City of Calgary – July Community Updates

  • New changes to the Residential Parking Permit (RPP): To respond to resident concerns and to accommodate requests to review parking signage, The City will not start charging parking permit user fees until Monday, December 4, 2023Until then, there is only a fee to obtain a Market Permit or Low-Income Market Permit. Important: Calgarians only need a parking permit if they want to park on-street where there are parking restriction signs on their block. If parking restrictions are no longer required on a block, please call 311 or submit an online service request. Requests made by Monday, July 31, 2023 will be reviewed by December 4, 2023 to determine if restrictions can be modified. Residents will be notified if they do not have to renew their permit.  You can find more information here.
  • Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards – The Government of Alberta has announced its Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award program.  If you know of an outstanding volunteer who has made a difference in the community that you would like to nominate for this award, please visit There awards are being presented in the categories of youth, adult, senior and breaking barriers.  Deadline for nominations is September 15, 2023.
  • Farm Stand Program – The Farm Stand program with The City of Calgary is pleased to support bringing more locally and regionally grown food into more Calgary communities while providing support to our local farmers. The Farm Stand Program supports 8 incredible local and regional farmers and vendors.
  • People, Parks, and Dogs Survey – Calgary has more than 150 off-leash areas (more than almost all cities in the WORLD!). These green spaces mean humans and their dogs can exercise, have fun and make social connections. But, when you have this many people and animals together, problems can pop (or poop) up.  This survey will help us increase our awareness and knowledge of parks, people and dogs. The survey takes less than five minutes. All responses are appreciated and anonymous. People, Parks, and Dogs Survey 2023 – Web Survey Tools | QuestionPro Survey
  • Fruit Trees from Parks – Line Locates Required

Parks will be facilitating delivery of fruit trees to selected community associations in late July or early August.  To ensure safe installation, groups receiving trees are required to have line locates for public, private and irrigation lines completed prior to delivery.  Line locates can be booked by calling 311.  Groups should keep line locate records on file.   

  • PlayBins in Parks

Looking for a fun way to spend a day at the park? Our new PlayBins are treasure chests filled with games, recreation equipment, fun activities and so much more. All you have to do is Unlock the PlayBin…and discover the treasures within!

To access the PlayBin click here and fill in the required information. Once you submit your information an access code for the combination lock will be sent to the email address you provided. If you do not have access to an email account, please contact 311 for assistance.

  • Please note, this is a shared PlayBin – other community members may be using the equipment at the same time.  Be courteous of fellow PlayBin users and park visitors.
  • Please be safe and take care of the equipment. Please also place all equipment back in the PlayBin when you are all played out and lock the bin if you are the last players onsite.
  • Did you have fun with the PlayBin? Fill out a quick survey to tell us your thoughts. And please let us know If you notice anything missing or damaged.

PlayBins are used at your own risk. Please be sure to play safe and have FUN!

PlayBin locations:

  • Main Streets Survey (Surveys expected to close in mid-September)

The Main Streets Program is launching the second annual Main Streets Metrics Survey. Last year produced a wealth of information for the project team to implement into future planning and design efforts. 

Until approximately mid-September, the surveys will once again be advertised City-wide and all Calgarians are welcome and encouraged to fill it out. Two surveys are available: one for the public and one for businesses along Calgary’s 24 Main Streets.   

This is the publics annual opportunity to provide comments and contribute their feedback to the long-term success of Main Streets. The following items have been attached to aid you in your communications, or if you wish to support this effort on your social media accounts and/or newsletters. 

Any questions can be directed to and a member of the project team will respond as soon as possible.