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

As Canada’s first citywide park organization, we’re leading a renaissance for our parks, built around a simple principle: when communities get involved, parks get better.

Our Vision: A city where parks are at the heart of every community.

We support more than 100 community park groups, bringing them together with city staff, funders, businesses, and other partners to host events, plant more trees and gardens, build new park infrastructure, steward volunteers, and transform parks into dynamic community hubs.

We offer crucial training and mentorship, and share learnings through our Parks Summit and Park Talks. We get the word out on what’s new in parks through a network of over 5000 park enthusiasts, and through research and reports profiling challenges and opportunities.

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Park People’s “How-To” Park Toolkit

Park People’s Park Toolkit, is a series of handbooks designed to help you host events at your local park. At the heart of our work is the belief that when communities get involved, parks get better. The Park Toolkit is your way to meet neighbours, strengthen community ties, and make good use of vital green spaces across Toronto.

From Our blog >

Why Artists-In-Residence Make Sense for Parks

One of the things that draws us to parks is that they give us the chance to step back from our daily lives and return to the world just a little better. That’s partly why arts make sense in parks. As Picasso said” “art washes away from the soul the...

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Your Park Events Roundup for Aug 18

Here’s our picks for the parks today and through the weekend. Be sure to check out our full events calendar for everything that’s happening in Toronto parks this weekend. Don’t forget to submit yours! New Orleans Brass Band at Hot & Spicy Food Festival...

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This Private Patio is Supposed to be Public Space

First let me say this: I love patios. The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, the hot waft of a garbage trunk barreling down the street. It’s all part of the glory of summer in Toronto. But I do have a bone to pick with a patio that is currently occupied by La...

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