- At 77%, Halifax has the highest ratio of parkland that is natural area.
- Halifax is above average in parkland per population, at nearly 13 hectares per 1,000 people.
- Halifax is one of 63% of cities with a citywide park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
- The new 152-hectare Shaw Wilderness Park is coming to Halifax, funded by all three levels of government plus private donations.
- Halifax is developing a playing field strategy to better understand usage and inventory requirements, and to create field quality standards.
- Accessibility audits in Halifax parks are planned within the 2020-2021 Business Plan.
ha parkland per 1000 people
5425 ha of total parkland
of total parkland is natural area
4185 total ha²
of total city land is parkland
592700 ha of total city area
Community gardens/urban farms
community park groups
Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?
Parks operating budget per person
Total parks capital budget
Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development
10% of development site or cash-in-lieu
¹Source: 2018 Statistics Canada, Annual Demographic Estimates ²Includes natural areas within all parks greater than 3 hectares. Increase from 2019 due to improvements in data collection—last year only natural areas within parks over 50 hectares had been parsed. ³Halifax Regional Municipality is ~5930 km2, where ~75% of the area is unsettled, containing vast areas of crown land and lakes, which yields a very small percentage of parkland. ⁴Includes dedicated and seasonal off-leash areas. ⁵Decrease from 2019 due to last year's budgets including indoor recreation facilities, whereas these budgets are parks-specific.
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