Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Community Involvement

Community group preparing soil for planting

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.


Community Involvement

Commemorative Tree

Commemorative Tributes

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.

Image of a plant at the community gardens

Community Gardens

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.

Children and adults gardening together

Trees Across Toronto

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.

Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now

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.

Strategic & Service Plans

Strategic & Service Plans

Parks, Forestry & Recreation’s Service Plans detail the strategies and actions to better serve residents in the years ahead. Learn more about Parks Plan, Recreation Service Plan, Strategic Forest Management Plan and Natural Environment Trail Strategy.


Natural Ice Rinks

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.


Toronto Sport Hall of Honour

The Toronto Sport Hall of Honour will celebrate and promote exceptional sport contributions and accomplishments of those who have served as inspirational role models in sport and/or have brought sport recognition and honour to the City of Toronto.