A community where people rebuild their lives.
The Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre is a drop-in community centre that imagines a world where extreme poverty no longer exists; where everyone lives with dignity, safety and enough resources and where people can achieve their potential. A board of directors governs PARC, half of whom must be members of PARC while the other half come from the wider community.
In 1977 a group of community volunteers observed large numbers of adults living in Parkdale rooming houses and boarding homes. Many were survivors of the psychiatric system and had little income, few family contacts and no place to go during the day. Thus, PARC was born. It has been growing, responding to Parkdale’s changing needs, ever since.
From its humble beginnings – a couple of people and a stove – PARC now issues hundreds of T4s and runs many community programs. PARC has ten units of supportive housing on the 3rd floor of our building at 1499 Queen Street West, and has developed 29 more units next door at Edmond Place.
Over the years, PARC has hired from the membership, shed light on the desperate need for affordable and supportive housing and worked for the improvement of the quality of life of psychiatric survivors and marginalized people in Parkdale and beyond.
- Welcome people: PARC is a safe community with open doors.
- End poverty: PARC focuses on both the individuals affected and on the systemic practices that produce poverty.
- Human rights: PARC is committed to challenging oppression that renders people vulnerable.
- Healing and Health: PARC encourages engagement with opportunities to share and learn, a community where people rebuild their lives.
If you want to know more:
Call us at (416) 537-2262
or visit us at 1499 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6R 1A3 — Map