Back when this website was created, we optimistically announced a Conference for 2015. Investing months into planning the POP UPs and many more months into raising funds for the PLAYbynature Project, the likelihood of our little organization mounting a conference seemed more and more remote. Then we heard that Tim Gill, U.K. Play Policy expert, was planning a cross-Canada tour and with the generous help of Adam Bienenstock of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, we booked Tim to speak in Toronto!
Other partners have gathered around this GreenHere PLAYbynature Bienenstock collaboration to make this mini-conference possible. Support has flowed in from Councillor Ana Bailao, the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation, Planning and Community Development Departments as well as the non-profit sector: Earth Day Canada, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, Canadian Wildlife Federation.
The “play problem” is multi-facetted, as will be the solutions. There are many environmental, administrative, legal, economic and social barriers that have accumulated over the last 20 years to shut down children’s independent play, putting many of them at risk for obesity and anxiety. What is needed is an over-arching goal to support the children’s needs and commitment to work together to engineer new solutions.
An Evening with Tim Gill and a multi-disciplinary panel of local experts will be one of what we hope will be many collaborative, inter-sectoral, cross-disciplinary discussions to make Toronto a truly Child Friendly City. We would love to see you and hear from you on May 14, 2015 at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto, Rm 308-309, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.