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 Park Planning & Development Section, working in conjunction with the Parks Projects & Central Operations Section deliver approximately 20 hectares (50 acres) of new parkland to City residents, each year.
In addition to securing parkland for active recreation, the City seeks to protect Natural Heritage System (NHS) lands (e.g valleylands, tableland woodlots, wetlands, etc.) which are normally 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. In 2017 with the endorsement of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan, the City upgraded its parkland service level standards
The City's revised (2017) Parkland Service Level targets are as follows:
City & Community Parkland: 0.9 hectares (2.2 acres) per 1,000 persons (combined)
Neighbourhood Parkland: 0.7 hectares (1.7 acres) per 1,000 persons
Total Parkland Service Level: 1.6 hectares (~ 4 acres) per 1,000 persons
*Note: NHS lands (noted above) do not generally contribute to parkland service levels. The service levels above reflect tableland parklands only.
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.