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:

Z

Events that build the capacity of community park groups

Z

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

Z

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

Z

Handbooks and resource guides for groups organizing volunteer-run activities

Z

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

Z

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:

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more
c