3rd Annual Toronto Park Summit

Register now for Park People's 3rd Annual Toronto Park Summit taking place on Saturday March 2nd, 2013 at the Daniels Spectrum (Regent Park Arts Centre). Our theme for this year’s Summit is Good Parks for All Neighborhoods and our speakers and activities will focus on ideas and inspiration for ensuring that no matter where you live in Toronto, you have access to a great park.

Keynote Speaker: Mickey Fearn

Mickey Fearn is the National Park Service’s Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance. His responsibilities include Communications; Public Affairs; Strategic Planning; Youth Programs; International Affairs; Partnerships; Legislative and Congressional Affairs; Policy; State and Local Assistance Programs; Partnerships; Public Engagement; the Collaboration for Innovative Leadership; Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion; and outreach to groups currently underrepresented in parks and conservation.

Mickey has been a public servant for over 45 years. Before joining the National Park Service, he worked in Seattle where he held positions as the Director of the City’s Innovation Project, Director of the Neighborhood Leadership Program, and Manager of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. In addition, Mickey created programs to address youth violence and to reconnect young people with nature.

He also served as a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioner for 12 years. Prior to his work in Seattle, Mickey Fearn worked for the Governor of California, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor of Oakland California. His organizational interests include inclusion; collaboration; and innovation and creativity.

More than 200 people are expected to attend from across Toronto - this includes people involved in their local parks, landscape architects, park professionals, senior City park staff and members of city council. If you have questions or ideas for improving your park, this event is an opportunity to be inspired and to speak with individuals who have the expertise to make change.

The event includes a tour of the revitalization activities that are taking place in Regent Park, a great example of how a community can come together to make change in its neighbourhood. You'll get to see and learn about the Social Development Plan, which since its approval by City Council in 2003, has led to the strengthening and growth of the local community.

Register for this free event here. Donations will be accepted at the door. Park People is a project of Tides Canada, a registered charity, and we rely on donations to undertake our work.

Paid public parking is available at the Daniels Spectrum. It is accessible via Sackville Street, just south of Dundas. Subject to availability. 

Don't forget to follow @Park_People on Twitter and stay connected to the event with #ParkPeople2013. 


1:00 Registration 
1:30 Opening & Introduction: Dave Harvey, Director, Toronto Park People 
2:00 Keynote Presentation: Mickey Fearn, Deputy Director, US National Park Service, Washington DC 
3:00 Local park leaders’ stories of successes and challenges in four different Toronto neighbourhoods: Malvern, Parkdale, Victoria Village, Coxwell/Gerrard
4:00 Social mixer and party: Continue the discussion and meet fellow park people 
5:30 Optional tour of the redevelopment of Regent Park, including new aquatic centre and designs for new park

Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank Group.
Supporting Sponsor: Janice Lewis and Mitchell Cohen

Thank you to the following partners for their support:
Great Lakes Brewery Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
Summit Audience
On Saturday, March 2nd, park advocates, community park leaders, city staff, and city councillors all gathered at the Daniels Spectrum (Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre) for the third annual Toronto Park Summit.

Dave Harvey
Park People Director Dave Harvey introduced the summit theme, "Good Parks for All Neighbourhoods." Dave also summarized new initiatives such as the Weston Park Challenge, the Parks 44 program and LEAF and Park People's Adopt-a-tree pilot program.

Mickey Fearn
Keynote speaker Mickey Fearn, former Deputy Director of the National Park Service in Washington D.C., shares his personal insights about his 46-year career in parks. Mickey has led inspiring initiatives in cities across the US focused on reaching out to diverse communities and youth, connecting them with parks and nature and eliminating discrimination.

Tammy and Jane
Summit moderator, Jane Farrow, interviews Tammy Yuen, one of four community panelists, who spoke about her eco-initiatives to connect new immigrants to nature in parks. To view our four videos about community park projects, click here.

Jim Hart
Jim Hart, General Manager of Parks Forestry and Recreation speaks about the new "culture of yes" in the Parks Department.

Doug Bennet
Doug Bennet, of the Toronto Partnerships Unit, hosts one of nine exhibitor tables at the reception.

Alex Dow

Jane Farrow and Friends

Julia and Dave

Julia Howell and friends

Michael B and Jane

Mihevic and Jane

MMM, Fletcher, Fairmount - Ice Masters

Ray and Jane

Rouge National Park

Shelly Carroll and friend

Saturday, 2 March 2013 - 1:30pm to 5:30pm
585 Dundas St. East
Toronto  Ontario  M5A 2B9