The City has allowed vendors and commercial bookings in parks for many years. They can range from food services to fitness activities, to repair services for bicycles. In the past requests for vendor activities have been approved through a park permit, or on a site-specific basis.

The number of requests from vendors has increased, and it is clear that a formal process is needed to make sure that any vendor activity fits in with the park, and approvals are consistent across the city.

To help this we are running a vendors in parks pilot program in 2017. Through this pilot, we are encouraging park users to enjoy the benefits that these natural spaces offer.

Provide feedback below or learn more about the pilot program.


The opportunity to provide feedback is now closed. Thanks to those who provided their input.

We want to understand how Calgarians feel about having vendors in Calgary parks. Specifically, we’d like to know if park users used the vendors, what they thought of them, if other park spaces or services are more appropriate, and how having these services changed how people enjoyed their park experience.

We are not evaluating a specific vendor, their business operations or performance. Our survey asks you to think more generally about vendors in parks.

The feedback collected through public engagement, along with impacts to operations, will help us decide if vendor services in parks will continue in Calgary beyond 2017. We will share a ‘what we heard report’ on this page in July after public engagement is complete.

The parks below were the ones we collected your about. This online engagement was open from May 3 to August 8, 2017.