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.


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) 


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)


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)


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)


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)


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

New tools to promote the pulp out of your Pumpkin Parade

Turns out, 13 is a lucky number for Pumpkin Parades. 13 years after the first Pumpkin Parade was launched in Sorauren Park, Park People and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation have created a suite of materials to help you promote your park's Pumpkin Parade. Using...

Insider Tips to Make Your Pumpkin Parade Shine

November 1st is fast approaching and we want to make sure your Pumpkin Parade really shines. This made-in-Toronto phenomenon is now 13 years strong (nod to awesome Friends of Sorauren Park). Permit applications are due to the City of Toronto, Parks Forestry and...

Welcome to Park People: Kayla Greenberg and Wendy Fox

Park People extends a warm welcome to Kayla Greenberg and Wendy Fox who join us as an interns from the University of Toronto's Geography program and Humber College's Advertising and Copywriting program. Kayla will be working with us on our new research projects and...