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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On March 6, register to join the livestream of Park People for Heart of the City conference, Canada’s first-ever national gathering of city park champions.  Learn from and be inspired by leaders who are shaping the future of city parks across North America.
The livestream is available in both French and English.                               



Heart of the City delegates are 100 people who are dedicated to city parks across Canada. These delegates will join Park People at the Heart of the City Conference for two days of learning, collaboration and relationship building. Together, we will explore how we can harness the power of city parks for all Canadians.



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.

Latest News from Park People >>

City reverses cuts to park maintenance and gardens

While it still needs the final stamp of approval at City Council, the Budget Committee has reversed a proposed cut to park maintenance and gardens in the 2017 budget. As highlighted in a Park People blog post last month, the proposed operating budget for Parks,...

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Parks as natural places for engagement across difference

In advance of our national city parks conference in Calgary in March 2017, we caught up with keynote speaker Jay Pitter, an author, placemaker and senior stakeholder engagement professional. Jay Pitter's work focuses on increasing the capacity, resources, and...

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Catalyzing the power of parks for social connection

At a time when increasing attention is being paid to the growing inequality of our cities and neighbourhood-based inequities, it’s critical that we examine how engaging in our parks and public spaces can create more inclusive, equitable places that are shaped by and...

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When it comes to parks, it’s quality that counts

When I feel stressed at work, I get outside and walk to the nearest park. I lie on my back and watch the clouds go by or sit against the trunk of a tree and read. Breathe in, breathe out. Sometimes I’m only out there for 10 or 15 minutes, but I always feel better....

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Making Magic in Thorncliffe Park

I could tell you about the TAG Café, a café and a beacon that uses food and music to bring people and vibrant culture to Thorncliffe's R.V Burgess park. I could also tell you about a community-build for the café that incorporated hand-woven panels of vibrant red,...

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Green Line takes a huge leap towards reality

With the start of a City-initiated study of the Green Line this year and money budgeted for improvements, the future 5km linear park and trail is set to take a huge leap towards reality in the next three years. Park People put together a video highlighting the...

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