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In 2010, City Council approved the development of a City-wide Parks Plan based on seven guiding principles. The Parks Plan will guide the development, management and operation of the system of public parkland in the City of Toronto over a five-year period.
The Parks Plan aims to connect people and communities with parks, advance greening and environmental sustainability, improve the quality of parks, and strengthen the parks system as a legacy for Toronto. It builds on work already being done to maintain and improve the parks system, outlines priorities, and will inform policy-making, guide decision-making and define a program of investment.
The Parks Plan 2013-2017 was approved by Toronto City Council on May 7, 2013. Thank you to the many residents and stakeholder groups who participated in Parks Plan consultation activities. Over 3,750 surveys were completed and more than 400 residents participated in public and stakeholder sessions. Over 100 youth, newcomers, people with disabilities and parks system partners and sponsors were engaged through focus groups. Along with survey data, over 14,700 comments were received through these activities to inform the development of the Parks Plan.