City Profile

Population: 1,283,177¹

  • Calgary has the most hectares of parkland per population of cities over 500,000 with 7 hectares per thousand people.
  • Calgary is one of 28% of cities with a biodiversity strategy.
  • Of cities that reported private funding (e.g, sponsorships, philanthropy) in 2020, Calgary was second with nearly $1.4 million raised.
  • To help people get outdoors safely in winter, Calgary implemented a new firepit program with free 2-hour bookings and free firewood. Starting out with 14 new firepits, the city added 55 more over the next two months to keep up with demand, resulting in over 2000 bookings.
  • In partnership with Arts and Culture, Calgary Parks led Lantern Walks, lighting up one-kilometre pathways in three different parks with tealight candles, including firepits and pop-up entertainment on route.
  • Calgary became the first city in Canada to offer ice bikes at Bowness Park, a park that also contains a new skating trail and a crokicurl rink.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

8932 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

4776 total ha


of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

2217 total ha


of total city land is parkland

84 820 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms


Parkland provision goal (distance to park / ha per 1000 people)

450 m 5 minute walk 2 ha / 1,000



volunteers / 1000 people

3968 total



community park groups



Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?


Parks operating budget per person

$83,261,232 total


Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland dedication, acquisition and/or development

of the development site or cash-in-lieu

¹2019 data ²Reduced due to COVID-19 related program cancellations. ³Additional groups exist, but the total number is not available. ⁴Fees waived informally on a case-by-case basis.

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