City Profile

British Columbia
Population: 231,689

  • Richmond has the third most community parks groups of cities under 500,000 in population.
  • Richmond is one of 50% of cities with a community park group program.
  • Richmond is one of 56% of cities with a park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
  • Richmond expedited construction of new community gardens in response to growing demand during the pandemic.
  • The new Alexandra Neighbourhood Park, which will link together the North and South sections of the Alexandra Greenway, is coming to Richmond thanks to a $1-million COVID-recovery grant from the province.
  • A new plan is proposed for Richmond’s Minoru Park, which would see the park’s lakes renewed and made smaller but deeper.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

871 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

240 total ha


of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

90 total ha


of total city land is parkland

12,927 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms


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

City-wide: 3.1 ha / 1000 population City Centre: 1.3 ha / 1000 population


volunteers / 1000 people

89 total


community park groups



Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Parks operating budget per person

$15,091,407 total



Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


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

5% of the land area of subdivision type development or cash-in-lieu. Municipalities may also fund parkland through Development Cost Charges.

¹The City of Richmond does not issue park permits and therefore there are no fees. ²Excludes parkland acquisition and repayment.

Community park group program
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