- Kitchener is above average for percentage of parkland that is natural area at 52%.
- Kitchener is one of 57% of cities that has a seniors strategy that includes parks.
- Kitchener is one of 63% of cities that has an accessibility strategy that includes parks.
- In Kitchener, biodiversity and naturalization work is being baked into park renewal projects. In 2022, a “microforest” will be established at Westwood Park, and other park renewal programs focus on alternative plantings that enhance biodiversity.
- While most cities in Canada are losing green space, Kitchener is one of a few cities that saw an increase in “greenness” between 2011 and 2019, according to a new Statistics Canada ecosystem accounting program.
- The city is adding trails and parks to Google Street View this summer to improve residents’ knowledge of trail conditions and amenities, allowing them to discover new green spaces within the city. An electric-powered tricycle driven by a student wearing a 360-degree camera on their helmet will capture the action.
Total hectares of parkland and green space that is publicly accessible and owned, leased, or under a management agreement by the municipality. This number should capture all parks and green spaces that are perceived/used by residents similarly to parkland.
Specifically, it should include:
- Actively managed parkland
- Natural parkland/areas
- Other municipally owned, managed, or leased open spaces that are used as public green space
- Golf courses
- School yards, if owned/maintained by the municipality
- Active (open) cemeteries
- Sports stadia
- Parking lots
- Institutional and other publicly owned green space
- Other parks/green spaces that are not owned, managed or leased by the municipality (e.g. privately owned public spaces)
1,722 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
895 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
of parkland is actively managed
14,020 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.
2 winterized public washrooms
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.
Total amount donated to the city through philanthropic sources or corporate sponsorship in 2021 to fund park-based projects.
- general revenue generated by the city (e.g. through user fees, park bench dedication programs, etc.)
- provincial/federal government grants
450 total park volunteers