring an extension cord to reach the power source from the picnic site. These sites can accommodate two small appliances such as a coffee urn or personal music player.

Inflatable Play Equipment

Bouncy castles and other inflatable equipment are permitted at certain designated picnic sites in the City. Approval must be requested and proof of $2 million liability insurance must be sent to the Bookings Office before approval will be granted. Additional terms and conditions apply- please inquire at the time of booking.
Dunk tanks, petting zoos, human hamster balls (Zorb balls), and other miscellaneous equipment are not permitted.


Alcohol Consumption at Designated Sites
On February 27, 2023 City of Edmonton Council Committee approved the Alcohol Consumption at Designated Picnic Sites program on an ongoing basis. Alcohol consumption in parks will now be permitted at designated sites. For more information on the various approved site locations, see Alcohol Consumption at Designated Picnic Sites.

Sports fields

Fields can be reserved in conjunction with your picnic. League use takes precedence over picnic use, so there may be a limited number of fields/times available. Hourly usage fees apply.


The use of self-contained barbecues is permitted provided that they are a minimum of 6 inches off the ground and placed 30 feet from any flammable materials. All charcoal must be extinguished and then disposed of in a BBQ pit; it is unlawful to dispose of coals anywhere else.

Canopies / Tables / Equipment

The setup of structures such as archways, awnings, or tents may involve additional permitting, inspection, and liability insurance. These structures cannot be fastened to the ground with stakes or by rope to any trees or fixtures on site. Canopies and tents must be 10’ X 10’ or smaller, and no cooking or fires are permitted underneath them.

Signage, decorations and directional aides must be approved by the Bookings Office prior to being put up, and must be removed immediately following your picnic.

Waste Management

The City of Edmonton is committed to reducing waste both at home and in our parks. Please be mindful of the waste you make and do your best to reduce waste by bringing reusable containers and not wasting food. During the event and when you are done with your site, please sort your waste into the appropriate bins. The three bins provided are for food scraps (green), recycling (blue) and garbage (black). If you are unsure of where something goes, look at the signs on the bins or check WasteWise. The bin lids can be removed for disposing of larger items (for example, pizza boxes). The permit holder is responsible for ensuring all garbage has been collected and properly disposed of. 

For more information about waste reduction visit

Dogs and Pets   

Dogs are not permitted within 10 metres of any picnic sites, gazebos, playgrounds or sports fields. Dogs may be walked on trails if they are on a leash. All other pets are not permitted in any City Park. Service animals are permitted.


If you have a personal music player, please keep the sound at a level that is only audible within the boundaries of your reserved area (max 75 dB(A)). DJs, bands and PA systems are not permitted.

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