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Plan for Parks

What is the Plan for Parks?

The Plan for Parks is a 10-year blueprint for guiding management of Alberta's parks system to:

  • ensure sustainability of our natural landscapes;
  • enhance recreational opportunities; and
  • improve quality of life for Albertans.

How was the Plan for Parks Developed?

Alberta's Plan for Parks was developed through a collaborative process. It was based on consultation with Aboriginal groups, stakeholder organizations, park visitors, MLAs, government staff and others. The result is a plan that changes the way Alberta's parks are managed. The Plan for Parks was released in April 2009.

What is the vision set out in the Plan for Parks?

Alberta's parks inspire people to discover, value, protect and enjoy the natural world and the benefits it provides for current and future generations.

What are the four key strategies of the Plan for Parks?

  • Involve Albertans
  • Offer modern facilities, policies and programs
  • Provide recreation opportunities
  • Conserve landscapes

What priority actions will be taken to achieve the strategies?

Strategy #1 - Involve Albertans

  • Implement a regional planning model
  • Create a Parks Advisory Council
  • Engage Aboriginal communities
  • Develop a process for nominating new provincial parks
  • Ensure accountability through milestones and deliverables
  • Diversify existing volunteer programs and partnerships

Strategy #2 - Offer modern facilities, policies and programs

  • Develop a central reservation system
  • Upgrade, restore and expand park facilities
  • Refine the parks classification system

Strategy #3 - Provide recreation opportunities

  • Identify and develop opportunities for recreation
  • Encourage interest and opportunities in parks
  • Implement an inclusion strategy to enhance visitor experiences

Strategy #4 - Conserve Landscapes

  • Facilitate contributions to parks
  • Balance in the parks system
  • Foster evidence-based decision-making

Details on these priority actions are found on pages 22-26 of the Plan for Parks.

How is the Plan for Parks aligned with Alberta's Land-use Framework?

  • The Plan for Parks shares the outcomes of the Land-use Framework.
  • It also uses the Land-use Framework geopgraphic boundaries.

What are the next steps under the Plan for Parks?

Under the Plan for Parks, we will be guided by:

  • Albertans's views of how to appropriately manage parks in their communities; and
  • what science tells us is good for the land.

There are several priority actions highlighted in the Plan for Parks.

  • Improvements to the parks system will make it easier for visitors to understand what kinds of experiences are available in different kinds of parks.
  • Upgrades and additions to campgrounds, facilities and programs will be safe, modern and accessible.
  • These changes, plus the online campground reservation system, will enable visitors to better plan their park experiences.
  • Science-based research and better management plans will reduce impacts on the land and protect the environment.
  • Through Land-use Framework regional planning processes, the province is working to secure new land to fill gaps in Alberta's parks system.
  • Safe and responsible recreation opportunities and policies will be identified.