- With nearly 4 off-leash dog areas per 100,000 residents, Kingston is above the median.
- Kingston is one of 52% of cities with a policy to waive park permit fees for financial need.
- Kingston is one of 63% of cities with a citywide park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
- Two new community orchards are being developed at Lakeside Community Garden and Oak Street Community Garden, thanks to the city’s community orchard and edible forest policy.
- Kingston community groups launched the Gardening for Good campaign to promote food growing in the city and help advocate for the province to declare community gardens essential services during COVID-19.
- The city provides free, family-friendly summer programming at local parks through its Neighbourhood Parks Program.
ha parkland per 1000 people
644 ha of total parkland
of total parkland is natural area
201 total ha
of total city land is parkland
45119 ha of total city area
Community gardens/urban farms
Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)
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
Community Benefits Charge¹
¹This tool was introduced in 2019 and is still under review. Previous Provincial legislation allowed 5% of development site or cash-in-lieu. The City of Kingston has a policy in place to designate ESAs, however the data for ESAs within the municipal parks system is unavailable. Due to significant storm damage this year particularly along the waterfront, many projects have been focused on repairing infrastructure.
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