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The Importance of Urban Parks

One of the difficulties of living in a big city like Toronto or the GTA is the lack of proximal green spaces. There are of course parks in and around the city such as High Park and Trinity Bellwoods. But for those who don’t live close enough to green spaces such as these, urban parks are highly important for a neighbourhood to develop a communal feel and for locals to enjoy green spaces.

Leah Wong of the Remi Network highlights some key benefits of urban parks within a neighbourhood. As Wong discusses, an urban park not only contributes to the overall health of the neighbourhood, it also acts as a hub for local communities. Around the GTA, many urban parks hosts events throughout the summer to give families the opportunities to explore the local green spaces. For example, HTO Park at the Harbourfront co-hosts the Redpath Waterfront Festival. Green spaces also help increase property value, attracts and maintains local businesses, and increases the neighbourhood’s aesthetic appeal.

But will I write this, Spring is still 15 days away, meaning that most of us in the GTA don’t want to brave the wintery weather to explore our local urban parks. With that in mind, I’ve included a beautiful TED talk about Ethnographer Wade Davis’ view of Northern Canada. How do you plan to spend the last 15 days of Winter? Comment and reply below.


For further reading of the City of Toronto’s Parks Plan for 2013-2017, click here.

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