New COVID measures are officially in place province-wide but fear not! The City of Calgary is doing what they can to prevent anyone from feeling alone during a time of year where most of us are used to the company of family and friends.

In an effort to promote safe socialization, some public parks have been fitted with temporary fire pits and, as if that wasn’t cool enough, they’re also offering free wood.

“COVID has been tough on all of us. We’re warming up select parks with temporary free-to-use fire pits this winter so you can gather with your family or cohorts safely outside,” the city wrote on their website.

Fire pits can be used anytime between 9 am and 9 pm, or can be booked between the hours of 12 am to 3 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm every day of the week. As for the firewood? Bundles will be available at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary from Thursday through Saturday, 12 pm to 4 pm.

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Here’s where you can find Calgary’s temporary fire pits!

  • Collingwood Off-leash Park at 1823 John Laurie Blvd. N.W.
  • Country Hills Park at 529 Country Hills Dr. N.W.
  • Crescent Heights Park at 201 2nd St. N.W.
  • Hillhurst – Riley Park at 800 12th St. N.W.
  • Sunnyside – 625 3rd Ave. N.W.
  • Big Marlborough Park – 6021 Madigan Dr. N.E.
  • Taradale – Manmeet Singh Bhullar Park at 7306 64th Ave. N.E.
  • Bridgeland Plaza – 912 General Ave. N.E.
  • Spruce Cliff – Cedar Crescent Park at 411 Cedar Cr. S.W.
  • Evergreen Park – 1611 Evergreen Dr. S.W.
  • Meadowlark Park – 20 MacKay Dr. S.W.
  • Copperfield Park – 41 Copperfield Pt. S.E.

And as a bonus, here’s where you’ll find the city’s permanent ones: 

  • Bowness Park – 8900 48th Ave. N.W.
  • Shouldice Park – 4900 Monserrat Dr. N.W.
  • Prairie Winds Park – 223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.
  • Edworthy Park – 5050 Spruce Dr. S.W.
  • North Glenmore Park – 7305 Crowchild Tr. S.W.
  • South Glenmore Park – 90th Ave. & 24th St. S.W.
  • Sandy Beach – 4500 14A St. S.W
  • Stanley Park – 4011 1A St. S.W.

Please remember that you should only be gathering with a limit of 10 other people who are in your “social bubble,” and that everyone should remain two metres apart! We’ve still got guidelines to abide by, folks! 

Interested? To book yours – check out the City of Calgary website here and have (safe and responsibly distanced) fun!