The latest park data from our surveys of 35 municipalities and over 2000 residents of Canadian cities.
Ensuring park budgets keep pace with elevated park use is a persistent, overarching challenge with far-reaching impacts, both within parks and within municipalities.
City residents are less likely to perceive their parks as well cared for compared to two years ago, and some city staff are facing burnout and overwork in the absence of adequate resourcing.
However, the public places high value on investing in green space, with the vast majority of city residents in favour of boosted park budgets.
Insufficient budgets causing delays, reduced maintenance
We asked: If your operating budget is insufficient, how does this impact your parks department?
Maintenance is the top public priority
We asked: If city park budgets are limited, where would you prefer municipalities prioritize resources and funding?