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Toronto urban park carved from yards, public space

Introducing a fresh concept in urban planning: the crowdsourced park. Toronto is pioneering the establishment of a “national park” that stitches together front and back yards and public space, Adele Peters writes in Fast Company.

The green corridor is designed by local volunteers — this is the crowdsourced part — who double as “park rangers.” They plant unauthorized guerrilla gardens, transform schoolyards into butterfly havens and host picnics and educational tours, among other creative undertakings. 

The Homegrown National Park Project is run by the David Suzuki Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity that promotes environmental conservation and livable cities. Plans are underway to expand the park to more neighborhoods in 2014. By next year, Peters adds, the foundation expects to have rangers in each of the city’s 44 wards. 

Inspiration for the idea came from two writers: Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle, and Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, the foundation says.

Fast Company

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