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Park People is the catalyst for better parks across Toronto. Our parks are not as good as they should be and we know that when residents get involved, parks get better. That’s why we are working with nearly 100 park friends groups, city workers and other partners to plant more trees and gardens, fix broken infrastructure and get more people out celebrating their communities through parks.

Want to get involved in your local park? Find a park group near you! In a park group and looking for assistance? Check out our Park Group Help Centre!

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Announcing Catalyst Parks

Catalyst Parks is a pilot initiative to work intensively in parks in four Toronto Neighbourhood Improvement Areas: Rexdale, Bathurst/Finch, Flemingdon and Chester Le. Learn more >

Parks Platform 2014: Growing Parks From the Grassroots

Toronto is going to the polls on October 27, 2014 and parks need to be on the agenda. After listening to the ideas of park lovers around Toronto and doing our own research, we’re issuing a set of 10 ideas that will improve Toronto’s parks and are achievable in the next council’s term. Read Park People's Parks Platform: Growing Parks From the Grassroots >

Park People & LEAF launch Adopt-A-Park-Tree handbook

In cooperation with LEAF, we're proud to announce the Adopt-A-Park-Tree handbook, a guide to bringing this innovative park tree stewardship program to your local park. Learn more >

Announcing the TD Park Builders Program

Together TD Bank Group and Toronto Park People have developed a new initiative called the TD Park Builders Program which encourages community engagement and animation of vital community green space in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and low-income communities. Learn more >

News Release: Ontario Trillium Foundation Joins the Weston Family Parks Challenge

The Ontario Trillium Foundation will collaborate with The W. Garfield Weston Foundation & Toronto Park People to invest in Toronto’s parks. Learn more >

Park People Launches 'Free The Parks' Campaign

Toronto Park People has launched a new campaign to alleviate fees and insurance placed upon volunteer run activities in city parks. The campaign, titled 'Free the Parks' rests on a simple principle: the city needs to be supporting volunteer park friends groups; not charging them permit fees, not charging them insurance and not requiring lots of paperwork. Read more about this campaign and learn how you can get involved.

No Money for Key Parks Plan Initiatives in 2014

We've published our response to the 2014 Toronto budget here.

No horticulture and urban agriculture program. No enhanced maintenance and quality management program. No urban park rangers. Unfortunately, the proposed 2014 operating budget for Parks, Forestry and Recreation includes no money for key initiatives in the city’s approved five-year Parks Plan. Our valuable park infrastructure will also continue to degrade as the state of good repair backlog increases into 2018. We need to invest in our parks to help them grow. We have the plan,...

Landmark Weston Family Parks Challenge

Up to $5 million in grants over the next three years will be available from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, working with Park People, to support innovative new park initiatives across the City of Toronto. Find out more about this exciting new funding program and how to apply here.

Download The Park Friends Group Guidebook

Learn how you can improve and activate your park! Whether you are starting a new Friends of the Park Group or hoping to improve an existing one, download our free, Park Friends Group Guidebook