City Profile
Red Deer
Red Deer

Alberta
Population: 101002

  • With nearly 23 community gardens per 100,000 people, Red Deer is tied with North Vancouver with the highest ratio.
  • At 20 hectares per 1,000 people, Red Deer has the second highest ratio of parkland per population.
  • At nearly 20%, Red Deer has the highest percentage of city land area reserved for parks.
  • Red Deer held weekly pop-up spray parks to engage the community in neighbourhood parks in summer 2019.
  • Red Deer won the parks excellence award at the 2019 Alberta Recreation & Parks Association conference in light of the city’s leading work renovating Discovery Canyon.
  • As COVID-19 rules were often framed in terms of what residents can’t do, in May 2020 Red Deer wrote up positive guidelines of what residents *can *do, encouraging them to (safely) get out into parks.
Data 2020

20

ha parkland per 1000 people

2019 ha total parkland

49%

of total parkland is natural area

990 total ha

19%

of total city land is parkland

10701 ha of total city area

2

Dog parks

23

Community gardens/urban farms

18

Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)

Distance to park: 400 m

4.3

volunteers per 1000 people

430 total

3

community park groups

Yes

Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?

Adopt-a-Park

Community park group program

$103

Parks operating budget per person

$10,353,702 total

$3,085,558

Total parks capital budget

Yes

Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

10% of development site or cash-in-lieu¹

¹Environmental Reserves taken in accordance with the Municipal Government Act also contribute to the City's parkland development. Red Deer offers special policy protection to environmentally significant areas through the A2 Environmental Preservation District (not parks-specific). A major windstorm in Red Deer in 2017 has required continued clean-up, including this year.

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