We received 3,555 comments through 7 open ended questions. We coded or grouped these comments into 13 categories representing the broad range of key themes and subjects expressed.
Here's a small sample of what we heard from you in the 5 most discussed categories.
We received the most comments in this category, including a range of compliments on and suggestions for park and maintenance and improvements.
"My experience is that they are very busy and well used. We need to ensure these assets are able to meet everyone's needs as the population grows and number of condo dwellers grow too."
"I really appreciate the greenspace that the city does provide for the people living in it. The maintenance is just wonderful it brings a feel of peace and serenity not to mention the wildlife that lives in it as well. It's a great source for fresh air from the trees."
"The newly upgraded playground structures are wonderful. I appreciate that there are different structures for different age levels."
"Toronto has a great system if parks. I would love to see my little park receive the TLC that it needs."
"In Toronto I can walk by creeks, rivers and in forests for free and feel that I am no longer in the city. Please ensure that we never lose these great assets. You are doing a great job. Thank you."
"I would gladly pay higher taxes for improved maintenance and amenities in Toronto's parks. I would love to see winter maintenance on bike lanes. I bike through Toronto's parks daily."
These comments focussed on the various activities that people engage in within Toronto's parks.
"I love city parks. They are essential to city living. I am an allotment plot gardener and love the community garden. I attend the High Park Shakespeare in the Park every year. I walk, bike and hang out in the parks all year. I attend farmer's markets in multiple parks regularly. I swim every day at the outdoor pools when they are open… Parks are extremely important to the vitality of the city. It is a place for people to come together, and enjoy the outdoors.
”My children love the park; we've been visiting parks, going on hikes since our oldest was born. Still do."
"Every Sunday in the good weather (usually April to November) I use the parks and the bike paths to cycle from the centre of the city for some 80 km. Toronto has an excellent system of bike paths. Could always use more."
"I go to access the lake for scuba diving."
"I am retired, and have the luxury of using a nearby forest and park for walking, meeting others, and photography. I use all of the parks around me, which are many and vast. I also visit other parks in the city regularly."
"I play sports, i.e. baseball and bocce."
Comments in this category spanned a range of topics related to the role of nature/parks in Toronto their impact on resident well being.
"We need to preserve green space where people can re-connect with nature. It`s perhaps the finest thing about Toronto that we have green spaces where we can do that."
"We need to recognise that passive naturalised parks are necessary in this huge urban complex and that they should be left free of activities and structures."
"Being from a smaller town, it is so important to have these spaces that make you feel close to nature and to forget the stress and bustle of city life. The green spaces are my sanctuary and way of staying stress free."
"We all need some nature to help us neutralize the city energy. They are imperative to this beautiful city staying beautiful."
"It's nicer to walk through a park than along a city street. If I have an option, I'll walk through the park. So much more calming."
"Parks are a slice of nature in the concrete jungle. Love them!"
Comments in this category referred to all things related to dogs.
"I am a dog owner and use High Park regularly, and am one of those that picks-up their dog's droppings always. I wish that all dog owners were responsible and if not, then they should all be fined."
"Although we do not have a dog, we enjoy meeting the dogs as the walk with their owners on the leash free paths."
"I have a dog. The wonderful people I've met over the years in our dog parks and parks in general, has really given me a sense of community."
"I love the off leash parks available and use them religiously, but it saddens me that so many dog owners just let their dogs run off leash anytime anywhere - and naturally others lump the responsible dog owners in the same group."
"I appreciate the efforts put forth to make parks more dog friendly. Pets are a huge part of our communities and it's been wonderful to see what the city parks department has done."
"There are too many off-leash dogs in areas where they are prohibited. Dogs have charged my toddler several times. I know people love their dogs but there are many dog parks available and I feel the rule should be enforced for safety reasons."
Communication and Education (7%)
These comments focussed on existing/recommended communication and education about parks.
"I would love to see electronic maps for parks online. Often I don't know where the trails, parking etc. are."
"Text message events at a park of choice."
"Off leash dogs are a problem throughout the city in parks. More education and enforcement should be introduced. Dog owners don't seem to understand that some people are not just fearful of dogs but have allergies to dogs. Perhaps more education could help with addressing this issue."
"It is great to see how the city takes care of the parks. Unfortunately, the people who use the park do not care about keeping it clean and usable by other members of the public. It would be beneficial for the city to start promoting the public to keep it clean."
"I don't really need to receive info about parks. Perhaps better signage in parks could tell more about the habitat, and what you are doing to protect it."
"More maps and/or signposts would be helpful. I have helped lost tourists on a few occasions."