Building Solutions

Leadership activities that highlight possibilities for our parks

Our Building Solutions projects are ‘special’ initiatives that shine a light on parks’ potential and show how collaboration and innovation results in the best work & thinking on parks

Current Building Solutions projects include:

Funding Programs:

Great parks are essential to Toronto’s health and vitality. They strengthen the community and provide environmental, economic and social benefits. With a commitment of $5 million over three years, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation launched the Weston Family Parks Challenge to ensure the long-term sustainability of Toronto’s parks. Building on the success of the first year, the Ontario Trillium Foundation joined in 2014 with an additional commitment of $1.125 million towards the initiative. Park People brings expertise and is administering the program.


Park People writes and shares research that highlights the challenges and opportunities our city parks face. Our latest report, Making Connections proposes strategies for creating a network of parks and open spaces that in a city like Toronto, where density and real estate prices are barriers to new park development. Our many reports inform policy, planning and thinking on issues related to parks and public space.

Consulting Services

As cities grow in population and density, traditional park development becomes more difficult. New creative strategies are needed to meet the parks and open space needs of communities in sometimes challenging environments. Park People has the expertise to navigate this new environment and understands that these challenges also offer opportunities to engage communities in the creation of exciting new parks and open spaces. Park People undertakes consulting projects in the following areas:

  • Research and Planning: Providing practical, solutions-focused research and planning for parks
  • Partnership Development: Devising park partnership models that bring the best of multiple partners together to improve and animate parks.
  • Community Engagement: Facilitating the articulation of a community’s vision for public space and ensuring long-term engagement.

Building Solutions Goal: To advance a progressive and innovative city park agenda

Building Solutions Stories:

Creating Places for People as we Grow

  As municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe shift from building sprawling single-family housing neighbourhoods to denser neighbourhoods filled with a mix of housing—including high-rise towers—we also need to shift the way we plan, design, and engage... read more

People of Parks: Jutta Mason

In this special series, Park People explores the people who make up the Park Friends movement. Each month, we will ask one park volunteer to share with us what inspires them to give their time and energy to city parks. This month, we talk to Jutta Mason, a community... read more