- With 152 off-leash areas, Calgary has the second highest total number and the third highest when population is factored in, at 12 per 100,000 people.
- Calgary is one of 19% of cities with a standalone biodiversity strategy.
- At nearly $1.7 million, Calgary pulled in the second highest amount in outside funding for parks.
- Through a collaborative effort that involved different city departments as well as artists and biologists, Calgary opened the unique Dale Hodges Park in 2019, also serving as a stormwater treatment facility.
- Calgary led public engagement in summer 2019 to gauge support for a potential pilot project to allow alcohol consumption at certain park picnic sites.
- Through the Creating Coventry project, the city teamed up with a community association in the Coventry Hills area to engage residents about local park and playground improvements, publishing a report following the process.
ha parkland per 1000 people
8412 ha of total parkland
of total parkland is natural area
4630 total ha
of parkland is environmentally significant/protected
2100 total ha
of total city land is parkland
84,820 ha of total city area
Community gardens/urban farms
Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)
Distance to park: 450m or a 5 minute walk
volunteers per 1000 people
community park groups
Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?
Community park group program
Parks operating budget per person
Total parks capital budget
Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development
10% of development site or cash-in-lieu
¹Budget numbers reported last year were from 2018.
Parks Master Plans
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