If you're a park person, you need to be at the Second Annual Toronto Park Summit. The Summit brings park advocates, city staff, and experts together with community groups, city councillors, and concerned Torontonians to network, brainstorm, and work together to build momentum for better parks in Toronto. The theme for the 2012 Summit is Connecting Toronto's People and Parks. Learn how other Toronto residents are engaging in and improving their local parks, and help us generate ideas and create opportunities for better citizen engagement in our parks. The input we receive at the Summit will form the basis of a Solutions Paper that Park People is going to release in the fall with our ideas for how the City of Toronto can better work with local residents in our parks.
The agenda for the afternoon is:
|1:30||Opening & Introduction: Dave Harvey, Executive Director of Toronto Park People|
|2:00||Keynote presentation: Robert Hammond, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line, New York City|
Local park leaders' stories of successes and challenges of engaging in their local park (moderated by Jane Farrow)
|4:00 – 5:30||Social mixer and party: Continue the discussion and meet fellow park people|
|5:30||Optional walk through Brick Works' trails and ponds: discussion of successful park greening and naturalization projects|
Our keynote speaker, Robert Hammond, co-founded the Friends of the High Line in 1999, spearheading a process to save the High Line structure from being torn down and driving a community effort to turn the structure into a park. The High Line is now one of the world's greatest public spaces. Learn more about Robert and the park here.
For this year's Summit, we are asking for a suggested contribution of $20 to help us offset the cost of the event. Park People is a project of Tides Canada, a registered charity, and we rely on donations to undertake our work.
The Toronto Park Summit is sponsored by TD Bank Group and supported by Mitchell Cohen and Janice Lewis.
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Park People is an independent charity that builds strong communities by animating and improving parks, placing them at the heart of life in the city. As Canada’s first citywide park organization, we’re leading a renaissance for our parks, built around a simple principle: when communities get involved, parks get better.
We support community park groups in cities across Canada, bringing them together with city staff, funders, businesses, and other partners to host events, plant more trees and gardens, build new park infrastructure, steward volunteers, and transform parks into dynamic community hubs.