- Thunder Bay has the highest percentage of parkland that is natural area at 85%.
- Thunder Bay has the third most hectares of parkland relative to population with 19 hectares per thousand people.
- Thunder Bay is one of 57% of cities that has a seniors strategy that includes parks.
- A baseball diamond at Chapples Park was recently converted into Thunder Bay’s first official cricket pitch, meeting demand from local cricketers and making the city more welcoming to a growing population of international students.
- A 250-metre skating trail opened at Vickers Park to diversify the activities open to local residents this past winter. The skating trail was a pilot to test the types of ice conditions the city would be able to maintain, with the hopes that the trail will return in future winter seasons.
- The newly opened Northwood Splash Pad includes a Water is Life theme based on Anishnawbe teachings and features Indigenous storytelling elements, informed by consultation with local First Nations communities.
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)
2,070 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
1,769 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
301 ha total
32,824 ha of total city area
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.
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.
Parks operating expenditures / person
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