Park People launches the 2021 Canadian City Parks Report

The third annual report tracking the trends, challenges, and leading practices in 32 Canadian cities


This year's report highlights new city park insights on how parks can foster more resilient, equitable cities—not only as we recover from COVID-19, but as we address another looming crisis: climate change

In the report we share


Read the report now


Centring Equity and Resilience in Canadian City Parks - Launch Webinar

Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST


Join the Canadian City Parks Report's authors and Park People Board Chair Zahra Ebrahim, for a webinar to launch the 2021 Report.

This Canadian City Parks Report launch webinar will feature:

  • Key insights from the report
  • Best practices for moving forward
  • A lively moderated discussion.

The webinar will be held in English with simultaneous French interpretation.


The 2021 Canadian City Parks Report Authors


Jake Tobin Garrett

Jake Tobin Garrett is Park People’s manager of policy and planning. During his nearly eight years at Park People, Jake has co-authored multiple research reports, including all three years of the Canadian City Parks Report, as well as major studies into the social life of parks, public space governance, and inclusive engagement strategies. Jake can often be found in Riverdale Park East reading a book.



Adri Stark

Adri Stark is a project manager at Park People focusing on research and policy. She has co-authored all three years of the Canadian City Parks Report and contributed to research exploring belonging in public space, the social impacts of parks in underserved neighbourhoods, and more.


Nahomi Amberber

Nahomi Amberber is a Black public health researcher who writes about the social and natural environments that foster peoples’ well-being. She strives to bring her passion to all projects she works in which have included those with the Wellesley Institute and The Centre for Active Transportation. Nahomi is constantly learning from the people around her who continue to defend the health and livelihoods of their communities.


The moderator

Zahra Ebrahim

Zahra is a public interest designer and strategist focused on shifting power to people who are typically underrepresented in institutions and systems. Her work has focused on deep, community-led approaches to policy, infrastructure, and service design.

She is the CEO of Monumental, supporting vital institutions in their efforts around an equitable recovery, amplifying BIPOC leadership, and launching creative, socially-driven initiatives.

Prior to this role, she built and led Doblin Canada (Deloitte’s Human-Centred Design practice), focusing on engaging diverse sets of stakeholders to use human-centred design to address complex organizational and industry challenges.

In her early career, Zahra led one of Canada’s first social design studios, working with communities to co-design towards better social outcomes and leading some of Canada’s most ambitious participatory infrastructure and policy programs. Zahra has taught at OCADU, MoMA, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto.

She is the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Urban Institute and the Board Chair for Park People.


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Generously supported by:

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

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