March 6-8, 2017 | Calgary, Alberta parkpeople-logo-social

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About the Conference

Heart of the City will bring together 100 people dedicated to city parks across Canada. Join us 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.

Heart of the City is hosted by Park People, an independent charity that builds strong communities by animating and improving parks, in partnership with Calgary Parks.

Join Park People and Calgary Parks to:

  • Meet park leaders from across Canada
  • Hear from inspiring leaders speaking on ways they are re-imagining and enhancing city parks
  • Tour some of Calgary’s most innovative parks and public spaces, including St Patrick’s Island, the Rotary-Mattamy Greenway, and Reader Rock Garden
  • Participate in hands-on workshops
  • Share your ideas for the future of the Park People Network, a new national movement to support people’s involvement in Canada’s city parks











Apply to be a delegate at the first-ever national gathering of the people dedicated to city parks across Canada. Through a nation-wide call, we will select a diverse cross-section of 100 city park champions.

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We’ll select 100 delegates who:

  • Represent a range of Canadian cities
  • Have mandates and missions that support city parks from different perspectives
  • Speak either of Canada’s official languages (the event will be bilingual)










Selection and Bursaries

The following individuals are encouraged to apply:

  • Members of community park groups, including ‘friends of’ park groups and other non-profits working in city parks
  • Municipal parks staff
  • Park volunteer managers
  • Natural and heritage conservation specialists
  • Staff from non-profit organizations and foundations that work to animate and improve city parks, or who leverage the power of city parks to achieve their missions

Thanks to the generous support of TD Bank Group, the registration fee for the conference, including tours, meals and receptions, is $75. We are also offering bursaries to cover travel and hotel costs for qualified applicants. Our goal is to ensure that cost is not a barrier for prospective delegates.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until November 25, 2016. Delegates will be selected and notified in early December 2016.

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About Calgary

Iconic parks and public spaces shape life in Calgary, from new award-winning projects like the RiverWalk and Princes’ Island Park to historic green spaces like Nose Hill, Bowness and Fish Creek Provincial Park. But it is the way that Calgarians are bringing their parks to life that makes Calgary the perfect place for the Heart of the City Conference.


Ambitious and innovative park programming, new parks built through collaboration, and community-driven approaches to tackling major challenges make Calgary an energizing spot for Canadian city park champions to meet, learn and get inspired.


Photo Credit: City of Calgary










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