City-Wide Parks Plan Overview

In 2010, City Council approved the development of a City-wide Parks Plan based on seven guiding principles: parks and trails as city infrastructure, equitable access for all residents, supporting a diversity of uses, nature in the city, environmental stewardship, place making and community engagement. The Parks Plan will guide acquisition, development, management and operation of the system of public parkland in the City of Toronto over a five-year period.

The Parks Plan will be developed based on seven guiding principles. For more information on the development of the Parks Plan, please refer to the Council-approved report.


The Parks Plan will be guided by seven key principles that were adopted by City Council in 2010:

1. Parks and Trails as City Infrastructure – The system of parks and trails is part of a continuous city-wide green space system that also includes the natural heritage system, publicly accessible open spaces and streetscapes.

2. Equitable Access for All Residents – Parks and trails must be accessible to all residents in all parts of the City and must respond to the needs of a diverse population regardless of age, level of ability, income or cultural background.

3. Nature in the City – Natural spaces should be protected, restored and expanded.

4. Place Making – Visual appeal and a high standard of quality must be emphasized in the planning, design and ongoing management of public parks.

5. Supporting a Diversity of Uses – Parks should be able to handle a variety of uses, appropriate to their location and park type, ranging from active use to passive use, as well as balancing natural areas, tree canopy, community events, urban agriculture and cultural expression.

6. Community Engagement and Partnerships – Community involvement, through stewardship and volunteering, should be encouraged to complement existing city resources. Additionally, engaging the community and business partners to complement existing funding should be explored and implemented.

7. Environmental Goals and Practices – Environmentally responsible practices and green initiatives should be incorporated into the daily planning, design, operation and maintenance of City parks and trails.


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