TD Park People Grants provide 225 ways for you to connect to your city parks

On Earth Day, we announced the 75 park groups and 225 park events that have received TD Park People Grant program funding to host awesome community events in parks. Now in its second year, the TD Park People Grant program has been expanded to include community park groups in 7 cities across the country. There are so many ways to get out into city parks between now and New Year’s Eve. Be sure to check out all of the grant recipients and mark your calendar for stellar community events you can attend in your city parks.

Here’s just a sampling of what’s planned in cities across Canada:

Calgary:

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Last year’s East vs West water fight in Calgary’s Crescent Heights brought a divided neighbourhood together in the park, all the while giving adults and kids alike a chance to have fun and cool down in the summer heat! This year, Crescent Heights Community Association is putting an eco-spin on their events by hosting an environmental puppet-making workshop into the park, a tree walk with a local arborist and, of course, the awesome water fight which we’re proud to say has become an annual tradition!

Edmonton:

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We were thrilled to expand the TD Park People Grant program to Edmonton. The Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition is hosting events that focus on building young people’s connection to nature. Their Youth Engagement event at Riverdale Park will highlight their community garden, while Family Adventures in Whitemud Park will focus on the Kihciy Askiy (Sacred Earth), traditional Indigenous and ecological knowledge.

Halifax:

Our friends to the east, in Halifax, were ecstatic to be included in this year’s TD Park People Grant program.  Bloomfield Neighbourhood Residents Association demonstrated great creativity by proposing three different themed potlucks, the final one being a Welcome Home Community Potluck where, together with Immigrant Services Association of NS, they will invite newcomers in the community to share food and experiences. There will be no shortage of excitement with Dramatic Changes Artists Society’s Anti-Oppression improv show and their sunset dance party. Their events will be powered by solar panels and intentionally setting their events in a stewardship framework.

Montreal:

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The creativity of Montreal’s community park groups makes their events unique and well worth checking out! Toddlers and families of Dorval-Lachine will be reading, playing and picnicking in Park Lasalle, brought together by Table de concertation de petite enfance de Dorval Lachine, while the Groupe de citoyens 1e et 2eme ave will be cleaning up at Parc Frederic-Back, an iconic Montreal park in the midst of a huge transformation.

Ottawa:

In Ottawa, both francophone and Anglophone communities are hosting events supported by TD Park People Grants.  Rendez Vous des Aines Francophones d’Ottawa will get local seniors to pitch in for a nature cleanup. A booming beach opening party is happening at the Westboro Beach Community.

Toronto/GTA:

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This year, the TD Park People Grant program was expanded from Toronto to across the entire Greater Toronto Area. Park Friends groups including Silver Creek, Lotherton, Dallington, Henrietta, Hancock Woodlands and Cedarbrook and Thompson Memorial parks are hosting awesome events in their parks.

Vancouver:

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This summer in Vancouver, Gordon Neighbourhood House is taking their model for community action to the park! Broughton Street Mini-Park will be the backdrop for a great community barbeque, a community-wide chilli night featuring games, live music and food and a free gardening workshop for local neighbours to build their connection to urban agriculture.

We can’t wait to see you at these TD Park People Grant supported events. Be sure to check the website regularly for the latest event postings.

 

TD Park People Grants are generously supported by: 

 

 

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The TD Park People Grant program is generously supported by TD Bank Group, through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment. Through this platform, TD is helping to open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow so that people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. As part of this, TD is committed to helping elevate the quality of the environment so that people and economies can thrive, by growing and enhancing green spaces and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.

To learn more about the ready Commitment visit www.td.com/vibrantplanet.

 

TD Park People Grants Program grows to foster more community events across Canada

TORONTO, January 16, 2018

Park People and TD Bank Group are thrilled to announce that the TD Park People Grants Program has officially opened for 2019 funding submissions. This year, the program will expand to two new cities and will provide essential funding to support 75 community groups and 225 park-based events in Metro Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax Regional Municipality.

In 2018, TD Park People Grant Program supported 155 events in green spaces across Canada. Three of those events were hosted by Hives for Humanity, a Vancouver non-profit that builds resilient communities through beekeeping, that hosted a series of bee-themed walks in urban green spaces close to the city’s Downtown Eastside. “The skills and understanding the 30 participants developed, by interacting with bees and plants in urban green spaces, serve as a foundation for building a deeper respect for the natural world, empowering action, and connecting people to each other in community.” says Sarah Common, the organization’s Co-Founder.

“It’s been proven that well-programmed parks are key to realizing the benefits of our shared green spaces.  With TD’s support, we’ll help increase the positive impacts of parks across Canadian neighbourhoods through outdoor events for everyone to enjoy,” said Dave Harvey, Executive Director of Park People.

“Green spaces help build healthy, vibrant communities for everyone to enjoy,” said Carolyn Scotchmer, Executive Director of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.  “As part of TD’s global corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, we’re proud to support accessible and inclusive events that help build stronger ties within communities and foster a deeper connection with nature.”

Starting today, Qualified organizations and community groups that have experience hosting accessible, sustainable park events are encouraged to apply to receive a $2,000 grant to host three events in their local parks or green spaces between Earth Day, April 20, 2019, and New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019. The application process is simple, and TD and Park People have developed a number of resources to help groups plan and host engaging community park events in green spaces. Deadline: March 4, 2019

About Park People

Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve quality of life in cities across Canada. 

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship

TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment

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