We’ve switched to biennial data gathering for the city profiles — The data available here was collected in early 2022 and originally published in last year’s Canadian City Parks Report.
City Profile
British Columbia
Population: 144,576
  • Kelowna is above average for percentage of parkland that is natural area at 75%.
  • Kelowna is one of 67% of cities with a climate change action plan that includes parks.
  • Kelowna is one of 57% of cities that has a seniors strategy that includes parks.
  • Kelowna’s 2040 Official Community Plan includes a Reconciliation and Celebration of Indigenous Culture policy for parks, with a goal of including “spaces in parks that provide opportunities for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples of Canada, and celebrate Indigenous culture, particularly syilx/Okanagan culture.”
  • The city is collaborating with the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative to implement management practices that best integrate species-at-risk and critical habitat considerations within the city's parks and natural areas, using GIS tracking and monitoring.
  • The city is investing $31.1 million into developing new parks and public spaces, as well as improvements to existing parks. More than half of the funds are sourced from Parks Development Cost Charges, which are collected from land developers whenever a project increases density in the city.
of total city land is parkland

21,777 ha of total city area

Excludes an additional 94 ha of school district lands under separate city maintenance agreements.
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ha of institutional & other public green space
Parkland provision goal (distance to park / ha per 1000 people)

Recreation Parks - serve 45,000 people within a radius of 5 km Community Parks - serve 12,000 people within 3 km Neighbourhood Parks - serve 2,000 people within 1 km

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