World Urban Parks Americas Region is one of four regions intended to enhance member activity with related conferences, seminars, technical tours, working parties, and face to face meetings and networking. The Americas Region includes North, Central and South American Countries and the Caribbean.
Americas Region Committee
To ensure direct communication with the Board the Chair of the Americas Region is a Board director elected as Region Chair. A second Co-Chair is appointed by the Committee. Initially Committee members are invited and may later be elected. Members are invited to express an interest in joining the Region Committee. Members of unrepresented countries re especially welcome. There may be opportunities for the Americas Region Committee to meet face to face at a partnered conference or other event at least annually, and otherwise 3-4 times per year by web conference.
Table 1. Europe Region Committee
Terms of Reference
Click here for the World Urban Parks Region Committee Terms of Reference that outlines the role and powers of the committee.
Americas Region Congress Events
World Urban Parks America Region is a new Region under development. Initial programmed events and activities will likely develop in association with national professional/peak associations.
For 2017 the Americas Region Committee is supporting City Parks Alliance's Greater and Greener Conference and partnering to provide the International Forum day of the Conference.
Americas Region: Greater and Greener 2017 in Minneapolis and St. Paul, USA, 29 July to 2 August 2017
Greater & Greener is the two-yearly conference of the City Parks Alliance. Register now to join more than 1,000 global park leaders exploring the power of parks in supporting healthy, resilient and sustainable cities. Attendees will learn best practices of urban park design, management and programming, and network with experts in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
World Urban Parks is partnering with CPA to present a day-long International Forum at the event on August 2nd, which is limited to 200 participants. Sessions include 'Healthy Parks Healthy Cities', 'River Revolution Cities', 'Large Parks in Cities' and 'Getting it Right'. There is a great line up of speakers from around the world, including many World Urban Parks members.
The International Forum also provides an important networking opportunity for World Urban Parks members as well as leaders from large cities, national parks services, non-government organisations, and academics. In addition, a post-event technical tour to Chicago is planned for World Urban Parks members.
Special rates apply for World Urban Parks members for full Conference Registration. Full and day registrations also include free attendance at the International Forum for World Urban Parks members.
The topics and broader Greater & Greener Conference are ideal for World Urban Parks members and our commitment to partner for this event is in lieu of a 2017 World and Americas Region Congress.
Visit www.greatergreener.org for the full conference schedule and additional information. To facilitate meeting each other World Urban Parks members are encouraged to book the hotel associated with the venue the Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront
City parks play a vital role in the social, economic, and physical well-being of cities and their residents. Parks are now recognized as powerful and necessary part of 21st century urban systems. As urban populations continue to grow, planners, elected officials, community advocates, and other stakeholders are taking a fresh look at parks and their potential to help address many critical urban issues.
In 2016 the Committee supported the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Americas Region and AR-Urbio Conference in Panama with a panel of WUP members. World Urban Parks has a Memorandum of Understanding with IFLA.
Two major events of member associations in 2015 were:
The United States’ City Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted international urban parks conference, Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities, in San Francisco from 11-14 April 2015.
The conference attracted up to 1,000 global park leaders, city planning and design professionals, and urban park advocates interested in the power of parks in creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable cities. The conference included an international forum led by Claudia Harari and World Urban Parks Chair Gil Penalosa. World Urban Parks was introduced by Board director John Senior.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) held their annual Congress and 50th anniversary at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas from 15-17 September 2015. The Congress brings together the park and recreation community in the US, typically hosting 7,000 park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates and industry suppliers.