Knox Mountain Park Management Plan Update 2021

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Consultation has concluded. Key themes and next steps based on the engagement summary can be found at the bottom of the project page. 

Key themes and next steps can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Knox Mountain Park Management Plan Update is being developed. The process will include a review of the park’s ecological status and amenities, as well as development of a work plan to guide park management through the decade ahead.

The first stage in our review of Knox Mountain Park is to determine future use parameters for Knox Mountain Drive. Results of the online survey conducted in May 2021, to gather feedback on how residents and park users want to see Knox Mountain Drive used, will inform the final decision. 

Knox Mountain Drive is enjoyed by many different user groups with many different preferences. Our goal is to accommodate as many of those preferences as possible, while ensuring everyone using Knox Mountain Drive is safe.


Key themes

Key themes based on more than 4,000 open-ended comments included:

  • Most of the comments advocating for keeping the road open were also comments raising concerns about continuing to accommodate people with mobility issues that the City should avoid creating barriers for people who already face challenges in accessing recreation and amenities as freely as the rest of the population. 
  • Many comments expressed that Knox Mountain is a shared community asset and the city should ensure it is as freely accessible to the public (visitors and residents alike) as possible. 
  • Some users enjoy the flexibility to use the road or the trails for their purposes, but it is recognized by numerous commenters that while some modes have that choice right now, car drivers never do.
  • Those comments that advocated safety of users, generally also advocated for no vehicles or restricted vehicular access. This perspective was heard more commonly from resident groups and neighbourhood associations,  residents close to Knox Mountain, and people concerned about safety for themselves or their families when visiting Knox by foot or bicycle.
  • Some respondents felt that it was better for wildlife and the environment to reduce vehicle traffic on Knox Mountain.
  • Many of the comments spoke to a balanced approach, where sharing the road through different hours of the day, or a portion of the mountain, could serve to reduce conflicts while allowing accessible options for those with mobility issues.
  • Many additional comments spoke to individual use of the park and events and did not speak specifically to use of Knox Mountain Drive. These will be retained and considered in updating the Knox Mountain Park Management Plan.

Next steps

Knox Mountain Park has undergone a great deal of change in the last ten years. While much of the existing park management plan is relevant to carry forward into the future, the new management plan will provide updated analysis on the ecological needs of the park, as well as provide guidance to decision-making on capital improvements and how we maintain the park through the decade. The City’s goal is to preserve the park’s environmental health so that it can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

Staff and Council will consider public feedback and technical data when determining a preferred approach for access to Knox Mountain Drive. Staff will present the survey results for Council direction.

Public and stakeholder feedback will also inform the updated Knox Mountain Park Management Plan, which is anticipated to be completed in 2022.

Key themes and next steps can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Knox Mountain Park Management Plan Update is being developed. The process will include a review of the park’s ecological status and amenities, as well as development of a work plan to guide park management through the decade ahead.

The first stage in our review of Knox Mountain Park is to determine future use parameters for Knox Mountain Drive. Results of the online survey conducted in May 2021, to gather feedback on how residents and park users want to see Knox Mountain Drive used, will inform the final decision. 

Knox Mountain Drive is enjoyed by many different user groups with many different preferences. Our goal is to accommodate as many of those preferences as possible, while ensuring everyone using Knox Mountain Drive is safe.


Key themes

Key themes based on more than 4,000 open-ended comments included:

  • Most of the comments advocating for keeping the road open were also comments raising concerns about continuing to accommodate people with mobility issues that the City should avoid creating barriers for people who already face challenges in accessing recreation and amenities as freely as the rest of the population. 
  • Many comments expressed that Knox Mountain is a shared community asset and the city should ensure it is as freely accessible to the public (visitors and residents alike) as possible. 
  • Some users enjoy the flexibility to use the road or the trails for their purposes, but it is recognized by numerous commenters that while some modes have that choice right now, car drivers never do.
  • Those comments that advocated safety of users, generally also advocated for no vehicles or restricted vehicular access. This perspective was heard more commonly from resident groups and neighbourhood associations,  residents close to Knox Mountain, and people concerned about safety for themselves or their families when visiting Knox by foot or bicycle.
  • Some respondents felt that it was better for wildlife and the environment to reduce vehicle traffic on Knox Mountain.
  • Many of the comments spoke to a balanced approach, where sharing the road through different hours of the day, or a portion of the mountain, could serve to reduce conflicts while allowing accessible options for those with mobility issues.
  • Many additional comments spoke to individual use of the park and events and did not speak specifically to use of Knox Mountain Drive. These will be retained and considered in updating the Knox Mountain Park Management Plan.

Next steps

Knox Mountain Park has undergone a great deal of change in the last ten years. While much of the existing park management plan is relevant to carry forward into the future, the new management plan will provide updated analysis on the ecological needs of the park, as well as provide guidance to decision-making on capital improvements and how we maintain the park through the decade. The City’s goal is to preserve the park’s environmental health so that it can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

Staff and Council will consider public feedback and technical data when determining a preferred approach for access to Knox Mountain Drive. Staff will present the survey results for Council direction.

Public and stakeholder feedback will also inform the updated Knox Mountain Park Management Plan, which is anticipated to be completed in 2022.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Survey responses will be combined with safety analysis, technical road standards, current park usage data and other factors to determine future use of the roadway. 

    Be sure to include your name and contact information at the end of the survey to be entered to win one of three The Local Gift Cards, valued at $100, $50 and $50 each. The winners will be drawn at random after the survey closes on May 31.

    Decision timeline 
    Once the survey closes, analysis will be completed and a recommendation presented to Council alongside relevant park data.

    Consultation has concluded. Key themes and next steps based on the engagement summary can be found at the bottom of the project page. 

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