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

Public toilets in parks: can we make them less crappy?

The topic may, at first blush, seem unimportant. But, make no mistake about it, public toilets are a major public health issue. In an excellent article, The Globe & Mail's Andre Picard commented that: "In Canada, we behave as if urination, defecation and...

A water fight to bring a community together

“A declaration has been made! East has been challenged by the West to an all-out water fight on Canada Day. Bring your buckets and your water guns and all of the neighbours that you can gather!” This brazen challenge to a water fight was issued. It was the grand...

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