Our Story

Healthy regional parks help build strong, happy communities
Pacific Parklands Foundation Our Mission


Working in partnership to enhance and protect our regional parks for future generations.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Our Vision


Our vision is for a healthy, dynamic regional park system, loved and supported by the community, and protected and enhanced for future generations.


Pacific Parklands Foundation Leadership

Understanding that a strong future for our parks takes leadership, we strive with vision and determination to ensure that our parks are the best they can possibly be and to foster programs that help create future environmental leaders.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Partnership

We work in partnership with Metro Vancouver and act as a champion for regional parks and their community support.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Integrity Accountability

We are an open, responsive, independent organization with the highest level of integrity and accountability.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Inspiration

We are inspired by the knowledge that our parks and natural spaces play a vital role in the quality of community life. We seek to inspire others to join us.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Protection

We believe our regional parks, greenways, and conservation areas are precious ecological treasures that must be stewarded for the future.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Philanthropy

We believe that donors and volunteers have a critical role to play in preserving our regional parks and ensuring that they are truly accessible.

Pacific Parklands Foundation Legacy

Our regional parks present a singular opportunity for today’s donors to protect the natural environment for future generations. Our legacy will be an organization that provides leadership and builds community support for regional parks.


Twenty years ago, a small group of people passionate about protecting our green space for future generations, created the Pacific Parklands Foundation.

While maintenance and operations are publicly funded, there is a gap between what government provides and what our parks need.

In January of 2000, a group of committed entrepreneurs and corporate leaders came together with the common goal of bridging the gap. They established the Pacific Parks Foundation with a focus on raising funds for and awareness of the lower mainland’s regional parks.

“What people give their time and money to is an indication of what is important to them.”

Rich Hankin

Pacific Parklands Foundation supports special projects and partner groups in enhancing and expanding our parks system. We also support youth groups like catching the spirit, whose programs explore environmental stewardship and leadership, inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.

Since the first donation from Morris Wosk and his son Mordehai Wosk in 2001, the foundation has contributed significant funding to projects throughout the regional park system and has created a track record of success.

Pacific Parklands Foundation will continue to work and strategize with Metro Vancouver, its park partners and donors to ensure a long and healthy future for our regional parks and our communities.


“The good man is the friend of all living things.”

Dr. M Wosk Fund
George Ross Fund
Gordon Smith Fund
Martini Family

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