Casual Use Activities

The City of Kelowna has beautiful parks and neighbourhood spaces available for all different types of gatherings and we encourage the public to enjoy our community's natural assets.

'Casual Use' can be defined as informal activities such as birthday parties, staff luncheons, family reunions, and picnics. While park space cannot be reserved for these types of gatherings, users are welcome to animate the spaces, following our Casual Use Guidelines.

Casual Use Guidelines
  • Parks and public spaces cannot be used exclusively and are on a first-come, first-served basis. You cannot ask anyone to move.
  • Tents must be weighted, as staking (ground penetration) is not permitted. Tents cannot be bigger than 10’x10’.
  • Tying to infrastructure or trees is not permitted.
  • Portable propane barbeques; which are CSA/ULC approved are acceptable in park space only and must be kept a minimum 1 meter away from the nearest structure. During high risk fire season, BBQ use may be restricted.
  • Food can only be for attendees. Food service to the public is not permitted.
  • Inflatable play structures are not authorized for casual use.
  • Amplified sound is strongly discouraged. Please respect other users of the area.
  • Alcohol is not permitted.
  • No smoking. All City of Kelowna parks and public spaces are smoke free.
  • You are responsible for cleaning up any garbage or recycling generated from your gathering and removing it from the site.
  • Any walkway or sidewalk use must follow rules of the road when crossing roadways and no marking of sidewalks or pathways is permitted.
Things to Think About

Location

  • When choosing a location, our Parks have varying amenities ranging from washrooms, portable washrooms, picnic tables, playgrounds, waterparks, sport fields, parking availability, etc. Please visit Parks and Beaches for photos and list of amenities at each location.

Timing

  • Our Event Services Office supports over 160 events annually on our City's outdoor spaces. We recommend visiting our Event Calendar to determine availability in your park of choice. City Park and Waterfront Park are key event parks; ensure the park is available before planning your gathering.
Other Types of Events/Activities

If your event or activity does not fall under 'Casual Use', it may be one of the following:

Outdoor Event

An event or activity open to the general public. Examples include concerts, fundraising walks, races, festivals, etc. An Outdoor Event Permit is required to book and use the space. Please visit Plan an Outdoor Event for more information.

Block Party/Neighbourhood Event

If you are considering hosting a neighbourhood get-together, please visit Neighbourhood Events for more information on hosting opportunities and grants options.

The Regional District allows bookings for recreational activities in some of their parks. You can call 250-469-6139 for more information.

If you are uncertain a permit is required for your event, or have any questions, please contact our Events Team at 250-469-8423 or outdoorevents@kelowna.ca.