The City of Cranbrook Parks Department within Public Works maintains 164 hectares of parks and green spaces. Cranbrook has two (2) water spray parks, seven (7) playgrounds, eleven (11) baseball diamonds, five (5) soccer fields, one (1) football field, six (6) tennis courts, 4 pickleball courts and 10km of Rotary Trail to be maintained. The Parks crew put on a flower display each year with the hanging baskets, flower planters and flower/shrub beds. Parks also has an Urban Forest Management Plan to monitor trees, prune trees and have an aggressive tree planting plan. Grants, donations and City funds have funded the planting of over 500 trees in the last six (6) years up to 2014.
City Hall, our Arenas, the Public Works yard, Fire Stations and numerous small public buildings are maintained by Public Works personnel, directly and by contract, providing janitorial services, security, heat/ventilation/air conditioning services, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, roofing, flooring, lighting and glazing.
To keep all of these services on the move our crews maintain, service and repair the City’s fleet of vehicles and apparatus.
The Director of Public Works is responsible for the overall operation of the department as well as the day to day operation of the utilities function. The Public Works Manager looks after the roads, sidewalks, parks, cemeteries, and the collection of residential solid waste. The Trades Manager oversees the buildings and fleet operation and is responsible for traffic signals, street lights, and roadway, transit, and information signage in the community.
47 full time staff provides the hands-on delivery of service and are supported by two administrative positions. During summer, a crew of 15 students is brought on to maintain the large area of parks, playfields and green space in the community.