Friends of City Parks

Vital support for communities to animate and improve our parks

Friends of City Park Groups

In Every Ward in Toronto

When communities get involved, parks get better. Park People supports more than 100 park groups across our city, such as Friends of Withrow Park. These groups are crucial to organize volunteers to green and care for their local parks, advocate for park improvements, and host events such as tree plantings, nature walks, and festivals.

Park People provides key supports to these groups through:


An annual, city-wide Park Summit that brings together the entire parks community to learn about, share and celebrate parks


Training workshops, direct mentoring, and advice to groups planning events, applying for permits, and seeking funding


Important news and updates shared through our monthly newsletter and social media


Handbooks and resource guides for groups organizing volunteer-run activities, such as adopt-a-park-tree programs, campfires, outdoor movies, and natural ice rinks


A community-driven online events calendar that connects residents to local park events


Connecting groups to city-wide festivals such as Jane’s Walks and Clean Toronto Together

Friends of City Parks Goal: Engage all Torontonians in their local parks

Park People has blossomed into a network of 80 park groups across the city.  It’s mandate is to inspire new innovations in the use of public space and to make great parks accessible to all Torontonians. From installing outdoor brick tandoori and pizza ovens to hosting farmers markets and a litany of cultural festivals, more and more neighbourhood parks are becoming dynamic vibrant hubs.

David Suzuki and Jode Roberts

Toronto’s Enviro Report Card, David Suzuki Foundation

[Park People] has hit upon a working method of do-it-yourself community activism: engaged volunteers seeking permission to do things on their own….a model for the future of advocacy in Toronto Globe & Mail

Friends of City Park Stories:

Park Events Roundup: June 4

You can take a seat as part of #SitTO or if you feel like getting active, you can stand up and do some planting for community and butterfly gardens. This weekend is 100in1Day so be sure to get informed about the 100+ urban interventions happening across Toronto. Check... read more

People of Parks: Eleanor Jimenez

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 Eleanor Jimenez, who... read more

Park Events Roundup: May 26

There’s a creative spark in Toronto parks this weekend. You can experience it while learning how to Adopt a Tree in Regent Park, Picnicking with Newcomers in Dufferin Grove Park, while cycling along Bathurst Street and at a full on spring party with Milkweed for... read more