“The Summit will bring together park advocates, community groups, parks staff, city councillors, concerned Torontonians and park experts from across North America to generate ideas and create a road map for better parks in Toronto. The event builds on the success of last year’s sold out Summit.
The Summit takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Avenue) on Saturday May 12 from 1:00 – 5:30 pm. The theme of this year’s Park Summit is Citizen Engagement in Our Parks. There will be panels, presentations and discussions sharing ideas on how we can better bring community energy, ideas and funding into our parks. Ideas generated at the Summit will be pulled together into a solutions paper to be released in June by Park People. Our keynote speaker is Robert Hammond, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the High Line in New York. Robert will tell his inspiring story of how two average residents became motivated to preserve and redevelop a community space. Their energy galvanized a community and lead to the creation of the High Line, now one of the most inspiring public parks in the world drawing millions of tourists and revitalizing an entire neighbourhood. The first three hours of the Summit are for presentations and discussions with the final 90 minutes for a reception. Further details on the Summit are on the www.parkpeople.ca website.”