BREATHE: Edmonton's Green Network Strategy


2016 Survey Results

Setting Priorities for Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy

What is Open Space?

Open spaces include all outdoor land and water that is publicly owned, and/or publicly accessible. Open spaces can be parks, plazas, boulevards, main streets, ceremonial spaces, natural and protected areas, community gardens, sports fields, and green infrastructure.

What is the Green Network Strategy?

Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy provides direction to ensure that Edmonton's open spaces function as an integrated network of public spaces that provide real, measurable value to Edmontonians.  Open spaces contribute to human health and wellness, improve the urban environment, and provide places for people to come together. These contributions are the central themes of the Green Network Strategy, and provide the organizing framework for assessing open space:
  • Ecology: Supports and enhances the environment 
  • Wellness: Promotes healthy living
  • Celebration: Connects people to each other and builds a sense of place.
The Survey
By completing this survey, Edmontonians provided valuable information to help the City of Edmonton plan for an integrated network of open spaces that meets the needs and priorities of Edmontonians.

Question 1a:

Respondents were provided with an explanation of Open Space and the Green Network Strategy. Based on this, respondents were asked to select all that apply to the following question: 
"How do you use open spaces?"
  • Enjoying nature.
  • Improving fitness.
  • Relaxation.
  • Attending events.
  • I don't use open spaces.


Question 1b:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to rate their level of satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 5 or to choose N/A: 
"... on their ability to enjoy the specified outdoor activity in Edmonton's open spaces."
  • Walking or Running
  • Cycling or Mountain Biking
  • Other Active Transportation (skateboarding / rollerblading / scooters)
  • Park or Lawn Sports (frisbee, golf, lawn bowling, bocce ball)
  • Field Sports (baseball, football, soccer, cricket)                
  • Winter Sports (skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, skating)
  • Active Fitness (yoga, pilates, or karate in the park)          
  • Other Outdoor Recreation (horseback riding, rock climbing, paintball)
  • Boating or Water Sports (rafting, sailing, kayaking, or other)
  • Swimming                                                                                        

Question 1c:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to rate their level of satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 5 or to choose N/A: 
"... on their ability to enjoy the specified outdoor activity in Edmonton's open spaces."
  • Working or Take a Break Outside (e.g. with a laptop or other electronic device)
  • Mental Health Activities (picnicking, reading a book, playing chess outside)
  • Playgrounds
  • Water Parks (splash parks, outdoor pools)
  • Outdoor School Programs
  • Birding / Nature Watching
  • Community Gardening
  • Painting or Photography Outdoors
  • Public Art Viewing / Visiting                                                            
  • Touring Heritage Locations (e.g. Fort Edmonton Park)
  • Ceremonies, commemorations, observances


Question 4:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to select all that apply to the following question:
"Which do you feel are the most important to your use of open spaces?"
  • Off-leash Dog Facilities
  • Shade Structures
  • Manicured Gardens
  • Sitting areas (Benches and Plaza)
  • Water Features
  • Waterfront Activities/Access
  • Winter Warm-Up Shelters
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Availability of food/beverage for purchase
  • Bus Stops
  • Washrooms
  • Trees
  • Picnic shelters / outdoor kitchens or BBQs
  • Bike Racks
  • Night-time lighting
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Turf / Grassed Area
  • Community Gardens
  • Wi-Fi
  • Trails & Pathways
  • Other
  • None of these / Nothing

Question 5:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement on a scale of 1 to 5 or Don't know:
"...to the following statement about the environment (water, air and nature)."
  • I find that the water quality in ponds and reservoirs to be good.
  • I find that the water quality in the North Saskatchewan River to be good.
  • I find the air quality in the Edmonton downtown core to be good.
  • I find the air quality for the rest of Edmonton (outside the downtown core) to be good.
  • I find the quality of Edmonton’s natural areas to be good.


Question 6:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to select all that apply to the following question:
"What kinds of events are you most interested in?"
  • Dance
  • Farmers’ / Craft Markets
  • Comedy                                                                                                     
  • Winter Festivals (Festival of Lights, Festival of Trees, Ice on Whyte)
  • Summer Festivals (Edmonton Pride, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Edmonton Folks Music Festival)
  • Debate/ Politics                                                                                                                       
  • Community Events (garage sales, BBQs)
  • Live Music
  • Theatre / Performance
  • Other:
  • Not interested in any events


Question 8:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement on a scale of 1 to 5 or Don't know to the following statement:
  • I feel safe when using open spaces during the day.
  • I feel safe when using open spaces at night.

Question 9a:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to select one response only to the following question:
"Have you ever observed safety issues when using open spaces?"

Question 13a:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to indicate:
"How do you usually travel for the MAJORITY of trips to participate in the following activities in open spaces."
  • Recreational Activities: such as field sports, golfing, yoga, cycling (or other activities you might enjoy at your local park)
  • Enjoying a natural setting, or participate in activities that specifically require ecological services (bird watching, boating, fishing, etc.)
  • events such as festivals, concerts, and other gatherings.


Question 13b:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to indicate all of the other ways that they have travelled to participate in the following activities in open spaces.
Activity: Recreational Activities: such as field sports, golfing, yoga, cycling (or other activities you might enjoy at your local park)
  • Private vehicle
  • Public Transit
  • Cycling
  • By Foot (walk, run, jog)
  • Vehicle for hire (taxi, tappcar)
  • Don't participate in this

Question 13b:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to indicate all of the other ways that they have travelled to participate in the following activities in open spaces. 
Activity: Enjoying a natural setting, or participate in activities that specifically require ecological services (bird watching, boating, fishing, etc.)
  • Private vehicle
  • Public Transit
  • Cycling
  • By Foot (walk,run, jog)
  • Vehicle for hire (taxi, tappcar)
  1. Don't participate in this

Question 13b:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to indicate all of the other ways that they have travelled to participate in the following activities in open spaces. 
Activity: events such as festivals, concerts, and other gatherings.
  • Private vehicle
  • Public Transit
  • Cycling
  • By Foot (walk,run, jog)
  • Vehicle for hire (taxi, tappcar)
  • Don't participate in this

Question Map Question:

If the answer to Q1a was not "I don't use open spaces.", then respondents were asked to select one response only to the following question:
"Would you be interested in taking a supplementary spatial mapping survey in the future about open spaces for BREATHE: Edmonton's Green Network Strategy?"