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Tuesday May 6th:

Parks Platform Workshop

Toronto is going to the polls on October 27, 2014. Let’s put parks on the agenda.

How can Toronto meet the parks and open space needs in an intensifying downtown? Does the city need a separate park board? What are the ways food could be better integrated with parks? How can we make our parks more lively and responsive to a community’s needs?

We want your help to define Toronto's first ever Parks Platform. Join us for a conversation about the solutions that could take Toronto’s park system from good to great in this next election.

Tuesday May 6th
Bloor/Gladstone Library
1101 Bloor St. W., at Dufferin

If you are unable to attend the workshop, but would like to receive a discussion guide to provide feedback, please email

Let's Clean Toronto Together

100+ Park clean-ups taking place this weekend

A neighbourhood clean-up is coming to your local park this weekend. Check out our map of clean-ups across Toronto, as part of Live Green’s Clean Toronto Together campaign. Toronto Park people is proud to be a partner of this initiative.

To find a park clean-up near you, check out our map >

100in1 Day is Coming to Toronto

On June 7, 2014, create an intervention in your local park that will make Toronto a better place.

This citizen-driven festival started in Bogota last year and aims to unite people across the city to make Toronto a better place by creating acts of urban change. These acts, or interventions should raise awareness of urban and social issues, inspire ideas, and motivate leaders to consider new approaches to old problems. We're encouraging park friends groups to participate by coming up with an intervention and hosting it on June 7th. Need an idea? Here's what the Friends of Withrow Park has planned:

At Home in the Park: Friends of Withrow Park will bring the community together for an outdoor home set-up with community tables ready for picnickers to eat together, a couch for people to chat, and a book case for a book exchange. Our hope is to connect with another park across the city with a community couch by using Skype or a similar type of communication tool.

Vital Innovation Awards
The Toronto Community Foundation will award three $10,000 prizes to scale the most transformative ideas that take place on June 7.

To learn more about 100in1 Day Toronto, visit their website >

Harvesting the Urban Forest

Cider Sensations: Orchard Park lives up to its name 

More people were in Orchard Park than you would expect on a rainy October Saturday. Huddled under tarps several dozen people were surrounded by buckets of apples ready to be made into cider. Read more about how Cider Sensations came together for the Friends of Orchard Park >

Park Press

Stories about Toronto's Parks in the media.

The Gentle Warrior: Sabina Ali turns a park into a village hub (Spacing Magazine)
"In June of 2009, the Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee launched an experiment: a weekly Friday night South Asian-style market in the park with food, clothing, and other goods for sale by area residents. “We started the first market with five vendors, and there was a very great response. The park was full of people, and it’s really transformed.”
Continued Progress on Regent Park's Central Park (Urban Toronto)
"Regent Park is also seeing transformation in the form of re-envisioned public spaces and community facilities designed to facilitate community involvement. Part of this vision is a large central park at the heart of the community, and construction continues to progress on this soon-to-open public space."
City to plant at least 1,000 trees to replace those cut in Guild Park (Inside Toronto)
"Forestry staff said the park by the Scarborough Bluffs will look better after 1,156 trees and 1,403 shrubs are planted this spring to replace around 2,500 trees removed this winter."
If You Live Near A Park, You're More Likely To Be Happy (Fast Company)
"...don't just invest in parks because they look nice and offer exercise for joggers. Do it to make people feel better, too."
Live chat recap: Do Toronto parks meet the needs of the 21st-century city? (Toronto Star)
"We held a Big Ideas live chat about Toronto’s parks and the demands of today’s park-goer, with Dave Harvey, founder and director of Toronto Park People"

Discover Your Local Park

with the Toronto Field Naturalists

Toronto Field Naturalists and Toronto Park People are working together to provide hikes with a naturalist to Friends of the Park Groups across Toronto.  If you would like to organize a walk with a naturalist for your group, please contact

Exploring Linear Parks with Friends of the Beltline

Friends of the York Beltline formed in 2013 to explore the potential of improving this former rail line turned recreation trail.

Support Park People:

Founding Sponsors:

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation  Ontario Trillium Foundation / Fondation Trillium de l'Ontario  
Live Green Toronto 

W.C. Kitchen Family FoundationJohn and Pat McCutcheon Foundation, Trees for LifePatagoniaUrbanspace Property Group, Mitchell Cohen and Janice Lewis

project of Tides Canada: uncommon solutions for the common good

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