Send an Email to make High Park Car-Free
It's time for a car-free High Park.
We believe that High Park should become a natural refuge from the stresses of city life – a healthy environment where people can enjoy the park free of motor traffic and the accompanying air pollution, noise, and threat of injury.
Back in 2020, the City of Toronto took the bold step of closing High Park on weekends to vehicles. 3 years later and the success of this decision could not be any more clear: the park is as busy as ever on weekends and 75% agree that the road closures have had a positive impact, including the majority of families with young children and park users with disabilities. In fact, the majority of park visitors and users agree that a car-free High Park will:
Make the park safer
Make the park more accessible
Improve the park's natural environment
That is why it is vital we maintain and expand upon one of the few car-free spaces in the city.
As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said when Central Park went permanently car-free back in 2018: “Our parks are for people, not cars. We are prioritizing the safety and the health of millions of parents, children and visitors who flock to Central Park.”
If a park can’t be car-free, then what hope do we have of prioritizing low carbon modes of transportation, meeting our climate goals, and putting the health and safety of people first?
Please take a moment to email the High Park Movement Strategy team, Councillor Gord Perks, Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie, Barbara Gray (Transportation Services General Manager), Janie Romoff (Parks, Forestry and Recreation General Manager) and members of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee to express your support to make High Park permanently car-free.
Thank you for adding your support to make High Park a park for people, not cars.