Toronto’s Park People launches Public Space Incubator

This month, Toronto-based charity Park People has launched a ‘Public Space Incubator,’ aiming to re-imagine parts of the city’s public realm from the ground up. With up to $340,o00 earmarked for pilot projects to transform public spaces, the new initiative — jointly funded by Ken and Eti Greenberg and the Balsam Foundation — will  10 grants set to be provided over the course of the next two years.

Park People, Public Space Incubator
Photo via Park People. Photo Credit: Alley Oop 1: Modacity

Park People’s official website provides more details about the new program:

With increasing densities and challenges to creating new public spaces, we need to creatively make the most of every space in our city to contribute to our quality of life. Toronto is seeing a growing interest in innovative ways to inhabit and enliven our public spaces and find new ones.

We’re looking for people who have bold, creative, and radical ideas for Toronto’s parks, plazas, schoolyards, laneways, streets, and other publicly-accessible open spaces.

We want to encourage and support the next generation of creative public space projects. By providing access to funding and professional networks, Public Space Incubator will support tangible pilots that test new, innovative ways to bring under-utilized public spaces to life.

With a focus on innovation, partnerships, programming, and scalability, Public Space Incubator will provide ten projects—five in each of 2018 and 2019—with up to $50,000 in funding per project. And, as an incubator, will support successful applicants in implementing projects by connecting them with a network of professionals.

More details of the program — including eligibility criteria for projects — are available via the Park People website, linked here, while a recent blog post by Park People’s Jake Tobin Garrett provides further clarifies the new initiative’s ethos.