The City assembles parks and open spaces through both purchase and through dedication, in conjunction with the development process. Parkland purchases are funded by cash-in-lieu of parkland (CIL) collected from development applications, under the terms set out in the Parkland Dedication By-law. The Parks Planning and Development team delivers approximately 20 hectares (50 acres) of new parkland to City residents each year.
Natural areas (valleylands, tableland woodlots, wetlands, etc.) are required to be conveyed to the City for conservation purposes through the development process. These natural areas are managed by the City for their long term protection and sustainability.
Parkland Service Levels
The City of Brampton strives to meet and exceed its park service levels. A thorough review of this work is documented in a background Discussion Paper prepared as part of the Parkland Dedication By-law Review in 2010. The City's target Parkland Service Levels are:
City Parkland: 0.6 hectares (1.48 acres) per 1,000 persons
Community Parkland: 0.35 hectares (0.86 acres) per 1,000 persons
Neighbourhood Parkland: 0.5 hectares (1.23 acres) per 1,000 persons
Total Parkland Service Level: 1.45 hectares (3.58 acres) per 1,000 persons
*Note: Natural heritage lands (noted above) do not generally contribute to parkland service levels. The service levels above reflect tableland parks only. It should also be noted that parkland service levels are being examined as part of the 2017 Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Greenlands Securement Program
The Region of Peel Greenland Securement Program began in 2007 and is a partnership between the Region of Peel, area municipalities, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Credit Valley Conservation, The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust and the Bruce Trail Conservancy. The program helps the conservation partners and area municipalities acquire interest in landholdings that are deemed ecologically important. The City is actively working with the Region to secure sensitive natural heritage lands under the program, based on funding approvals. For more information, please click here.