The Benefits of Naturalization

Responsible parkland care means sustainable practices that contribute to a healthy, climate resilient livable City for generations to come. Naturalization helps preserve and celebrate the natural plant and animal species found in our region.

For more than 25 years, Edmonton has been reverting sections of City green spaces to a more natural state through naturalization. Naturalization is occurring throughout the city - along roadways, stormwater ponds, park spaces, and in new development communities. It may even be happening in a grassy area near you! These areas are not part of the regular mowing cycle, and may eventually be planted with trees, shrubs or wildflowers.

As per The City Plan, Edmonton is a city transitioning to a low-carbon future, has clean air and water and is adapting to a changing climate.

This map shows naturalized sites that the City has been actively working however it will be updated in the spring of 2023. Many of the roadway sites and some park sites underwent the first stage of naturalization in the early 1990s.

Map of Naturalized Areas

A comprehensive map showing all naturalized areas in Edmonton.