Large parks like High Park, Mount Royal and Stanley Park hold space for nature in our cities. They give people pathways to build meaningful connections to nature and each other and they give cities a big head start when it comes to mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Park People established Cornerstone Parks to spread the impact and influence of large urban parks.

With a deep presence in their respective parks and communities, High Park Nature Centre, Les Amis de la Montagne and Stanley Park Ecology Society are the three founding Cornerstone Parks Network partners demonstrating what’s possible for large urban parks.

Over the next three years, we’re expanding the Cornerstone Park Network with a focus on:

  • Building the capacity of park groups in equity-seeking communities,
  • Providing direct funding to community-based stewardship and restoration initiatives,
  • Measuring impact and amplifying the link between community-based stewardship, human well-being and pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours.
  • Engaging in the evaluation and impact measurement activities with our partners in order to capture the collective environmental and social outcomes of their work.

We recognize that people have long-standing, diverse and valuable connections to their beloved large green spaces. Through Cornerstone Parks we’re committed to linking active community organizations to each other, to other large urban park groups and to a bigger movement to hold space for nature in cities.


We are grateful to our three founding Cornerstone partners, who are helping to spread the impact and influence of Canada’s large urban parks.


  Les amis de la montagne     Stanley Park Ecology Society     High Park Nature Centre  

Made possible by the generous support of an anonymous donor, the Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation and

TD Ready Commitment