Parks, Forestry & Recreation
Get involved in your community
Whether you know all your neighbours or if you've just moved into a newly-established community, there's always a way to become more engaged within your community. Simply put, community engagement is the process of becoming involved in decisions that affect you and your community. This may entail the planning, development and management of services. Or, it may be about tackling the problems of a neighbourhood, such as maintenance of local facilities or lack of playgrounds for children. We believe that strong communities are built through the collective experiences and ideas of residents who strive to make a lasting difference.
The City of Toronto offers wonderful ways to pay lasting tribute to individuals, special occasions and organizations through its Commemorative Tributes trees, benches and bales programs in City parks.
The Community Gardens Program is cultivating a dynamic community gardening movement across the City. Community gardens benefit everyone by creating safe and healthy recreational activity within our parks system, and on other City-owned lands.
Trees Across Toronto is the City’s native tree and shrub planting program, highlighted by an annual April planting event. The program responds directly to the tree canopy goal and is a major step forward in reclaiming underdeveloped and “un-treed” lands.
Help out in one of our many Community Centres, become a Parkland Naturalization Volunteer and take part in Community Planting, Community Stewardship or Natural Environment Trails support, or choose Youth & Leadership program.
Your input is important and valued. Please take part in our active surveys or review some of our past survey results.
In many communities volunteers come together to create natural ice rinks on parkland with support from Parks staff. These community-run rinks are a unique way for people to play an active role in their parks and provide their neighbours with a great back-to-nature skating experience.