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:

How to Make Instagram Work for You

Parks can be very photogenic. Whether you’re sharing a photo of a smiling volunteer at your outdoor festival or a short video of snow falling on your park’s trees, Instagram is a great platform for park people like you. In fact, because park work is often so visual,...

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The Path Forward: What our City Parks Need Most

Picture your favourite city park. Mine has a beautiful canopy of mature trees, a bocce court full of neighbours young and old, a community kitchen in a repurposed city building, and people draped over benches and lawns, relaxing and chatting. Yours might look more...

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Ottawa’s Park Summit Drives 3 Key Lessons Home

Whether you're 5 or 55,  when you move to a new place, one of your first thoughts is about the people you'll find: "Will I be able to make new friends? Will they get me?" Park People's first Park Summit in a new city happened on Earth Day with Ecology Ottawa. We knew...

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