Ontario Parks Association   
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Community Parks Week

Celebrating Our Greenspaces
October 1 to 7
Planning and Information Guide


Q. What is Community Parks Week?

A. Community Parks Week (CPW) is an annual Autumn initiative that encourages individuals and communities to protect and restore our environment through participation in a variety of outdoor physical activities and outdoor experiences, which respect and protect the environment.

Q. When is Community Parks Week?

A. Community Parks Week is held October 1st to 7th annually in communities across Ontario.

Q. Why Should I Get Involved?

A. There are many benefits involved in Community Parks Week:

  • Connection - bringing various community groups, organizations and individuals together for a Community Parks Week event provides an opportunity to make connections in your neighborhood, thus creating alliances and strengthening the community’s commitment to its environment.
  • Health – encouraging individuals to regularly participate in outdoor physical activities and experiences that respect and protect the environment will have a lasting impact on both the individual and the natural area. These types of activities which respect and protect our environment will also help ensure that our community green spaces are healthy for the generations after us.
  • Safety – promoting regular community activities in your local parks and natural areas will increase the number people using these sites and accordingly increase the number of eyes and ears looking out for each other.
Q. What is the Guide For?

A. The Planning and Information Guide has been designed to assist individuals, schools, municipalities and other organizations in planning a successful Community Parks Week Celebration.

Q. How Do I Get Involved?

A. Once you have decided to participate in Community Parks Week and have an idea for an event, check out the partner and resource page of the Guide. If you require assistance, this page contains information about existing organizations which may be able to offer help, advice, or point you in the right direction.

Q. Should We Tell Anyone What We're Doing?

A. It is always a good idea to let various stakeholders know of your plans, especially if they involve the use of public space. Contact your local parks department and fill them in on what you’re planning for Community Parks Week. You never know, maybe they’ll be interested in participating or helping you out in some way.

Need More Information or Help?

Contact OPA at (905) 864-6182 or email opa@opassoc.on.ca and we will attempt to assist you wherever possible.



Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · RR4 · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

(*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)


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