City Profile

Population: 972,223

  • Edmonton has the second most hectares of parkland per population of cities over 500,000 with 6.2 hectares per thousand people.
  • Edmonton is nearly 1.5 times the average of community gardens relative to population with 11 gardens per 100,000 thousand people.
  • Edmonton is one of 72% of cities that has a climate change action plan that includes parks.
  • In response to COVID-19, the city piloted 29 new pop-up community gardens—a program continuing in 2021—and the new City Farm that repurposed nearly 14 hectares of land to produce food for donation to Edmontonians in need.
  • Edmonton’s newly released Indigenous Framework, co-created with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community partners, and youth, outlines 4 roles and 7 commitments to guide city staff, including parks staff, in building relationships with Indigenous peoples.
  • To help keep washrooms open during COVID-19, Edmonton hired washroom attendants contracted through Boyle Street Services, a local social services agency. The attendants, who are trained in working with vulnerable populations and may experience employment barriers themselves, provided added custodial services as well as referrals to local services.
2021 Data



ha parkland per 1000 people

6036 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

2492 total ha


of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

142 total ha


of total city land is parkland

78,310 ha of total city area


dog parks



Community gardens/urban farms

500 m / 10 minute walk

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


volunteers / 1000 people

197 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need


Parks operating budget per person

$40,151,907 total


Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


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

10% of the development site or cash-in-lieu

¹Change from 2020 related to improved accuracy in data reporting. ²Includes 29 pop-up community gardens created in 2020 as part of the city's COVID-19 response.

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