- Gatineau has the third highest amount of parkland per population, with nearly 18 hectares per 1,000 people.
- At 66%, Gatineau has the fourth highest ratio of parkland that is natural area.
- Gatineau is one of 52% of cities with a policy to waive park permit fees for financial need.
- After 2017 and 2019 floods required residents to vacate their properties in the Pointe-Gatineau neighbourhood, the city has dedicated $1.4 million to redevelop and beautify the now-vacant lots.
- Gatineau hosted an internal parks forum with speakers and brainstorm sessions to kick-off their parks master plan process, inviting city councillors, city staff, and non-profit partners.
- In 2019, the annual Grand Ménage clean-up activity which targets green spaces had a budget of $32,000 and mobilized more than 16,000 participants who collected around 5 tonnes of waste.
ha parkland per 1000 people
5,000 ha of total parkland¹
of total parkland is natural area
3310 total ha
of parkland is environmentally significant/protected
10 total ha
of total city land is parkland
34194 ha of total city area
Community gardens/urban farms
Parkland provision goal (distance to park)
Neighbourhood park: 800 mCommunity park: 800 to 5,000 m
community park groups
Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?
Community grant program
Parks operating budget per person
Total parks capital budget
Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development
10% of the development site or cash-in-lieu
¹This total does not include roughly 2300 hectares of provincially or federally owned green space in the city. In addition, 41% of land within the city is agriculturally zoned, protecting it from development. Extreme weather events and floods have had significant impacts on Gatineau’s park system this year.
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