Greenspace Strategic Plan

Parks and greenspaces are essential to our health and well-being – they help us live active lives and connect with nature and each other. 

As Vaughan grows, it's critical that we continue to build, maintain and enhance our system of greenspaces to meet the needs of a growing population and preserve this cherished natural resource.

Image of greenspace in Vaughan, including trails and greenery.

The term “greenspaces” refers to a variety of outdoor recreational spaces that residents may use to get exercise, connect with nature, relax or socialize with others. These spaces may be big or small – from your neighbourhood park, to trails like the Bartley Smith Greenway or larger regional parks like North Maple Regional Park, to woodlots.


To ensure residents have equitable access to greenspace, the City of Vaughan is undertaking a study called the Greenspace Strategic Plan. The plan will evaluate the current state of Vaughan’s local parks and greenspaces, and provide strategies and recommendations to guide future planning, design, implementation and management of our greenspaces.


Get involved

How do you currently use the City’s many greenspaces? What matters most to you about the greenspaces in Vaughan? An online survey and interactive map will be available on this webpage starting Monday, Sept. 11 until Monday, Oct. 16 for residents to have their say. By sharing your thoughts, you will help ensure the City’s greenspaces continue to meet the needs of Vaughan residents.


Take the survey


Attend a community pop-up near you!

A total of 10 pop-ups are scheduled throughout Vaughan between Tuesday, Sept. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 11 - attend one near you:


Ward 1

  • Monday Oct. 2: Kleinburg Library (10341 Islington Ave.), any time from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4: Civic Centre Library (2191 Major Mackenzie Dr.), any time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ward 2

  • Saturday, Sept. 30: Woodbridge Village Farmers Market (5020 Highway 7), any time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 2: Pierre Berton Library (4921 Rutherford Rd.), any time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ward 3

  • Thursday, Sept. 27: Chancellor Community Centre (350 Ansley Grove Rd.), any time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4: Vellore Village Community Centre (1 Villa Royale Ave.), any time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ward 4

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26: Transit Square at the VMC  (3150 Highway 7), any time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28: North Thornhill Community Centre (300 Pleasant Ridge Ave.), any time from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Ward 5

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27: Promenade Mall, centre court (1 Promenade Cir.), any time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11: Dufferin Clark Community Centre (1441 Clark Ave.), any time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Join a community walk!

On Saturday, Oct. 14, rain or shine, this guided two-hour walk will take place at 11 a.m. beginning from Dufferin District Park (1441 Clark Ave W.). The route will go to Marita Payne Park and adjacent areas. Please dress according to weather conditions and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated! Register to join



Celene Mariano

Project Manager

Parks and Open Space Planning

905-832-2281, ext. 8058