Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan

The Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan is the culmination of a year-long effort to create a strategic level roadmap to help guide the planning and management of, and investment into the City’s parks system for the next 25 years.

The plan was approved by Council on May 11, 2017.

The City of Victoria’s parks and open spaces are a vital piece of the city’s character, culture, and vibrancy. Serving residents and visitors alike, they offer opportunities for socializing, recreation, relaxation, play, learning, and connecting with nature.

As Victoria continues to grow and change, it is imperative that the development and management of park spaces and amenities align with community values and serve to protect the ecology and history of the area.

You can read the complete Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan here. [PDF - 21.2 MB]


The Vision

Victoria’s parks and open spaces system is dynamic, vibrant, playful, sustainable, inclusive, and diverse. It engages residents and visitors with the unique ecosystems, culture, and character of the city, supports health and wellness for all, and protects natural areas as a vital resource.

Plan Goals

The following four goals guide the plan:

Protect the Environment: Parks and open spaces protect and improve native ecosystems and help the city adapt to climate change.

Foster Engaging Experiences for Everyone: Parks and open spaces provide a range of different experiences, encourage active living, and are multifunctional, inclusive, and accessible.

Celebrate Victoria:  Special places and amenities in parks and open spaces animate the city and support events for both residents and visitors.

Strengthen Partnerships: Community members, stewards, and partners help enhance all parks and open spaces in the city.

Each goal includes guiding principles, objectives, and actions. The guiding principles recognize the underlying philosophy and approach to parks and open spaces planning and management. The objectives break each goal in to specific focus areas, and the actions outline specific planning and capital projects that will help meet each goal.

 

Plan Process

The planning process began in the spring of 2015 and ended in the spring of 2017.

Phase 1: Background Review and Review of Parks Inventory
Phase 2: Public Engagement Round 1: Community Vision, Interests and Needs
Phase 3: Developement of Draft Master Plan
Phase 4: Public Engagement Round 2: Review of the Vision, Goals, Objectives and Key Actions
Phase 5: Final Master Plan

Thanks For Your Ideas and Feedback!

In 2016, we asked what you love about parks in Victoria and what you want to see in the future. Click here to view a summary of what we heard.   Thank you for all of your feedback!

Contact

Please email engage@victoria.ca.