City Profile
Vancouver
Vancouver

British Columbia
Population: 646700

  • At 110 groups, Vancouver reported the most park groups and has the second highest rate of volunteers at about 22 per 1,000 people.
  • Vancouver is one of 19% of cities with a standalone biodiversity strategy, one of two cities with a bird strategy, and one of 63% with a citywide park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
  • At 2 hectares of parkland per 1,000 people, Vancouver sits in line with other dense cities such as Montreal and Toronto.
  • In 2019, Vancouver released the final report comprising VanPlay—the city’s park master plan that lays out a 25-year vision for parks that prioritizes equity, asset needs, and connectivity.
  • The city is investing $4.5 million in upgrading 7 playgrounds, with a focus on risky play and social spaces for all ages.
  • Vancouver has started construction on a new $13.8 million downtown park with an elevated walkway and cafe.
Data 2020

2

ha parkland per 1000 people

1262 ha total parkland

38%

of total parkland is natural area

482 total ha

11%

of total city land is parkland

11497 ha of total city area

38

Dog parks

36

Community gardens/urban farms

1.1

Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)¹

21.6

volunteers per 1000 people

1400 total

110

community park groups

No

Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?

1

Community park group program

Park Stewardship Program

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

Community grant program

$82

Parks operating budget per person

$52,800,000 total²

$143,700,000²

Total parks capital budget

$1,045,710

Total philanthropy/sponsorships

¹This is a citywide target. How this applies to neighbhourhoods and communities is determined using the Parks Asset Target in VanPlay. ²Increase from 2019 due to improvements in data reporting.

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