Celebrating National Volunteer Week at Park People

April 13, 2016

It won’t be a surprise to anyone that knows us (and our name kind of gives it away), but the core of our work at Park People is engaging and empowering people in their local public spaces.

Park People’s motto sums up our thinking on this pretty well: “When Communities Get Involved, Park Get Better.”

One of the most inspiring things about working here is seeing all the amazing projects, events, and activities that are organized in parks across Toronto by tireless and committed community volunteers. National Volunteer Week is the perfect occasion to highlight just of a few of the staggering figures that demonstrate the great things that volunteers did to improve and animate parks in 2015.

Earlier this year we surveyed the over 100 park friends groups that exist in every one of Toronto’s 44 wards to find a bit more about what they’d been up to. These are the community volunteers who are dedicated to caring for the natural environment of their park, animating it with fun activities, and advocating for improvements. Here’s some of what we learned:

Happy National Volunteer Week to all you amazing park volunteers. You really do put the people in Park People. 

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