The Palmerston Area Residents Association (PARA) is a volunteer organization of residents committed to strengthening and preserving the stability, distinctive character and quality of life in the Toronto neighbourhood bounded by Bloor and Bathurst, College and Grace Streets.
We hold community events that bring neighbours together, notably our AGM with speakers on city issues, Party-in-the-Park and in 2019 a laneway naming ceremony for many of our lanes. We take on significant issues, in particular a long term plan for improving the green aspects of our community and decreasing its carbon footprint. We support other community initiatives such as Planet Palmerston, one of the biggest yard sales in the city to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
We advocate for development that will improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood and ensure this can be a home for a diverse and increasing population. Our criteria for assessing development proposals is articulated in our vision statement. We have had a significant impact on the development of the Mirvish Village site.
We communicate with all our residents through a biannual newsletter and web site. Current events are advertised through our Face Book page and eblasts.
The core of PARA is a board elected at our AGM, and the many volunteers who work on the projects described on this site.
Many of the photos used in this site are courtesy of former board member Katherine Childs.