Stanley Park takes up 1,000 acres of downtown land in Vancouver. Winnipeg boasts the Assiniboine and its famed Park Zoo. Toronto -- the winding trails of its massive High Park. And though these singular Canadian icons each contain a buffet of activities, it's the underrated, overarching network of accessible public spaces beyond them that is key to their wellbeing and community livelihoods.
At this year's Park Summit, guests presented their large- and small-scale initiatives to improve the quality of Canadian park life -- among them, the Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors who spoke of fishing in the city, the Friends of McCormick Park and their shipping container cafe, and Vancouver's GM of Parks and Recreation, Malcolm Bromley, who discussed the west coast gem's signature park system. Capped off with a reception and tour of Regent Park, the annual event connects the public, policymakers, and community leaders with an aim to instil active involvement in one of the few places we are all free to enjoy in the city, no matter what our social or economic backgrounds.
The event is presented annually by Park People, the Toronto Alliance for Better Parks, and -- just like the open spaces they fiercely promote -- is free for the public. Yes!