City Profile
Edmonton
Edmonton

Alberta
Population: 972223

  • Edmonton is one of a third of cities with an off-leash dog park plan.
  • With nearly 8 community gardens per 100,000 people, Edmonton is above the median of 5.
  • Edmonton is one of 56% of cities that offers a community park group program.
  • Edmonton is piloting driverless electric lawn mowers that are programmable, self docking and will potentially run on solar power, as well as autonomous snow blowers.
  • In winter 2020, the annual Flying Canoë Volant Festival celebrating Métis and francophone culture saw participants fly down Gallagher Park’s hill in canoes as part of a “Canadian triathlon” that also involved log-sawing and axe-throwing.
  • In May 2020, reopening dog parks was one of the first steps Edmonton took in easing its COVID-19 restrictions.
Data 2020

6.4

ha parkland per 1000 people

6177 ha of total parkland

30%

of total parkland is natural area

1856 total ha

2%

of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

130 total ha

8%

of total city land is parkland

78310 ha of total city area

43

Dog parks

75

Community gardens/urban farms

500 m

Parkland provision goal (distance to park)

or a 10 minute walk

6.3

volunteers per 1000 people

6106 total

12

community park groups

No

Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?

Partners in Parks

Community park group program

$42

Parks operating budget per person

$40,830,079 total

$3,150,000

Total parks capital budget¹

$800,000

Total philanthropy/sponsorships

Yes

Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

10% of development site or cash-in-lieu

¹ Excludes staff salaries/wages.

Edmonton underwent a municipal annexation in 2019. The city also experienced a heavy rain year, which led to $1.8 million overspent on turf operations.

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