On Earth Day, we announced the 75 park groups and 225 park events that have received TD Park People Grant program funding to host awesome community events in parks. Now in its second year, the TD Park People Grant program has been expanded to include community park groups in 7 cities across the country. There are so many ways to get out into city parks between now and New Year’s Eve. Be sure to check out all of the grant recipients and mark your calendar for stellar community events you can attend in your city parks.
Here’s just a sampling of what’s planned in cities across Canada:
Last year’s East vs West water fight in Calgary’s Crescent Heights brought a divided neighbourhood together in the park, all the while giving adults and kids alike a chance to have fun and cool down in the summer heat! This year, Crescent Heights Community Association is putting an eco-spin on their events by hosting an environmental puppet-making workshop into the park, a tree walk with a local arborist and, of course, the awesome water fight which we’re proud to say has become an annual tradition!
We were thrilled to expand the TD Park People Grant program to Edmonton. The Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition is hosting events that focus on building young people’s connection to nature. Their Youth Engagement event at Riverdale Park will highlight their community garden, while Family Adventures in Whitemud Park will focus on the Kihciy Askiy (Sacred Earth), traditional Indigenous and ecological knowledge.
Our friends to the east, in Halifax, were ecstatic to be included in this year’s TD Park People Grant program. Bloomfield Neighbourhood Residents Association demonstrated great creativity by proposing three different themed potlucks, the final one being a Welcome Home Community Potluck where, together with Immigrant Services Association of NS, they will invite newcomers in the community to share food and experiences. There will be no shortage of excitement with Dramatic Changes Artists Society’s Anti-Oppression improv show and their sunset dance party. Their events will be powered by solar panels and intentionally setting their events in a stewardship framework.
The creativity of Montreal’s community park groups makes their events unique and well worth checking out! Toddlers and families of Dorval-Lachine will be reading, playing and picnicking in Park Lasalle, brought together by Table de concertation de petite enfance de Dorval Lachine, while the Groupe de citoyens 1e et 2eme ave will be cleaning up at Parc Frederic-Back, an iconic Montreal park in the midst of a huge transformation.
In Ottawa, both francophone and Anglophone communities are hosting events supported by TD Park People Grants. Rendez Vous des Aines Francophones d’Ottawa will get local seniors to pitch in for a nature cleanup. A booming beach opening party is happening at the Westboro Beach Community.
This year, the TD Park People Grant program was expanded from Toronto to across the entire Greater Toronto Area. Park Friends groups including Silver Creek, Lotherton, Dallington, Henrietta, Hancock Woodlands and Cedarbrook and Thompson Memorial parks are hosting awesome events in their parks.
This summer in Vancouver, Gordon Neighbourhood House is taking their model for community action to the park! Broughton Street Mini-Park will be the backdrop for a great community barbeque, a community-wide chilli night featuring games, live music and food and a free gardening workshop for local neighbours to build their connection to urban agriculture.
We can’t wait to see you at these TD Park People Grant supported events. Be sure to check the website regularly for the latest event postings.
The TD Park People Grant program is generously supported by TD Bank Group, through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment. Through this platform, TD is helping to open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow so that people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. As part of this, TD is committed to helping elevate the quality of the environment so that people and economies can thrive, by growing and enhancing green spaces and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.
To learn more about the ready Commitment visit www.td.com/vibrantplanet.