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About Parks and Recreation

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Parks Planning and Development is responsible for planning, detailed design and development of parks infrastructure, including data base management and parks geographic information. In addition, this service unit oversees the department's specialized equipment maintenance, as well as restoration of flood damage to parks infrastructure and provides information and feedback to other departments with respect to development and issues related to the Parks System.

Parks Maintenance is responsible for operation and maintenance of ~ 255 hectares of irrigated turf grass; propagation, planting and maintenance of ~38,000 bedding plants throughout ~100 ornamental flower beds; maintenance of ~21,500 metres squared of shrub beds; and management of ~28,000 trees in the City’s urban forest.

Parks Operations is responsible for outdoor recreation service delivery as well as operation and maintenance of a broad range of features including maintenance of over ~92 km of leisure trails; 19 ball diamonds; 12 soccer pitches; eight sets of tennis courts; Gas City Campground; Hillside Cemetery and Echo Dale Regional Park. Parks Operations is also responsible for reservations of joint use facilities including: 25 ball diamonds; 26 soccer pitches; eight sets of tennis courts and inspection and maintenance of 76 playgrounds. Liaison with user groups and community sports organizations is captured in this service unit as well as the maintenance and protection of ~1530 hectares of Environmental Reserve and natural areas.

The Recreation and Leisure Services Division is dedicated to providing accessible and affordable facilities and services that encourage active living opportunities for all residents to fully participate in a vibrant, healthy and safe community. The overall goal of the division is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the public while maintaining and increasing the quality of life of our residents.

Administration is responsible for strategic planning, coordinating, directing, supervising, and managing the department’s service units consistent with the approved Business Plan, Operating and Capital Budgets. Administrative support staff provides front counter customer service in person, by telephone and e-mail with a total of ~32,000 service inquiries in 2010. Administration of golf course leases and administrative support to and liaison with the Urban Environment and Recreation Advisory Board is provided through this unit.

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