City Profile
Red Deer
Red Deer

Population: 101002

  • With nearly 23 community gardens per 100,000 people, Red Deer is tied with North Vancouver with the highest ratio.
  • At 20 hectares per 1,000 people, Red Deer has the second highest ratio of parkland per population.
  • At nearly 20%, Red Deer has the highest percentage of city land area reserved for parks.
  • Red Deer held weekly pop-up spray parks to engage the community in neighbourhood parks in summer 2019.
  • Red Deer won the parks excellence award at the 2019 Alberta Recreation & Parks Association conference in light of the city’s leading work renovating Discovery Canyon.
  • As COVID-19 rules were often framed in terms of what residents can’t do, in May 2020 Red Deer wrote up positive guidelines of what residents *can *do, encouraging them to (safely) get out into parks.
Data 2020


ha parkland per 1000 people

2019 ha total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

990 total ha


of total city land is parkland

10701 ha of total city area


Dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms


Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)

Distance to park: 400 m


volunteers per 1000 people

430 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?


Community park group program


Parks operating budget per person

$10,353,702 total


Total parks capital budget


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

10% of development site or cash-in-lieu¹

¹Environmental Reserves taken in accordance with the Municipal Government Act also contribute to the City's parkland development. Red Deer offers special policy protection to environmentally significant areas through the A2 Environmental Preservation District (not parks-specific). A major windstorm in Red Deer in 2017 has required continued clean-up, including this year.

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