Webinar Insights on Park People’s Community Resilience Program
November 26, 2020
On November 10th, Park People hosted a webinar titled “Park Animators: How to Inspire Safe, Community-led park animation and build community resilience.” This webinar sparked the key insights listed below which we hope will get communities and organizations excited to explore and activate their own communities.
The webinar is part of our series 7 Questions: The Future of Parks and Public Spaces. The webinar featured Park People’s Community Resilience Project and panellists included Reiko Ema, Community Resilience Project Coordinator at Park People, Abdul Rashid Athar, Park Animator for Park People at Flemingdon Park and Hanbo Jia, Park Animator for Park People in the Agincourt neighbourhood in North Scarborough, Toronto. This webinar was moderated by Stephanie Stanov, Program Coordinator at Park People.
People living in underserved neighbourhoods, which are often COVID-19 hotspots, are rightfully concerned about venturing outdoors. As a result, they are experiencing an increased risk of social isolation and related mental and physical health challenges.
In an attempt to address these challenges, and get more people active and outdoors, Park People launched the Community Resilience Project – a pilot program to help people living in underserved communities safely access the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.