Parks are not simply green places of respite with grass and trees—they are critical pieces of the social infrastructure of our cities. And we believe they have a role to play in creating more inclusive, equitable places that are shaped by and for the people living there " Park People's Sparking Change Report 2017
The Sparking Change program works with community groups in underserved neighbourhoods to provide them with the training, networks, seed funding and one-on-one coaching they need to make their parks more vibrant and their neighbourhoods stronger.
Over three years, Park People will provide direct support to community groups in each of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas to help them transform their parks into powerful engines of community development. We'll do this by:
- Building the capacity of park group leaders.
- Providing access to training, one on one coaching and networks.
- Contributing seed funding to catalyze parks in underserved communities.
- Establishing community partnerships that link organizations together to help transform parks into community hubs.