On October 11, 2021, the pilot project that permitted alcohol consumption at designated picnic sites concluded. Alcohol consumption in all public parks and picnic spaces is now no longer permitted. 

Originally known as Riverside Park, Queen Elizabeth Park was renamed in 1939 by Edmonton City Council to honor the visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The park was home to Edmonton’s first swimming pool, the Southside Pool, built in 1922. Rising costs of maintenance on the aging pool and a crack in the pool basin led to its closure in 2004, and in 2011 a new pool opened just down the hill in Kinsmen Park. The park is now home to picnic areas, trails, a playground and ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞.