Conservation Zones
Pippy Park is divided into three land use zones. These zones reflect the nature of the land base (e.g. topography) and what services can be provided. Details on these zones, and the policies that guide their management, are available in the Master Plan 2003.

The three zones are:
  • Urban parkland
  • Rural parkland
  • Natural parkland

N.B.: Because the steep slopes of the escarpment to the north of Long Pond would be particularly sensitive to environmental disturbance, and therefore unsuitable for development, it is included in the Natural Parkland zone.

Permitted Uses
The portion of the Park within the St. John’s watershed will be managed in such a way as to maintain a pristine state. In addition to this general policy, the Commission has adopted the following policies:

Residential Development
Based on public consultation, the Commission will deal with requests in this area on a case-by-case basis. An increased focus will be placed on maintaining a "park-like" atmosphere.

Institutional Development
Concern is mounting over the amount of land required for parking in the urban zone. Future developments, where possible, should incorporate either underground or above ground parking structures. Detailed landscape plans are a requisite.

Science and Technology Zone
Research and development clusters of private sector corporations and universities can provide tremendous benefits to both entities. The Commission is considering the possibility of establishing a Science and Technology Zone for the expansion of educational opportunities which is consistent with part of the Park’s mandate.

Recreational Development
The Commission has adopted several general policies including:
  • Confining intensive recreational developments to the Urban Parkland zone
  • Keeping recreational activities in the Rural Parkland zone compatible with its agricultural history and rural nature
  • Managing the Rural Parkland zone primarily for solitary or small group activities (e.g. hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding)
  • Prohibiting motorized vehicles (e.g. ATVs, snowmobiles, powerboats).

Agricultural Usage
Recognizing the agricultural heritage of much of land base that is now Pippy Park, efforts must be made to preserve this aspect of our cultural heritage.

Environmental Protection
Maintaining a park-like setting within the diversified land base of Pippy Park is a constant challenge. Over the next year, the Commission will be adopting specific guidelines and procedures to protect the valuable ecosystems and environmentally sensitive areas of the Park.