Introduction

At the Large Parks in Large Cities Conference in Stockholm in September 2015 delegates accepted an offer from World Urban Parks to support a network for large urban parks under a standing committee.

It was recognised that large urban parks can have unique socio-cultural environmental and economic roles and issues. A World Urban Parks-hosted web conference of large urban parks leaders in November 2015 endorsed a terms of reference, and proposed a Large Urban Parks executive committee and initial activities to facilitate a Large Urban Parks Network.

With the level of interest being shown, a standing committee, three working parties and an Executive Officer were created to support and facilitate the Large Urban Parks Network.

Those involved with large urban parks are encouraged to join World Urban Parks and this exciting new network. Please contact Henrik Waldenström, Executive Officer Large Urban Parks Network This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Register Your Large Urban Park

World Urban Parks is creating a database of large urban parks around the world. This is an opportunity for park managers to register your park online.

The database is the product of the Large Urban Parks Good Practices Working Group, which works to share knowledge about how to handle various tasks and issues among large urban parks stewards, managers, funders, planners, defenders and advocates.

A first step is to create a shared database of Large Urban Parks and to gather basic information about the facilities and financing of these parks. The online questionnaire to register large urban parks in your organisation for inclusion in the database takes about 15 minutes.

It may be helpful to first look at the survey as a PDF before completing it online. The structure is: General Information, Financial Information, Amenities and Facilities in the park.

 

Large Urban Parks Standing Committee

Meeting Minutes

August 21 2017

March 8 2017

December 8 2016

August 4 2016

May 26 2016

March 3 2016

February 2 2016

November 12 2015

 

Role

 

Name

Email

Organisation

Country

Region

Co-Chair

 Richard Murray

Dr Richard Murray

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President, Ekoparken Association

Sweden

Europe

Co-Chair

 

Margaret Gormley

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Chief Parks Superintendent, Office of Public Works

Ireland

Europe

Deputy Chair

Co-Chair Advocacy and Events WG

 

Chris Hardman

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Regional Director Melbourne, Parks Victoria

Australia

Asia-Pacific

Co-Chair Advocacy and Events WG and Executive Officer Large Urban Parks Committee

 

Henrik Waldenström

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Conservation Officer, World Wildlife Fund Sweden

Sweden

Europe

Co-Chair Good Practices WG

 

Peter Verdyck

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Director Provincial Parks Provincie Antwerpen

Belgium

Europe

Co-Chair Good Practices WG

 

Lilia Haua

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Executive Director, Chapultepec Park Trust

Mexico

Americas

Co-Chair Knowledge and Research WG

 

Patricia O’Donnell

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Principal, Heritage Landscapes

USA

Americas

Co-Chair Knowledge and Research WG

 

Dr Hooshmand Alizadeh

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Assoc. Professor Urban Design, Dept. Arch. & Planning, Uni of Kurdistan

Iran

Africa-Middle East

 

 

Michael Boland

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Acting Executive Director Presidio Trust

USA

Americas

 

 

Dave Hutch

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Manager Research and Planning, Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Canada

Americas

 

 

Anne Charlton

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Director, City of Calgary (Todd Reichardt Proxy)

Canada

Americas

 

 

Ed Uhlir

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Consultant and former Executive Director of Millennium Park Foundation

USA

Americas

 

 

Chris Nolan

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VP Planning, Design & Construction Central Park Conservancy

USA

Americas

 

 

Prof Cecilia Herzog

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Professor Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

Americas

 

 

Mark Camley

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Executive Director Park & Venues London Legacy Development Corp.

UK

Europe

 

 

Alberto Ipas

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Director Gerente Sociedad Municipal Ayto/Parque del Agua

Spain

Europe

 

 

Dr Anna Steidle

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Chair WUP Europe Region and consultant

Germany

Europe

 

 

Prof Cecil Konijnendijk

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Head L.A, Planning & Mgt. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sweden

Europe

 

 

Martin Van Jaarsveld This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Manager Community Parks and Places, Auckland Council New Zealand Asia-Pacific

 

 

Sakhile Maphumulo

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GM Regional Maintenance Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

South Africa

Africa-Middle East

 

 

Bob Doyle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. General Manager East Bay Regional Park District USA Americas

 

 

Kenzo Oguchi

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WUP Japan, Former Executive Director Parks and Recreation Foundation

Japan

Asia-Pacific

 

 

Kim Ellis

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CEO Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands

Australia

Asia-Pacific

 

Working Groups 

Working Groups are created by the Large Urban Parks Committee to provide members of the Network with an opportunity to become involved in key activities and outputs relating to large urban parks.

To join a working group contact the Chair of the group or Large Urban Parks Executive Officer, Henrik Waldenström This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Good Practices Working Group

Co-Chairs: Peter Verdyck, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Lilia Haua This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Large urban parks provide both common and unique issues for planning, management, revitalization and ongoing care. They also provide services beyond those of small urban parks and squares. There is a need to share knowledge about how to handle various tasks and issues among large urban parks stewards, managers, funders, planners, defenders and advocates. The Good Practices working party intends to set up a data-base aimed providing practice-based information and sharing at the operational and managerial level, leaving the fundamental issues of general knowledge about large urban parks to a Knowledge and Research working party (see below). Among the operational and managerial opportunities are such issues as how to: foster biodiversity; control invasive species; engage the general public and volunteers; support adequate staff; retain historic features and character; provide up-to-date, and much more. The aim is to create a searchable data-base, containing summaries, contacts, references, links and some in-depth information. A blog or forum function would eventually be added to have questions posted and answered. The working party should consist of people well acquainted with the operation and management of large urban parks. This working group is responsible for the Good Practices Database web page. Peter is the Director Provincial Parks for Provincie Antwerpen that includes the large urban park Rivierenhof in Antwerp, Belgium. Lilia is the executive director of the Chapultepec Park Trust, Mexico City, Mexico). Others are encouraged to join. 

Current Projects:

  • Good Practices Database
  • Large Urban Parks Database
  • Facebook professional group site
  • Good Practice Workshop at WUP Europe Region/Hortis Congress, Albi, France, October 2016

 
Knowledge and Research Working Group

Co-Chairs: Patricia O’Donnell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Prof. Alizadeh Hoosmand This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The stewardship, conservation and inherent values of large urban parks differ from those of smaller parks, squares, boulevards, urban street trees and green roofs. What distinguishes large urban parks in terms of their unique values and what is an overlap with other city green? Aspects of human health, air quality, climate change response, resilience, ecosystem services are among the topics to explore in terms of research findings. The issue of the import of large parks as cities grow is also relevant in terms of their protection as urban densification proceeds. Research on large urban parks will be collected in a staged data-base. This data-base will cover scientific research and in-depth evaluations in various fields: ecology, habitat, biology, geology, heritage, landscape architecture, planning, architecture, park uses, sociology, psychology, health, economy and contemporary issues like climate change, resilience and the many benefits of large parks to the urban populace. The aim is to have the data-base contain articles, reports, links, references, and contacts to entities addressing research in dealing with issues that are relevant for large urban parks. This working party should be composed of a varied group with interests in knowledge and research oriented towards science, research and academics. Patricia is the principal, at Heritage Landscapes LLC, a consultancy in the USA and Alizadeh is a professor of urban design at the University of Kurdistan, Iran. 

Current Projects:

  • Knowledge and Research Database

 

Advocacy and Events

Co-Chairs: Chris Hardman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Henrik Waldenström This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For all purposes this working party will need a line of reasoning about and advocating large urban parks. Out of the collection of scientific and other material from the working party on Knowledge and research and in cooperation with that working party this working party will put together a firmly based argument for large urban parks. This working party will plan events and participation in events organized by others. Events can be of many different kinds: seminars, conferences, exhibitions, lectures, publications, technical tours and much more. First priority is to plan participation in events organized by World Urban Parks: the next congresses and various regional meetings. In what ways can large urban parks be demonstrated and brought up as a theme at these events? In what ways can large urban parks be part of and complement other themes at these events? Chris is regional director of Parks Victoria in Melbourne, Australia that includes Melbourne's regional parks. Henrik Waldenström is project leader with the World Wildlife Fund in Sweden.

Current Projects:

  • Habitat III advocacy and side events
  • Park Benefits Handbook
  • Congress Declarations at WUP World Urban Parks/IERM Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2016

 

London National Park City

World Urban Parks is supporting the National Park City concept that the Mayor of London and National Park City Foundation is seeking to establish for London, and has developed a formal position statement

The position statement was quoted by World Urban Parks CEO Dr Digby Whyte at the Launch of the National Park City Foundation in London on 2 October 2017. Vice Chair for Advocacy Neil McCarthy prepared a series of 5 short articles on the concept featured in issues of World Parks News through 2017.