City Profile
Richmond Hill

Population: 210,281

  • Richmond Hill is above the average for natural parkland as a percentage of total parkland at 65%
  • Richmond Hill is one of 50% of cities with a community park group program.
  • Richmond Hill is one of 50% of cities that have a policy to waive permit fees for groups that show financial need.
  • Richmond Hill is initiating a review of their parks plan in 2021 to further explore the integration of climate resilience elements into the city’s park system, and to improve access to linear parks and greenway systems for residents and workers along the Yonge Street Growth Corridor.
  • A Section 37 Agreement with the developer of a mixed-use condo development (the first of such agreements in Richmond Hill) will result in the development of Sunnywood Local Park, complete with a playground, fitness equipment, and a multi-use pathway connecting the Linear Strata Park and nearby bike lanes.
  • Richmond Hill extended seasonal use of certain park facilities in response to COVID-19, including keeping six tennis courts and all pickleball courts open through the winter to allow for winter recreation.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

1043 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

683 total ha


of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

64 total ha


of total city land is parkland

10,100 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms

1.52 ha per 1000 people

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


volunteers / 1000 people

183 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Parks operating budget per person

$6,889,200 total


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.

¹There are an additional 935 ha of natural parkland owned by conservation authority and province. ²Decrease from last year due to reclassification of lands. ³Discounts between 30-50% ⁴Decrease from 2020 due to transfer of staff costs from parks operations to the Snow Windrow Program. ⁵Excludes staff salaries.

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