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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Liquor Consumption Now Permitted at John Peake and Sunset Parks as Part of Pilot Project

Alcohol Now Permitted

The City of Chestermere’s Alcohol in the Parks pilot project is now available at two City parks, allowing for responsible alcohol consumption within clearly designated areas of John Peake and Sunset Parks. 

Parkgoers now have the option of having an alcoholic beverage between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at both City parks. Users may roam around the large grassy areas with an alcoholic beverage as long as they remain within the clearly defined areas found on posted signage at the parks.

The City of Chestermere asks users to drink responsibly and please be respectful to other park users and their surroundings. 

The City is also asking parkgoers to tell us about their user experience with the pilot project. Users can access our feedback link through QR codes posted in the parks or by visiting Chestermere.ca/parkfeedback.

Important Details:

  • This pilot project will only take place at John Peake Park and Sunset Park.
  • These locations were chosen with surrounding areas in mind, ensuring proper distance from playgrounds and family-central locations, with access to portable washrooms.
  • It will allow the consumption of wine, coolers, beer, cider, liqueurs and similar type products ONLY in the grassy areas of the parks - not in the parking lots or sidewalks. The consumption of any “spirits” is prohibited in an open space. 
  • Consumption will be allowed between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. ONLY.
  • No glass beverage containers are allowed.
  • Disruptive behaviour, public intoxication, and public urination WILL NOT be tolerated. Users are expected to be respectful of other parkgoers and to clean up after themselves.
  • As this is a pilot project, if unacceptable behaviour becomes an issue, the City of Chestermere Administration/Municipal Enforcement reserves the right to cancel the program at any time, without warning.

After reviewing feedback from the City’s public consultation, other City units such as Community Peace Officers, RCMP, and legal counsel earlier in the summer, Chestermere City Council decided to proceed with introducing the “Alcohol in the Parks” pilot program. The pilot will be reviewed again in late Fall. Amendments were made to the Community Standards Bylaw (004-12) in conjunction with these groups to allow for the project to proceed.

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