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Parks in Action Workshops

Sketch of Cityscape in front of orange sky

About the Workshops

Parks in Action is designed to include a range of active to passive participation opportunities that are both educational and procreative. Throughout July and August, engagement activities will be hosted in the exhibition space, designed to bring together community members, climate research experts, NGOs and policy-makers. At these activities, a new participatory design tool will be piloted where participants will tackle one of four pressing urban issues (urban heat, urban flooding, ecology & green infrastructure, or public space activation).

Through this interactive and playful activity, players will take a deep dive into Toronto’s unique towers-in-the-park landscapes and will be encouraged to think critically about ways landscape can be infrastructure when we talk about climate mitigation and adaptation. While working through this activity collaboratively, the ultimate goal is for all participants, regardless of background, is to walk away feeling more empowered and able to advocate for the types of changes they would like to see in Toronto, as well as have a better understanding of infrastructural solutions to climate risk.

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*Due to capacity restrictions we kindly ask that participants only sign up for a single workshop*

Each workshop will take place from 6 to 8pm at World Urban Pavilion, 660 Dundas Street East, Unit 5/6, with refreshments and light snacks available to all participants.

The dates and themes of the four workshops are as follows:

  • July 19: Public Space Activation (sold out)
  • July 26: Urban heat
  • August 9: Urban Flooding
  • August 23: Ecology & Green Infrastructure

Workshop Agenda

  • Participants will arrive, be assigned to one of four tables and the facilitators will introduce basics of the game and the workshop topic will be discussed (5 min)
  • Within each table group, participants will go around for personal introductions, including individual importance of public space (10 min)
  • Time will be given for each table to review the associated materials, including the game board base, workshop theme and climate action cards (15 min)
  • Collaboratively co-design will take up the majority of the session, which will include the use of climate action cards to address identified problems and co-create better public spaces (60 min)
  • Each session will conclude with a short discussion and shareback from all four tables (20 min)

Parks in Action highlights a new form of knowledge sharing through a democratic, participatory process. The goal of these workshops is to provide a unique opportunity to a diverse group of community members, researchers and policy-makers to have collaborative and solution-oriented discussions regarding ongoing urban issues.