Park People is an independent charity that builds stronger communities by animating and improving parks, placing them at the heart of life in cities.

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This year’s Park Summit will take up the question of how parks can best serve people that have been historically marginalized and underrepresented in public spaces. Come to the Park Summit to experience powerful examples of what’s possible when we challenge ourselves to truly leverage the power of parks–for everyone.



Hosted by Park People in partnership with Calgary Parks, Heart of the City will bring together 100 people for two days of learning, collaboration and relationship building. This is the first-ever national gathering of the people dedicated to city parks across Canada.

Visit the Conference site to learn more

Beginning November 2016, Park People is hosting workshops called Park Bench Sessions. Each of the four workshops is designed to strengthen the work of your community park group. Whether you’re looking to start a group, or strengthen the work you’re doing in parks, these workshops are tailored to your needs.

Visit the Park Bench Sessions page to learn more 

Latest News from Park People >>

A Closer Look at Ryerson’s Public Realm Plan

One of my favourite little islands of quiet green space in downtown Toronto is a hidden grassy field a one-minute brisk walk away from Yonge-Dundas Square. It’s one of those unique moments where you can be right in the thick of thousands of people with video screens...

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3 Reasons Pumpkin Parades are the Best Part of Halloween

Tuesday night, as I was strolling, with my daughter, through Sorauren Park's Pumpkin Parade I heard numerous people echo what I was feeling. Over and over again I heard: "Hands down, Toronto's pumpkin parades are one of the best things in the city's community...

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5 Ways to Create a more Skateable City

Skateboarding is often something we design out of our cities. We install metal bumps on concrete ledges and extra railings and barriers where they otherwise wouldn’t be needed. We put up signs with big red slashes through them. The message is clear: this space isn’t...

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2016 Pumpkin Parades

Toronto, Find Your Pumpkin Parade! Be part of a great Toronto tradition that started in Sorauren Park more than 10 years ago. This year, there are 34 Pumpkin Parades scheduled at parks across Toronto. It's a great way of stretching Halloween fun a day longer. Check...

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What’s Happening in City Parks Across Canada?

A strategy to make ravines more accessible while preserving crucial biodiversity. A new road mural, painted by kids, to add even more vibrancy to a great neighbourhood. A visionary new park built on top of rail infrastructure. Exciting things are happening in Toronto....

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Thanks to all the amazing people who volunteered their time to be a part of Toronto's first public life study. We h…


Last chance to get tix for Park Summit on inclusion and accessibility Jan 28