How local parks can transform Toronto neighbourhoods

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A recently published report, Sparking Change, published by advocacy group Park People, argues that parks can foster better community relationships and support economic development. It’s not necessarily the fancy new playground or designer benches that make that happen, said Jake Tobin Garrett, the report’s author. Instead, it’s ongoing programming that gives people a reason to meet their neighbours.

One of the best features of parks, according to the report, is the range of social connections that strengthen neighbourhood ties — neighbourly nods and meetings with pettable dogs can go a long way. These interactions that make parks feel like supportive and inviting places don’t just happen by themselves and community involvement can make a big difference in getting there.

 David Hains, MetroNews Canada