This progress report was prepared in August 2011, 2 years into
the 10-year Plan for
Parks. Significant progress has been made.
- New park trails across Alberta allow people of all
ages and abilities to enjoy recreation and physical activities to
help them lead healthier, more active lives.
- Albertans take an active role in Alberta parks
through public consultations.
- There were 11 consultations involving 15 different
sites in 2010-11.
- Consultations included proposed facility redevelopment, park
expansions, trails and park management plans.
- More than 500 Albertans subscribe to ParkNews for automatic notifications of new
- Alberta scientists play a larger role in
parks research through the Parks Division Science
Strategy, which supports evidence-based decision-making
related to park management.
- Parks Division has research partnerships with post-secondary
institutions including Augustana Campus/University of Alberta,
Lakeland College and the University of Calgary.
- The number of research and collection permits
issued in parks doubled from 64 in 2009 to 124 in 2010.
- Everyone belongs outside! We're working on an inclusion
strategy to remove physical barriers in new and existing
facilities in provincial parks. The strategy will also include
introducing new Canadians to provincial parks and bridging language
- YouTube videos showcase new park
programs and experiences. Twitter and Facebook are used to
share public safety updates, avalanche warnings and trail
conditions for some parks.
programs expanded with 2,500 Albertans volunteering
more than 100,000 hours to assist with parks programs.
Public Affairs Officer
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation