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Interactive maps detailing the current and projected supply of open spaces across Edmonton.

Edmonton’s open spaces are a vital part of our city's livability, sustainability and infrastructure. These are the places people go to rest, relax and play. They provide places for people to connect with each other, their community and nature. Breathe is a long term strategy to ensure that all Edmontonians have access to well connected functional spaces for years to come. 

The Breathe Provision map indicates present and projected accessible public open spaces by neighbourhood.

The Breathe Themes and Functions map presents the quality and function of open spaces based on Breathe criteria. 

Provisioning Map Details

The dashboards present the supply of existing, accessible public open spaces and municipal parks. Although the provision of these spaces is shown by neighbourhood, the amount of space available also includes open spaces or municipal parks accessible within walking distance (400 metres) of the neighbourhood, using existing sidewalks, pathways, and trails. The supply results per neighbourhood are measured by number of hectares of accessible public open space per 1000 residents.

The 2017 provision levels provide a baseline of data about existing conditions, while the future state illustrates how these values are expected to change as neighbourhoods are (re)developed and more residents move into new homes. The future state is based on projected population increases, as well as areas of open space proposed in area development and redevelopment plans approved by Council.

Themes and Functions Map Details

The themes and functions analysis measures open space quality – how each open space provides different types of human and ecological services, and how those services provide value to Edmontonians. We call these services ‘functions’ and assess each open space in the network for its ability to provide, support, or enhance these functions. Breathe: Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy identifies fifteen functions that open spaces provide. These functions  have been organized according to the general Themes of Ecology, Celebration and Wellness.

Combining the function assessments under each Theme into a single value, open spaces can be easily assessed and compared against each other. To facilitate comparison, open spaces are categorized into High, Medium and Low levels of support for each Theme.

For each function, a value was calculated for each open space based on characteristics (amenities or qualities) that describe or measure how well an open space contributes to the given function. Every characteristic was assigned a score up to a maximum value of 1 (that is, each characteristic was weighted evenly), and the sum of these scores results in the functional value of the open space. The only exceptions are characteristics that do not contribute directly to the function in question, but rather enhance people’s experience of that function.

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