We’re breaking new ground for Canada’s urban parks
Park People designs and delivers innovative funding programs that are redefining the park funding landscape. From facilitating large capital investments to providing funding for events that animate underserved parks, we work with governments, funders and communities to create new possibilities for parks across Canada.
TD Park Builders:
Together with TD Bank Group, Park People delivers the TD Park Builders Program which encourages community engagement and animation of vital community green space in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and low-income communities.
Through grants ranging from $500-$5,000, TD Park Builders helps support park events or small capital improvement projects that help underused green spaces become vital neighbourhood hubs. This funding can be secured by existing Friends of the Park group or community agencies in new immigrant and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, or can be used to help establish a new Park Friends group in an underserved neighbourhood.
Weston Family Parks Challenge
(Applications not currently being accepted.)
Great parks are essential to Toronto’s health and vitality. They strengthen the community and provide environmental, economic and social benefits. With a commitment of $5 million over three years, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation launched the Weston Family Parks Challenge to ensure the long-term sustainability of Toronto’s parks. Building on the success of the first year, the Ontario Trillium Foundation joined in 2014 with an additional commitment of $1.125 million towards the initiative. Park People brings expertise and is administering the program. To learn more and see the great projects funded through this program, visit the Weston Family Parks Challenge site.
Our Funding Stories:
While it still needs the final stamp of approval at City Council, the Budget Committee has reversed a proposed cut to park maintenance and gardens in the 2017 budget. As highlighted in a Park People blog post last month, the proposed operating budget for Parks,...read more
This year was an exciting one for public spaces in Toronto. There was the announcement of the Under Gardiner (now The Bentway), Rail Deck Park, a renewed Grange Park, a “super park” in the Lower Don Valley, and strong support for The Green Line. Toronto is booming in...read more
I lived in Vancouver’s West End for three years just a few blocks from Davie Street, which runs through the centre of the city’s gay village. While the street was billed as the “heart” of the village, it was more like an artery in search of a heart. There was nowhere...read more