Ontario Parks Association   
Protecting Tomorrow Today®





Community Parks Week

Celebrating Our Greenspaces
October 1 to 7
Planning and Information Guide



Various activities you may wish to coordinate:

  • Adopt-a-tree, adopt-a-bench, adopt-a-park
  • Art exhibition in the park
  • Bird watching
  • Build a compost box for your school or park "greenspace"
  • Building & erecting bird houses
  • Campfire/nature stories
  • Community Greenspace Competition - Best Looking Native Neighbourhood Park/Greenspace Contest
  • Community Leaf Rake for composting
  • Community Nature Carnival - native community products, dance demos, displays, bird watching, nature games
  • Contest on the best environmentally-friendly idea
  • Discover and share the rich history of your local community parks
  • Enviro-picnic
  • Environmental auction to support local environmental initiative
  • Environmental Photo & Picture Competition
  • Gardening with native plants
  • Hayrides
  • Hold your art class in the park and draw what you see to celebrate nature on paper
  • Horseback riding
  • Make a video of the history of the local community parks
  • Make kites out of newsprint, fly outdoors in community park and recycle your kite.
  • Owl prowl
  • Parade: clowns, environmentally-friendly floats, and people dressed as vegetation, wildlife, trees
  • Park clean-up day
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Scavenger hunt for garbage
  • Community dog walk


Sporting Activities

This list is not intended to present an exhaustive list of sporting activities that are deemed to be sensitive to the environment.

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Bocci ball
  • Broom ball
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fitness day
  • Golfing
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoeing
  • Lawn bowling
  • Mountain biking (on designated and authorized trails only)
  • Orienteering
  • Relay races of various types - feet, bikes, tire tubes
  • Roller blading
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis/Ping Pong
  • Track & field events
  • Volleyball
  • Walking


Suggested Activities developed by Evergreen

Seeing-Eye "Buddies"
Find a partner – your 'buddy". Select an area of the school grounds/park that has trees or other interesting items to look at; try to look for something unusual, something that you haven’t really noticed much before, like the shape of a branch, a collection of plants, or the shape of a flower. Sit back to back with your "buddy". Describe what you see while your "buddy" draws what you are describing. Change roles so that your "buddy" can describe something that you can’t see. (Don’t peek, it ruins the fun) Then compare your pictures with what was really there. What things did you miss, what things did you communicate best.

Where Do Pigeons Perch?
(habitat adaptation) Observe birds on your school grounds or in the park. Notice that most birds have areas where they prefer to "hang-out". Seagulls never sit in trees or on wires, but they like grassy field, rooftops and telephone poles. Starlings, on the other hand are happy almost anywhere. Pigeons like roofs, wires and fields, but you won’t find them in trees. Why not? Make up a chart of the various types of places birds might prefer. Then, observe different species of birds and record where they go. Graph and analyze your observations. Draw hypotheses and conclusions. (Keep your chart simple)

Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

Please make a commitment to travel to your event in an environmentally sensitive manner and whenever possible try to reduce automobile travel to an event, and when an automobile must be used please car-pool!

Please also consider including directions to your events or community parks for individuals to arrive by bicycle, foot, train, transit, bicycle as opposed to solely providing directions for travel by automobile.

Promote Your Event Through . . .

  • Local parks and recreation departments
  • Local libraries
  • Local services clubs
  • Local business
  • Local radio stations
  • Local newspapers
  • Local nurseries
  • Local environmental organizations
  • Local community sport associations
  • Local schools
  • Neighbourhood community associations
  • Signs and pamphlets
  • T-shirts,sweaters, calendars


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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