Park People will be adding resources and tips here for best practices for park groups. During 2012, we will be adding sections for working with city staff, fundraising and more.
Ray Bernard of the Fairmount Ice Masters explains how community volunteers have created a natural ice rink at Fairmount Park.Go to Building A Natural Ice Rink »
Tammy Yuen, of the Victoria Village ANC, talks about her eco-initiatives to connect new immigrants to nature in parks. Claudia Araya shares her experiences as a participant in these events.Go to Connecting Communities to Nature in Parks »
Michael Burtt, Artistic Director at Making Room, teamed up with the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre to host and arts event in Budapest Park to connect Parkdale residents to Lake Ontario.Go to Hosting a Community Arts Event »
Improving the natural environment is one of the most valuable ways you can improve your park and community. Greening projects can also be low cost and a great way to engage your neighbourhood and volunteers. Planting and maintaining trees, shrubs and flowers provides shade, habitat for wildlife, cleaner water and air while making your park a more beautiful, welcoming community place.
...Go to Greening Your Park »
Leah Houston explains the successes and challenges of Mabelle Arts, a non profit organization that uses art, performance, cooking and gardening to activate Mabelle Park and the surrounding tower community.Go to Activating a Park with Arts Programming »
Alex Dow discusses the process that Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change undertook to install community gardens in two parks in the Malvern neighbourhood of Toronto, Littles Road Park and Neilson Park.Go to Growing a Community Garden »
Janine Rechsteiner describes how her community worked with her Councillor, the Toronto Partnership Office, Parks Forestry and Recreation and local businesses to fundraise for a new playground.Go to Raising Money for a Community Playground »
Michaelle McLean of Friends of Trinity Bellwoods explains why her group organized an Adopt-A-Tree program. She also shows us how participants care for trees on Park Days and throughout the year.Go to Starting an Adopt-A-Tree Program »
Alison McMurray explains how her community activated and transformed East Lynn Park, beginning with a new Farmer's Market.Go to Transforming a Park with a Farmer's Market »