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

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Registration is now open for the inaugural Ottawa Park Summit. Together, with our partners at Ecology Ottawa, Park People will bring together people from across the City of Ottawa that are active in their local parks to generate ideas and build momentum for better parks in Ottawa.



Read Park People’s latest report titled Sparking Change: Catalyzing the Social Impacts of Parks in Underserved Neighbourhoods.  This important research explores the social impacts of communities in underserved neighbourhoods becoming involved in animating and improving their local park, and identifies common strategies taken by both community members and partner organizations to support this work. Read the report now.


Wherever you live in Canada, the new online guide will help you learn how to get involved with your existing local park group and the step-by-step process you can follow to launch a new one. Find advice and inspiration from experienced park leaders across the country to help you become an effective voice and the spark for positive change in your park.Read the guide now. 

Latest News from Park People >>

Insights to Drive Support for Canada’s Public Spaces

City park philanthropy is still a relatively recent phenomenon in Canada, particularly when compared to the US park conservancy movement. From growing food to restoring natural habitat to bringing arts programming to parks, the Weston Family Parks Challenge...

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5 more reasons to celebrate Ottawa’s city parks

Earlier this week I shared five reasons to celebrate Ottawa’s city parks as we look forward to Ottawa’s first Park Summit this Saturday April 22 (register for this free event here). But as I spoke with people in Ottawa, I kept finding more inspiring examples of how...

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Creating a new downtown park on city-owned land

If you stand at the corner of Bathurst and Front Street you can still see the old development proposal sign for a mixed-use development that never came to be. And if Councillor Mike Layton's proposal is approved—and we at Park People think it should—this currently...

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Creating a greener 21st century city

We often wax poetic about urban parks as areas of nature in our cities, but it's interesting to note that some urban parks are not actually the best representation of the natural landscapes of their city, sometimes burying—literally in the case of urban streams—the...

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5 reasons to celebrate Ottawa’s city parks

On April 22, park-loving Ottawans will gather at their city’s inaugural Park Summit. The Summit, hosted by Ecology Ottawa and Park People, will celebrate and showcase the ways that Ottawans are animating and improving their parks, and provide a platform to brainstorm...

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Un aperçu de la conférence Heart of the City

Pendant deux jours,100 délégués représentant 36 villes se sont réunis pour 13 séances novatrices dans deux sites spectaculaires de Calgary. La conférence Heart of the City de Park People était un événement sans précédent au cours duquel a eu lieu le lancement du...

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  • This weekend is Clean Toronto Together. The City has a goal of 200,000 participants. Be sure to pitch in #cleantorontotogether

Find your Clean Toronto Together cleanup on the list & get out there #Toronto #Earthday

A great day for Park People in Ottawa