City Profile

New Brunswick
Population: 63445

  • With nearly 8 community gardens per 100,000 people, Fredericton is above the median of 5.
  • Fredericton is above average in parkland per population, at 12 hectares per 1,000 people.
  • Fredericton brought in $10,000 in outside funding this year, making it one of 56% of cities who reported funding from corporate or philanthropic sources.
  • In early 2020, the city released final draft management plans for Odell Park and Killarney Lake Park that set a long-term strategy for these two major parks, and designate distinct management zones within each park to balance ecology and recreation.
  • Guided by public engagement, the city has developed initial plans for a new park in the Lian Valcour Neighbourhood which will feature natural play equipment and all-ages design.
  • Fredericton is running a pilot project to install smart sensors on infrastructure in parks to capture baseline data on park use prior to redesign.
Data 2020


ha parkland per 1000 people

786 ha of total parkland¹


of total parkland is natural area

211 total ha


of total city land is parkland

13410 ha of total city area


Dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms


volunteers per 1000 people

550 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?


Parks operating budget per person

$2,508,000 total


Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

8% or Cash-in-Lieu

¹This total does not include lands belonging to the University of New Brunswick, which are also used by City residents for walking, hiking etc. There are 1851 hectares of environmentally significant areas (EOS lands) in Fredericton in total, however the number of hectares within the municipal parks system is unavailable. Extreme weather events, and Hurricane Arthur in particular, have had significant impacts on Fredericton's park system.

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