City Planning

Planners in Public Spaces

UPCOMING EVENTS:

AFROFEST - July 4 & 5, 2015

Planners in Public Spaces will be attending Afrofest on July 4 and July 5, 2015. Afrofest, presented by Music Africa, is a celebration of African music held at Woodbine Park.  The event is expected to attract over 100,000 attendees.  

Planners in Public Spaces will be at the event from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday, July 4 and from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday July 5. Planners will be engaging people to discuss what they love about Toronto.

TASTE OF LAWRENCE - July 4, 2015

Planners in Pubilc Spaces will be at the Taste of Lawrence on July 4, 2015 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Taste of Lawrence is a three-day food and cultural festival that takes place in the Wexford Heights BIA. As Scarborough's largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. The festival was founded 12 years ago and attracts more than 130,000 people per year.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FARMER'S MARKET - July 8, August 19, & September 16, 2015

The University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Farmer's Market provides an opportunity for local farmers, producers and artisans to connect directly with customers from within U of T Scarborough Campus and the local community. The market is here to foster an awareness of the benefits of buying local and to provide the greater U of T Scarborough Campus community with locally grown, sustainably-produced, healthy food. PiPS is partnering with U of T to host three sessions scheduled for July 8, August 19 and September 16.


PAST 2015 EVENTS:

2015 Season Launch – June 17
Planners in Public Spaces partnered with the storytelling group, Raconteurs for its 2015 Season Launch. It was a great event with 144 people attending. Raconteurs have a monthly event series at the Tranzac Club featuring true, personal storytelling live on stage without notes or props. The theme for the launch was Neighbourhoods, and storytellers told their stories abut the places they lived and how they shaped and informed their lives.  Chief Planner and Executive Director Jennifer Keesmaat was among the storytellers. Planners in Public Spaces engaged with audience members before the show to get their personal views on living in their neighbourhoods. The event provided planners with an opportunity to hear about people's favourite things and challenges in their neighbourhood. 

 

ABOUT PiPS
Planners in Public Spaces is a public engagement initiative started by City Planning in 2013 in order to advance actionable items of its Strategic Plan, under the Strategic Direction for Clear, Consistent and Compelling Communication.

The basic purpose of Planners in Public Spaces is to bring planners to the people and provide opportunities for the public to engage with City Planners, one-on-one, on issues that affect the City and specific concerns they may have about development and policy in the city.

Planners in Public Spaces format is simple. We bring a tent, a table, some planning material and a bunch of planners and set up in parks, recreation centres and some special events like farmers' markets or festivals. Then we are ready to chat with anyone with a question or comment.

 

PiPS MISSION
To engage with the people of Toronto by going to where people are in order to increase residents' access to planners, reach people who don't attend our traditional public consultations, and advance the public's understanding of planning with the intention of increasing future citizen participation in the planning process.

 

PiPS GOALS
—LEARN – To actively listen and learn from what we hear.
TEACH – To promote understanding of planning.
PARTNER - To promote dialogue and collaboration.
—CONTRIBUTE - To give our energy, time and skills to address various needs in the communities we serve.
—INNOVATE - To engage the public in a variety of ways; to reach segments of the public City Planning doesn't usually engage; and to attract people to events using new methods and tools.

 

WHO MAKES UP PLANNERS IN PUBLIC SPACES?
Planners in Public Spaces is organized and run by City Planning staff volunteers from each of the four districts across the city. More than 65 planners from Community Planning, Parks, Transportation Planning, Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis, Heritage, Urban Design and Graphics, and Committee of Adjustment make up this year's volunteer base.

 

CONTACT
Planners in Public Spaces is always interested in partnership opportunities or requests to attend community events. For more information, contact Ms. Sipo Maphangoh, Chair, Planners in Public Spaces, smaphan@toronto.ca.

2015 Schedule of Events

Toronto & East York

Toronto and East York District PiPS 2015 Schedule

Date

Event

Location

Partner

June 17

PiPS 2015 Season Launch

Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick

Raconteurs

July 4-5

Afrofest

Woodbine Park

Music Africa

July TBD

PANAMANIA

Nathan Phillips Square

TBD

July 15

PiPS - Pop-up

Trinity Square Park

TBD

July 24

PiPS – Pop-up

Kew Park

n/a

July 26

Kensington Pedestrian Sundays

Kensington Market

TBD

August 14

PiPS – Pop-up

Christie Pits Park

n/a

August TBD

PiPS – Pop-up

Evergreen Brickworks Park

n/a

August TBD

TBD

Sugar Beach

TBD

August 25

PiPS – Pop-up

Davisville Farmers’ Market

n/a

August TBD

Taste of Regent Park

Regent Park

TBD

September 12

St. Jamestown Community Festival

St Jamestown neighbourhood

TBD

September 13

City Hall 50th Anniversary

City Hall – Nathan Phillips Square

Legoland

November 2

Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange

Toronto Arts Centre

Artscape & Creative Places Outside the Core

Scarborough

Scarborough District PiPS 2015 Schedule

Date

Event

Location

Partner

June 13

Highland Creek Village Festival & PiPS Pop-up Consultation

Highland Creek Village

n/a

July 4

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Taste of Lawrence

Lawrence Avenue
(Warden to Birchmount)

City of Toronto (Councillor Thompson)

 July 8, August 19, & September 16

3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

University of Toronto Farmer's Market

 University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, 

1265 Military Trial (Parking Lot 4)

University of Toronto 

July 18

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

ME DAY Multicultural Community Festival

Scarborough Village Park

23 Gatesview Avenue

Kinron Associates Event Services Management

August 27

Community Conservation Fair

410 Warden Avenue

TCHC

October 3

Community Environment Day

Cedarbrae Mall (west side of parking lot)

3495 Lawrence Avenue East

 City of Toronto (Councillor De Baeremaeker)

TBD

PiPS Pop-up

Malvern Town Centre

31 Tapscott Road

n/a

TBD

PiPS Pop-up

Scarborough Civic Centre Library

156 Borough Drive

n/a

TBD

Office Hours – Book a Planner

Malvern Library (30 Sewells Road) and/or Agincourt Library (155 Bonis Avenue)

n/a

Etobicoke

Etobicoke York District PiPS 2015 Schedule

Date

Event

Location

Partner

July 18th

Weston Farmers' Market

TPA Lot
John Street, Weston

Toronto Complete Streets & Transit Initiatives Unit

August 19 or 26

Montgomery's Inn Farmers' market

4709 Dundas Street West

n/a

August 22 or 29

 

 

n/a

September 12

Etobicoke Civic Centre Farmers' market

Etobicoke Civic Centre

n/a

September 18

PiPS Pop-up

Humber College, Lakeshore

n/a

North York

North York District PiPS 2015 Schedule

Date

Event

Location

Partner

June 8 - 12

Consumers Road Planning Study – Employee Travel Survey

Various locations

n/a

June 16

Consumers Road Planning Study – Public Open House Promotion

2, 4, & 6 Lansing Square Courtyard - Tenant BBQ

Local property owners

June 22

Consumers Road Planning Study – Public Open House Promotion/Employee Engagement

Parkway Place – 243 Consumers Road (2nd Floor Atrium)

 

Local property owners

June 23

Consumers Road Planning Study – Public Open House Promotion/Employee Engagement

At the Victoria Park / Consumers Road Intersection:

NE Corner – Starbucks Patio

NW Corner – Enbridge Green Space

Local property owners