City Profile

Population: 131,700

  • Kingston is one of 50% of cities that have a policy to waive permit fees for groups that show financial need.
  • Kingston is one of 56% of cities with a park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
  • Kingston is one of 82% of cities that offer a community grant program that can be used for parks.
  • The City launched Love Kingston Marketplace at Springer Market Square that included vendor stalls, bistro seating, kids activities, and a night market to provide safe outdoor activities during COVID-19.
  • Due out in fall 2021, Kingston is developing a Climate Leadership Plan to guide decisions moving forward and lay the foundation for future generations.
  • Kingston currently has a partnership with the French school board to develop a park that is adjacent to the future school—a strategy the city uses to develop schools and parks in a more integrated manner.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

644 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

201 total ha


of total city land is parkland

45,119 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms

4 ha per 1000 people

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


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need



Total parks capital budget


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

Municipalities are able to require up to 5% of the land area of a residential development for parkland or, through an alternate rate bylaw, one hectare in land per 300 units or the equivalent in cash-in-lieu of one hectare per 500 units. Municipalities are also able to require 2% of commercial or non-residential development for parkland or the equivalent in cash-in-lieu. Municipalities may also fund eligible parks improvements through Development Charges and may choose to collect funding for parkland through a Community Benefits Charge, but overlap between these tools must be avoided.

¹Includes projects that were carried over from last year as they were not completed due to the pandemic. *The city has policy to designate ESAs but data within city parks system is unavailable.

Community grant program
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