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Toronto's new Parks Plan will guide strategy and development for Toronto’s 20,500 acres of parkland.
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Dear Jaan,
 
As a fellow park enthusiast, we wanted to make sure you are familiar with the new Parks Plan, which will guide strategy and development for Toronto’s 20,500 acres of parkland. Many of you were involved in the consultations last year for the Plan and Park People played an important role putting forward positive solutions for our communities and parks. The Toronto Department of Parks, Forestry & Recreation (PFR) bills their 2013-2017 Parks Plan as a plan which

"aims to connect people and communities with parks, advance greening and environmental sustainability, improve the quality of parks, and strengthen the parks system as a legacy for Toronto. It builds on work already being done to maintain and improve the parks system, outlines priorities, and will inform policy-making, guide decision-making and define a program of investment."

As someone who cares about these issues, we wanted to highlight some key aspects of the Parks Plan, as well as share opportunities for you to engage the City and your community with what it entails.

Park Plan Highlights
We've pulled some highlights from the plan that we are particularly excited about
“Urban Park Rangers” to facilitate community engagement in their parks
Improving the Permitting System and Reviewing Fees
Investing in Improving Basic Park Infrastructure
More and Better Maintained Natural Environment Trails 
Read the Plan [PDF] »

Next Steps: Implementation
Overall, Toronto Park People is very supportive of the new Parks Plan. PFR staff have done a good job listening to the community and Park People’s key priorities have been incorporated into the Plan. It lays out a very progressive five-year strategy for our parks.

But as with any plan, the key will be implementation. There are good ideas here and many high level commitments, but it will take new resources for the City parks department and a strong, disciplined effort to implement the Plan. There have been excellent strategic plans for parks in the past with far too many elements in the plans never being implemented.

Share the Plan
It’s important that park enthusiasts across Toronto have an opportunity to read and comment on the Park Plan. Forward this e-mail to people you think may be interested, or share the plan on social media.

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More Links:
Read the Plan [PDF] »
Parks, Forestry & Recreation website Â»
Parks Committee Agenda for April 22 Â»

Park People will be working hard to ensure the plan is implemented. We''ll be calling on you to work with your local councillor to get the resources we need for better parks in every corner of Toronto. Thank you, from one park enthusiast to another.

Dave Harvey
Director
Toronto Park People

Important Dates
We've compiled some opportunities and dates to engage the Parks and Environment Committee & City Council with your comments and questions on the Parks Plan.
Comment & Request to Speak »
Parks Plan presented at Parks & Environment Committee »
Parks Plan Presented at City Council »
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Sponsors:
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Ontario Trillium Foundation / Fondation Trillium de l'Ontario  Live Green Toronto


W.C. Kitchen Family FoundationThe McLean FoundationFriends of the Greenbelt FoundationEJLB FoundationIvey FoundationUrbanspace Property GroupToronto Community Foundation, Mitchell Cohen and Janice Lewis, Tony and Caley Taylor Family Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation

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