City Profile

Population: 1267342

  • With 152 off-leash areas, Calgary has the second highest total number and the third highest when population is factored in, at 12 per 100,000 people.
  • Calgary is one of 19% of cities with a standalone biodiversity strategy.
  • At nearly $1.7 million, Calgary pulled in the second highest amount in outside funding for parks.
  • Through a collaborative effort that involved different city departments as well as artists and biologists, Calgary opened the unique Dale Hodges Park in 2019, also serving as a stormwater treatment facility.
  • Calgary led public engagement in summer 2019 to gauge support for a potential pilot project to allow alcohol consumption at certain park picnic sites.
  • Through the Creating Coventry project, the city teamed up with a community association in the Coventry Hills area to engage residents about local park and playground improvements, publishing a report following the process.
2020 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

8412 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

4630 total ha


of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

2100 total ha


of total city land is parkland

84,820 ha of total city area


Dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms


Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)

Distance to park: 450m or a 5 minute walk


volunteers per 1000 people

4300 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?

Green Leaders

Community park group program


Parks operating budget per person

$81,657,970 total


Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

10% of development site or cash-in-lieu

¹Budget numbers reported last year were from 2018.

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