Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program Continues for Second Year of Community Engagement

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March 6, 2019

Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program Continues for Second Year of Community Engagement

Community Groups invited to apply for funding for projects to animate Greenbelt river valleys across the GTHA 

TORONTO – The Greenbelt Foundation and Park People have launched the second year of the successful Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program. Funding is now available to help connect people and communities to Greenbelt protected urban river valley (URVs) systems throughout the GTHA. Over three years, the Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program will provide up to $300,000 in funding to support fifteen place-based projects that will help people explore, celebrate and enhance their local URVs.

In 2018, the Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program supported 5 projects in Ajax, Mississauga, Markham and North Toronto. Over a dozen educational events were held in URVs, with families planting pollinator gardens and students learning about biodiversity. In Markham, Canada’s first Shinrin Yoku Japanese forest bathing trails were opened through this program.

“The Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program has brought people into our river valleys to celebrate and enhance the connection between a protected Greenbelt and clean water in our own communities,” said Edward McDonnell, CEO of The Greenbelt Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Park People to deliver this program and welcome applications from community groups from across the GTHA for this year.”

The Greenbelt Foundation is working collaboratively with Park People, a national organization that supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks in their cities.

“These natural areas are right on our doorstep - ready to be explored and celebrated.  The first year of the program supported some very unique hands-on initiatives connecting hundreds of people to their urban river valleys,” said Dave Harvey, Executive Director of Park People. “We’re very excited to see the diversity and scale of proposals we’ll receive this round.”

Starting today, municipalities and community-based organizations including conservation authorities, social service agencies, non-profits and Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply to receive up to $25,000 in funding. Submissions for 2019 are due Wednesday, March 27th by 5pm.

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About The Greenbelt Foundation:

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, and a thriving economy with healthy local food and active outdoor recreation. At 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and secure. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at greenbelt.ca.

About Park People:

Park People is a national charity that aims to improve the quality of life in cities across Canada by supporting people in the local activation and improvements of parks.

We help people activate the power of parks by connecting a network of park enthusiasts; building local capacity; and leading research in park planning, policy and engagement.

On social media:

Website: www.parkpeople.ca/possibilityflowshere/

Twitter: @Park_People

Instagram: @parkppl

For further information: Jodi Lastman, Manager, Marketing, Park People 416-583-5776, jlastman@parkpeople.ca

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