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Project Overview

The Vendors in Parks (V.I.P.) Pop-Up Program was created to help support local business and our economy while enhancing your enjoyment of Calgary’s parks this summer, we’re activating City green spaces with a trial program of hosting a variety of pop-up vendors.

Option to leave feedback

A downloadable version of the survey to be completed and emailed or mailed back to us.

Project Background

The Parks Seasonal Vendor program has been formally in place since it was piloted in 2017. Parks & Open Spaces had been permitting vendors in parks for several years prior to this but did not have a formal application process. This program was intended to allow vendors who would enhance park goers experience in the park.

The vendors would sign on to either be open through the spring/summer season or the fall/winter season. Typically, we did not allow general commercial sales (ex. selling t-shirts) through this program.

This project is looking at expanding the seasonal vendor program to support more types of vendors for a variety of durations through designated pop-up locations in parks in each quadrant of the city as well as looking at the barriers to the current program.

There will be tents set up in South Glenmore Park, Valleyview Park, Shouldice Park and Prairie Winds Park where vendors will be able to apply to set-up for a day, weekend or longer. Through this project there will be a report back to Council at the end of October 2022 to provide an overview of how the new initiative went and what recommendations there are for the future of this program.

Kudos Board

Was there someone or something that you really enjoyed about the Vendors in Parks program? Post-it here and we'll include it in our final report! Thank you!

8 October, 2022

JulesnRoo says:

i think it would be great to have a hot chocolate truck or coffee truck in the parks during the Winter Months.

8 September, 2022

Garry Nolte says:

Venders are great but food prices are insane There should be afforadable

7 September, 2022

Dan says:

Providing vendors activates parks space. It also adds great amenity under loved location. More of this please - everywhere!

6 September, 2022

Andi markin says:

I make icecream and infuse it with tea, my flavours are chai latte, London Fog, bubblegum, chocolate merlot, lavender honey and mint

6 September, 2022

Joel says:

Focus should really be on the river pathways - there's such a strong network but few places to stop immediately on the path. More kiosks!

2 September, 2022

Brian says:

Love the ice cream kiosk at the Peace Bridge - a great amenity in a perfect location. More of this please - everywhere!

1 September, 2022

Walk and Stop says:

Every park should have a River Cafe style of restaurant in it. Wouldn't that be lovely and progressive.

1 September, 2022

a says:

I have never heard of this program. I frequent Sandy Beach, North Glenmore and Richmond park. Why no restaurants in theses parks?

10 July, 2022

Bike says:

Would like to see somewhere to ride up on your bike and get something to drink or eat.

29 June, 2022

Moose says:

Visited the Uk and was reminded of how they have integrated vendors at their parks. Little independent cafes where people can enjoy a drink.

An image of Prairie Winds Park. There is a grassy hill in the foreground with a playground with trees in the background.  Partial view of the neighbourhood further back of the image

Prairie Winds Park