Contributed by Walied Khogali Ali, Co-Chair – Community Building Working Group – SDP. On Sunday, August 14th 2022 – thousands of residents attended the beloved community celebration known as Sunday in the Park. Sunday in the Park was founded in the early nineties in Regent Park.
Thank you to the thousands of residents that participated in our community celebration of resilience and revival.
We re-launched the annual regent park festival – Sunday in the Park, which is 100% volunteer-led through the Healing As One charitable organization based in Downtown Toronto in collaboration with the Community Building Working group of the Social Development Plan.
The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in many economic, social and health impacts on our neighbours, families and friends.
With the generous support from partners like the regent park neighbourhood association, agencies and the community – Sunday in the park was a success.
This year, the youth took a leading role in the planning process for our first in person Sunday in the Park event since the onslaught of the global covid pandemic.
The Community Building Working Group is one of the four working groups of the Regent Park Social Development Plan.
Our goal is to create accessible informal and formal spaces, events and groups that bring residents together by removing social and physical barriers; build bridges between market and TCH residents, as well as between residents and agencies/institutions.
For more information please visit https://www.regentparksocial.org/community-building-table
Healing as One’s purpose is to create and support initiatives that bring and heal communities in a unified manner through youth empowerment.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many economic, social and health impacts on our neighbours, families and friends.
We look forward to your continued support for Regent Park’s beloved community festival.
Our theme for the community celebration was resilience and revival. We would like to thank all the residents of Regent Park, both Toronto Community Housing tenants and market residents that volunteered through the planning, implementation & celebration of our collective achievements in the midst of an economic downturn that has impacted so many residents.
We look forward to hosting our neighbours from surrounding neighbourhoods at the next beloved community festival in 2023.
In 2021, we held our first virtual Sunday in the Park. This year, we hosted over 3,500 participants to a community BBQ, shared pizza from our local bake oven, hosted activities for kids, teenagers, adults and seniors. We brought back activities like BINGO, live entertainment, plenty of raffles and giveaways.
The pandemic was a difficult experience for many in our community, and the revival of Sunday in the Park this year signifies an important milestone in our collective journey as a community to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
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