Parks Maintenance

Parks is responsible for the maintenance of over 70 parks, green spaces, and boulevards, more than 6,700 trees, flower beds, and 41 km pathway system and boat launch at John Peake ParkPlease view the Parks & Recreation Open Spaces Maintenance Standards (updated May 2018)

Seasonal Work


In the spring you will likely see parks crews out:

  • De-thatching boulevards, parks, and green spaces
  • Removing gravel from boulevards


In the summer, you will likely see parks crews completing the following:


In the winter, you will likely see parks crews out:

  • Clearing the bike paths during snowfalls (except Sundays and Statutory holidays)
  • Clearing of City owned commercial sidewalks
  • Pathways will not be salted or sanded as per Policy 501, Section 500
  • Pruning trees in boulevards, parks, and green spaces

All Seasons

Throughout the year you may see parks staff working on:

  • Garbage cleanup
  • Playground inspections and maintenance

Christmas Tree Recycling

You can drop off your Christmas Trees in the designated recycling area of John Peake Park (typically from Dec. 21 - Jan. 31 each year).

No trees will be accepted at the Public Works yard.

Branch Bins

Residents can take their branches to the branch bins at the Eco Centre

Branches will be chipped and made into mulch that is used in community tree and shrub beds. Reminder: the City does not accept root balls and branches covered in dirt as they will destroy the blades on the chipper and branches cannot be larger than 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. 

Pest & Disease Control

Learn more about the City's Pest & Disease Control protocols, including Dutch Elm Disease. 

For more information on any of these Maintenance items, contact the City's Parks Department at or call (403) 207-2807

Parks Documents