EDMONTON — Starting Friday, Edmontonians are legally able to drink alcohol at designated park sites across the city.
The pilot program, approved earlier in May, allows alcohol consumption at 47 sites in seven public parks between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
A sign reading “Alcohol permitted at this picnic sites,” outlining the major rules, is posted at each location.
Some sites must be booked in advance online, while others operate as first come, first served.
“I don’t think it’s a problem as long as they’re not overdoing it,” one park user told CTV News Edmonton.
Another said, “I guess it depends on the people… I think it’s a great idea for people who are just out having a picnic with family and friends.”
The pilot will run until Oct. 11 with peace officers enforcing the rules.
The city is collecting feedback on the pilot and will report back to council at the end of the year.
The survey, full rules, and booking site are available online.
Only bookings by groups of five or fewer are being accepted as per provincial gathering limits.
Previously, alcohol consumption was not permitted in any park without a festival and event licence.
Drinking at a non-designated site can result in a warning or a ticket.
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