Gil Penalosa Launches Mayoral Bid with Week-long Walk through Toronto Parks
Candidate to ask Torontonians how their greenspaces can be improved
Toronto – Mayoral candidate Gil Penalosa launches his campaign today with a week-long walk through parks across the city to ask Torontonians how our city’s green spaces can be improved. Penalosa will start at Etobicoke’s Fairhaven Park and finish Thursday at Rouge Park in Scarborough.
“The pandemic has shown us that our parks are essential for physical and mental health,” said Penalosa. “Toronto’s park system has the potential to be the best in the world. To achieve this goal we need to harness the ideas of local residents who know best how to improve their neighbourhood greenspaces.”
Above: Gil, conversing with Toronto residents about parks across the city.
Gil is the Founder and Chair of the successful Canadian non-profit organization 8 80 Cities, as well as the first Ambassador of World Urban Parks, the international representative body for city parks, open space and, the recreation sector. Throughout his career, Gil has been a strong advocate for improving city parks, making his first mark in Bogotá, Colombia, where he led the design and construction of over 200 parks - including Simon Bolivar, a 113-hectare park in the heart of the city.
Gil will release his Parks for Everyone Plan this Friday, July 22nd, based on his conversations with Torontonians.
Torontonians are encouraged to visit gilformayor.ca/parks to submit their suggestions for park improvements and are able to follow his parks tour on social media through the hashtag #WalkingTheCity