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:

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...

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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...

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