The 4th annual Toronto Park Summit will take place on February 22nd at Daniels Spectrum: 585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Toronto Park People's Park Summit is the premier event celebrating and sharing the successes and opportunities of Toronto’s 1600+ parks. This year’s theme, Reimagine Our Parks, will explore creative ways volunteers and partners can transform parks into the heart of their communities. Join 350+ of Toronto’s most passionate park advocates and champions at the 2014 Toronto Park Summit.
This is a free event with donations accepted at the door.
Paid public parking is available at the Daniels Spectrum. It is accessible via Sackville Street, just south of Dundas. Subject to availability.
1:30 Opening & Introduction Dave Harvey, Director, Toronto Park People
2:00 Keynote Adrian Benepe will give our Summit keynote address. Adrian was New York City’s Parks Commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg from 2002 to 2012. He is currently a Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for the Trust for Public Land. Read his full bio below >
3:00 A Showcase of Opportunities to Reimagine Our Parks
We’ll hear from four people who are transforming their parks. Our showcase will include:
Friends of Earl Bales Park - Partnerships for Parks
Panorama Community Garden Group - Rexdale Foodie Fest
Friends of the York Beltline - Linear Parks & Active Transportation Corridors
Friends of The Guild Park & Gardens - Where Art Meets Nature
4:00 Social mixer and party After the speakers, at 4:00 mix with city councillors, park volunteers, park staff, and fellow park advocates. Connect with organizations that can help you make a difference in your park and check out their displays.
5:30 Tour of Regent Park Join members of the Regent Park Food Partnership for a one-hour walking tour of the Regent Park community. Regent Park is undergoing a massive transformation, which is being looked at around the world as a model by which challenged urban neighbourhoods can be re-imagined and re-created as healthy, sustainable communities. See and hear about the new state-of-the-art neighbourhood amenities (including the six-acre park!) that are at the centre of this transformation and are sure to be a destination for the entire City!
A Keynote by Adrian Benepe
We're excited to announce Adrian Benepe as our keynote speaker. Adrian was New York City’s Parks Commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg from 2002 to 2012. He is currently a Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for the Trust for Public Land, the world’s leading independent organization supporting the protection and enhancement of city parks. Adrian is one of the leading global experts on connecting the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in public-space development and management and his role with TPL is to provide advice on using partnerships to improve parks in cities across the US. As NYC’s Parks Commissioner, Adrian oversaw a renaissance in New York City’s parks system including adding 730 acres of parkland and overseeing such exciting new parks as the High Line, Battery Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park.