Park Toolkit: How to Animate Your Park

Park People’s Park Toolkit is a series of handbooks to help you host events at your local park. At the heart of our work is the belief that when communities get involved, parks get better. The Park Toolkit is your way to meet neighbours, strengthen community ties, and make good use of vital green spaces across Toronto.

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This guidebook walks you through what you need to know to start and run a successful volunteer park group. Get tips for working with your Councillor and the City, recruiting volunteers and managing your group’s budget.Download this handbook (PDF, 2MB) 

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A picnic in the park can be a great way to celebrate a special occasion or meet new friends and neighbours. This How-To Handbook will help you bring your community together around great food.Download this handbook (PDF, 3MB)

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Learn how to bring an Adopt-A-Park-Tree to your community. Learn how local park volunteers can care for newly planted trees in their critical first years of growth. Download this handbook (PDF, 3MB)

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Parks are social gathering spaces, but they are also places where we can support, celebrate, and reconnect with the natural world of our city. This How-To handbook explains the many ways you can enhance the natural environment at your local park.Download this handbook (PDF, 3MB)

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This How-To handbook walks you through the steps to host a campfire at a park near you. It’s a great way to bring people together. Download this handbook (PDF, 2MB)

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Hosting a movie in your park is a great way to create a safe, fun space to bring community members together from all ages and backgrounds for a free event. This How-To handbook helps you every step of the way. Download this handbook (PDF, 1MB) 

Park Toolkit Stories

City reverses cuts to park maintenance and gardens

While it still needs the final stamp of approval at City Council, the Budget Committee has reversed a proposed cut to park maintenance and gardens in the 2017 budget. As highlighted in a Park People blog post last month, the proposed operating budget for Parks,...

Parks as natural places for engagement across difference

In advance of our national city parks conference in Calgary in March 2017, we caught up with keynote speaker Jay Pitter, an author, placemaker and senior stakeholder engagement professional. Jay Pitter's work focuses on increasing the capacity, resources, and...

Catalyzing the power of parks for social connection

At a time when increasing attention is being paid to the growing inequality of our cities and neighbourhood-based inequities, it’s critical that we examine how engaging in our parks and public spaces can create more inclusive, equitable places that are shaped by and...