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

The Bentway promised us a lot—and it’s delivering

When The Bentway (then Project: Under Gardiner) was announced back in the fall of 2015, people seemed to have one of two reactions. The first was excitement about the idea of a new public space underneath the elevated Gardiner Expressway, energizing an area that had...

The park people have spoken!

The park people have spoken! Responses from last year’s Park People Survey guide our work as we continue to help you make awesome things happen in city parks. We hope that the survey will also help you to see your work in a broader context.  What do park groups see as...

A Walk in the Park at Rowntree Mills

Park People recently launched A Walk in the Park, a program to establish community-led walking programs in parks across Toronto. The program will help train walk-leaders and support them in leading walks that connect older adults, seniors, and newcomers with easily...

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