- Richmond is one of three municipalities that have 100% of park washrooms open for use year-round.
- Richmond is one of 53% of cities with a park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
- Richmond is one of 63% of cities that has an accessibility strategy that includes parks.
- Richmond’s Nectar Trail supports pollinators by encouraging residents to plant and maintain small plots of pollinator plants throughout the city. Residents can mark their garden’s location on the interactive map so that the city can identify and address gaps with stepping stone habitats.
- A bat condo has been added to Terra Nova Rural Park. The city hopes that the installation will become home to over 3,000 bats of several species, including the threatened little brown bat. The bat condo is installed in an undisclosed location in the park to prevent disruption from human visitors.
- Minoru Park is being refurbished with a “new cascading waterfall, new plaza areas, paved pathways and boardwalks with lighting and new plantings.” The improvements will support the ecological benefits of the park’s artificial lakes that were originally built in the 1970s.
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)
1,004 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
370 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
634 ha total
12,927 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.
40 winterized public washrooms
City-wide: 3.1 ha per 1000 people City centre: 1.3 ha per 1000 people
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.
134 total park volunteers
5,500 total park volunteer hours