Urban Parks in Canada: History, Benefits, and Current Issues
Co-Presenters: John Shultis and Glen Hvenegaard
This paper first reviews the global and Canadian history of urban parks, as this history has important ramifications for the appearance, structure, function, and management of contemporary urban parks. In addition, many of the benefits highlighted in the last 5-10 years have precedents in the original calls and creation of urban parks. The paper then reviews the major benefits of urban parks based on an increasing amount of academic literature on this broad topic from a range of disciplines.
Prepared for the 2016 Canadian Parks Summit