How to support your community while physically distancing
June 18, 2020
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on community park groups and the work they do on behalf of their communities. In April, 120 community park groups responded to a national survey of their needs. We learned that:
- 42% of park groups are responding directly to community needs, such as acquiring groceries for vulnerable community members.
- Almost ⅓ of groups said that they are actively developing new ways of offering services outside of their usual park work.
Before COVID-19 our National Network hosted the vast majority of their events in city parks. In 2019, our National Network’s park events were attended by 242,010 community members and supported by 19,916 volunteers.
Today, community park groups across Canada are discovering new ways of serving their communities to help them stay connected, supported, and most of all, safe.
In a recent Park People webinar, Marie-Caroline Badjeck from Overbrook Community Association (OCA) in Ottawa and Hussein Janmohammed, the Artistic Director of Iftar Nights with Toronto’s MABELLEarts shared how they were bringing the power of parks home at a challenging time by highlighting new programming they developed to support their neighbours when they need it most.