Sparking Change

Vital parks and strong communities in underserved neighbourhoods

The Sparking Change program works with communities to give local groups the training, networks, seed funding and one-on-one coaching to make their parks more vibrant and their neighbourhoods stronger.

Over three years, Park People will provide direct support to community groups in each of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Area’s to help them transform their parks into powerful engines of community development.

Over three years, Park People will work with underserved communities to:


Build the capacity of park group leaders


Access to training, one on one coaching and networks


Seed funding to catalyze parks in under served communities


Establish community partnerships that link organizations and help transform parks into community hubs

Resources developed with underserved parks in mind:

“Parks are not simply green places of respite with grass and trees—they are critical pieces of the social infrastructure of our cities. And we believe they have a role to play in creating more inclusive, equitable places that are shaped by and for the people living there”


Park People's Sparking Change Report 2017

Parks and the creation of social capital

I had a friend in university who would pass the same person each day. Their schedules just matched up so they walked by each other at the same time in the same spot. It got to the point where they would nod hello or say hi to each other—their only interaction. My...

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Nourriture et parcs : un duo gagnant

"La nourriture et les parcs sont indissociables comme les deux doigts de la main." C’est ainsi que ma conversation avec Wayne Roberts, analyste et auteur de la politique alimentaire pour le Canada, a débuté. Les yeux de cet ancien responsable du Toronto Food Policy...

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Food in parks: why it’s a winning combination

“Food and parks go together like a horse and carriage.”  That’s how my dialogue with Wayne Roberts, Canadian food policy analyst and writer, began. As Roberts, former head of the Toronto Food Policy Council, starts talking about farmers markets, bake ovens, street...

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