This post was created together with TD and the TD Common Ground Project, however, all opinions are always my own. 

In a world of electronics it’s more important than ever to bring people together. And what better way to do so than with some outdoor green spaces. The more we get together the more we learn from each other, and the more we connect on a deeper level. Which is so important in today’s world.

It’s amazing when companies recognize this, and even better when they extend a helping hand. In recognition of Canada’s 150th year, TD invested in the revitalization of over 150 parks and green spaces to get them ready to bring people together. Green spaces are where we meet, talk and play – and find common ground. Through the TD Common Ground Project, TD sought to create a legacy of green spaces that Canadians can enjoy for years to come.

Whether you’ve had a bad day, or you’re looking to start it on the right foot, having a space to retreat to is key. Here in Halifax we’re getting a makeover of our own. Remember this previous post about the kick-off party for the Dartmouth North Library? It was an amazing experience to participate in this launch, and anyone who follows me on Instagram knows I was absolutely thrilled and humbled to be a part it. The sheer joy and excitement of everyone there was palpable I just know this project is going to do such good for this community.

Currently the project is under way and we’re really looking forward to the renovation of their outdoor space that will compliment the indoor renovation as well.

TD GreenSights report, combining insights from experts in green space as well as survey results from a poll of 1500 Canadians, reinforces the need for easily accessible green spaces for Canadians. Did you know that nearly half (47 per cent) of millennials ranked “relaxing with friends and family” as their top reason for using green spaces? TD wants to help reinforce parks and outdoor spaces as hang out places. Robert Hammond agrees that millennials are leading a cultural shift:

“Millennials no longer want to go to a “box” dedicated solely to art, or food, or theatre. They want a shared experience. Many are flocking to open spaces to fulfill that, and galleries, theatres and restaurants are following suit with outdoor art exhibitions, movies, events and restaurant kiosks.”

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line

While the shift towards a collective experience is happening, unfortunately a lot of our outdoor spaces haven’t quite caught up with the need yet. Cue the TD Common Ground Project. Here in Halifax we pride ourselves on being from here. We wholeheartedly love our community, and are bursting with pride, and while we are forever trying to make improvements where ever we can a lot of times the budget just isn’t there. Which is why we couldn’t be more excited about TD’s extremely generous donation.


Plans are still underway and it’s super exciting to be a part of this project! While the next event will not take place until 2018 I can’t wait to share more with you about the TD Common Ground Project later next year.


To learn more about the Halifax project, please visit:
TD Common Ground Project

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  • Reply Myra November 14, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Looks super interesting! What a fantastic initiative! I completely agree about green space. Can’t wait to read more in the future!

    • Reply shortpresents November 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Right?? I’ll take any excuse to get outside. I’m all about this initiative.

  • Reply Brianna November 20, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Really interesting post!

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