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:


Events that build the capacity of community park groups


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


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


Handbooks and resource guides for groups organizing volunteer-run activities


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


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:

Best city park quotes – A roundup of our favourites

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À l’université, j’avais une amie qui croisait la même personne tous les jours. Elles avaient le même horaire et se rencontraient au même moment et au même endroit. Elles ont fini par se saluer d’un hochement de tête ou par un bonjour — c’était leur seule interaction....

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