We know how much nature matters, and we know you do too! That’s why Ontario Parks asked you for your input last year during our Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) consultation.
And you responded!
We received over 2,500 responses from researchers, members of the health sector, environmental groups, indigenous organizations, educators and members of the public!
we hear you
Most of the people we listened to already had a high awareness of the link between nature and health. This was great because it meant we got passionate responses from some of Ontario’s most passionate nature lovers!
You are also a super fan of Ontario parks and the green spaces found in our province. And you were very supportive of programs and organizations that link parks and health.
What we hear most often
The answers we received covered a lot of ground. Some topics included barriers we might encounter when trying to get to nature, such as cost, transportation, and time.
Other topics included accessibility for diverse audiences, the need for more green spaces in Ontario (even in urban areas), and more programs such as forest therapy walks and nature walks.
We also heard a lot about many other groups in Ontario who would like to be involved, or are already involved, in promoting nature and health.
One idea included creating an information network for these groups.
This would allow organizations to share ideas, new information and work together to deliver health and nature programmes.
Just like nature, humans are part of an intricate web and we love the idea of staying connected to an HPHP community.
We know how important nature is. During the consultation, we received an incredible reminder that you too!
The ideas we heard are being used to create a strategic plan to guide HPHP’s work for the coming years.
We look forward to continuing to work with individuals and groups across Ontario. Together we can help people learn more about how good nature is for their bodies and minds.
We can also ensure that people have the opportunity to spend time in the beautiful green spaces found throughout Ontario.