Park Friends Program

Vital support for communities to animate and improve city parks

Park People supports a national network of community park groups. These groups organize volunteers to green and care for their local parks, advocate for park improvements, and host events such as tree plantings, nature walks, and festivals. We help them build their capacity, amplify their impact and increase awareness of the city parks movement.

Park People provides key supports to these groups through:

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Events that build the capacity of community park groups

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Training workshops, direct mentoring, and advice to community park groups

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Important news and updates shared through our monthly newsletter and social media

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Handbooks and resource guides for groups organizing volunteer-run activities

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A community-driven online events calendar that connects residents to local park events

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Link community park groups with partners, like funders and collaborators, to help them realize their vision

Park People validates the role of friends groups by demonstrating that citizen engagement in parks is truly valued and appreciated – they highlight that local and individual actions are part of a larger movement.

Laura Pfeifer, Regina Urban Ecology

Regina Urban Ecology

[Park People] has hit upon a working method of do-it-yourself community activism: engaged volunteers seeking permission to do things on their own….a model for the future of advocacy… Globe & Mail

Friends of City Park Stories:

Parklines: Canada’s City Park Headlines

PARKLINES is a curated list of must-read news for Canada's city park people.  Subscribe to Park People's National Newsletter to receive these in your inbox on a regular basis. Send along your city park articles and finds for inclusion in this weekly post. Send to...

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Why we’re buzzing about bees

It’s pollinator week, which means it’s time to celebrate everything that tweets, buzzes, and flaps. Now if this was last summer and a bee was to find its way into the Park People office, I would be the first to dive under my desk screaming kill it kill it! But since...

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Butterflies, bees and birds take over the Green Line

Sunday's Bee Line on the Green Line Parade and Pageant paid blissful homage to all creatures that pollinate. The parade was our way of celebrating the native pollinator gardens that have been planted all along the Green Line. Park People, Clay and Paper Theatre and...

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