- Guelph has the highest number of volunteers relative to population at nearly 15 volunteers per thousand people.
- Guelph has the second highest number of dog parks relative to population size, or over 3 times the average, at 35 dog parks per 100,000 people.
- Guelph is one of 20% of cities with a biodiversity strategy.
- Guelph’s new Park Plan was approved by council in April 2022 and the Trail Master Plan was approved last year. Together, these documents will guide parkland acquisition and green space planning to meet the needs of a growing population.
- The city provides a series of recreation programs in parks that support residents’ connection to nature, including BikeWise, a learn-to-bike program for older adults that focuses on local trail riding and nature immersion, and Tales & Trails, a parent and tot program that visits different trails each week and builds crafts using natural materials.
- A new disc golf course opened at Eastview Park, meeting demand for a park amenity that gained popularity over the course of the pandemic.
989 ha total
A natural area is a green space which receives a relatively low level of maintenance and supports natural or naturalizing vegetation. Natural areas may be publicly accessible (e.g. via trail networks) or areas with limited/little public access.
Natural areas may include:
- trails or walkways
- environmentally sensitive/protected areas
- stormwater ponds/water bodies located within natural areas
- parking lots
- actively managed parkland
577 ha total
Total hectares of parkland that is actively maintained by the municipality for community use. These parks often contain built and natural amenities such as: park furniture, planted trees/beds, sports fields, playgrounds, and mown grass.
- plazas and “grey” spaces used for public recreation, when maintained by the parks department
- small ponds/water bodies located within actively managed park spaces
- natural areas
- hazard lands
- school yards
- active (open) cemeteries
- golf courses
- sports stadia
- parking lots
412 ha total
8,930 ha of total city area
Total hectares of parks and publicly accessible green spaces that are owned and maintained as parkland by public entities other than the municipality, such as:
- The federal government
- The province
- A regional government
- Conservation authorities
- School board lands
- Privately owned public spaces
Includes both standalone dog parks and off-leash dog areas within parks.
Community gardens/urban farms are food-growing gardens available for the public to use that may require membership. This includes community orchards.
A playground refers to an area with purpose-built children’s playground equipment present, and may have just one single item of equipment or several items located together.
Total number of permanent public washrooms in parks that are open year-round or seasonally. Excludes portable toilets.
0 winterized public washrooms
2.0 ha/1000 people 5-10 min walk
Direct operating expenditures (not including revenues) for 2021 for maintaining parks and natural areas. This number will be used with your current year population to understand operating budget spent per person.
- planting and maintenance of trees in park/natural areas
- graffiti & vandalism repair
- management, administration & operational staff salaries
- consultant/contractor costs
- parks horticultural plantings
- maintenance of closed cemeteries if carried out from the parks operating budget
- parks litter pickup & waste disposal
- inspection and maintenance of splash pads, playgrounds & outdoor fitness equipment
- maintenance & replacement of park furniture
- public toilets where maintained from parks budget
- sports field maintenance
- snow clearing and ice control for parks & natural areas
- any other parks/green space maintenance costs except cemetery costs where the cemetery is "active"
Excludes: golf courses, swimming pools, indoor recreation facilities/halls, forestry, and zoos.
Capital expenditure for all capital items related to land improvement works completed during the 2021 financial year.
- Both new and renewal work
- Capital items carried forward from previous years
- Salaries and wages for all staff involved in the design, planning and delivery of capital projects.
Includes only volunteers who have worked directly with the municipality (not external organizations). Programming refers to publicly accessible activities and events (e.g., yoga classes, nature walks, park cleanups, farmer's markets, festivals, celebrations, etc.). Programming does not include any large commercial activities, such as a private party.
2,100 total park volunteers
10,000 total park volunteer hours