City Profile
Calgary
Calgary

Alberta
Population: 1267342

  • 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.
2020 Data

6.6

ha parkland per 1000 people

8412 ha of total parkland

55%

of total parkland is natural area

4630 total ha

25%

of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

2100 total ha

10%

of total city land is parkland

84,820 ha of total city area

152

Dog parks

56

Community gardens/urban farms

2

Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)

Distance to park: 450m or a 5 minute walk

3.4

volunteers per 1000 people

4300 total

7

community park groups

Yes

Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?

Green Leaders

Community park group program

$64¹

Parks operating budget per person

$81,657,970 total

$33,417,788¹

Total parks capital budget

$1,695,000

Total philanthropy/sponsorships

Yes

Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

10% of development site or cash-in-lieu

¹Budget numbers reported last year were from 2018.

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