It is an understatement to say that it is an exciting time to be working on urban parks at a global scale. We have done a lot, but much more remains to be done. The world urban population will double from 3.5 billion to over 7.0 billion in the next 40 years. This represents a magnificent opportunity as well as enormous responsibility to support the development of parks and open spaces as critical elements in creating vibrant cities and healthy communities where all citizens will live happier.

So being involved and Making a Difference has been a theme for World Urban Parks in 2018. 

World Urban Parks, is where World Parks Leaders Grow Here – World Urban Parks provides the numerous opportunities for all of us to lead.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the:

  • International Large Urban Parks Award
  • Parks Week 2018
  • Distinguished Individual Award

Further details regarding these are in this Newsletter.

Also, World Urban Parks is proud to be a partner of the upcoming first International Congress of Urban Parks in Mexico (25-27 April, 2018) and is very appreciative of the leadership provided by the National Association of Parks & Recreation Mexico.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Make a difference, amplify your voice, multiply your action and join World Urban Parks.

 

National Association of Parks and Recreation - Mexico

In less than 3 weeks the National Association of Parks and Recreation is hosting the 1st international congress of urban parks. It is not too late to register! 

The National Association of Parks and Recreation, Mexico is a new organization and is focused on developing five actions in Mexico, 

1) Design and Planning
2) Economy and Used of Public Space
3) Health and Environment
4) Public Service and Citizen Participation 
5) The City

These action items as well as many more will be the focal point of the 1st international congress of urban parks. This congress now has over 1000 attendees from all over the world, including World Urban Parks Members. Keynote presentation by the Chair of World Urban Parks Gil Penalosa and World Urban Parks Chair of the Emerging Cities Region Jorge Perez Jaramillo. 

You can join the National Association of Parks and Recreation at their 1st international congress later this month.

IERM Convention 2018 - Call for Abstracts

Public Spaces and Places - Future Value, Trends & Global Views 17 - 19 September 2018  

Our institute will be hosting its annual Convention from Monday 17 September to Wednesday, 19 September 2018 in Durban.

We invite all parties who may be interested in presenting papers or case studies at the convention to send a summary of no more than 200 words to the IERM Secretariat by Thursday, 31 May 2018.

THEME: PUBLIC SPACES AND PLACES – FUTURE VALUE, TRENDS, AND GLOBAL VIEWS     

  • Parks and Green Spaces

  • Urban Greening and Urban Forestry

  • Cemeteries and Crematoria

  • Urban Ecotourism

  • Sport and Recreation

  • Landscaping and Urban Horticulture

  • Biodiversity and Urban Nature Conservation

  • Community benefits through tourism

  • Asset Management and Maintenance

  • Education, Training and Development

Proposals should be submitted online to the IERM Secretariat by using the below mentioned link by no later than Thursday, 31 May 2018.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

 

Recommended Articles

This months recommended articles discuss such topics associated with park management and funding of parks and green spaces. Enjoy reading!

Knowsley agrees plan to protect financial future of parks

Knowsley Council has formally accepted the recommendations of an independent review into the future management and funding of its parks and green spaces.

Continue reading here>>

Urban greenness and mortality in Canada’s largest cities: a national cohort study

Findings from published studies suggest that exposure to and interactions with green spaces are associated with improved psychological wellbeing and have cognitive, physiological, and social benefits, but few studies have examined their potential effect on the risk of mortality. We therefore undertook a national study in Canada to examine associations between urban greenness and cause-specific mortality.

Crouse, Dan L., et al. "Urban greenness and mortality in Canada's largest cities: a national cohort study." The Lancet Planetary Health 1.7 (2017): e289-e297.

Continue Reading here>>

As Cape Town’s Day Zero looms, where the city has been stricken by a three-year drought and water restrictions are severe, to the possible closure of the UK’s widely successful Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) a hugely successful Parks for People programme that invested millions of people’s lottery money into improving parks and local facilities, are stark reminders of the challenges we all face in a changing world.

This year’s World Urban Park Congress (2018 International Parks & Leisure Congress) “Future of Spaces & Places in Cities” sets a platform for world leaders come together to discuss these challenges and set the Agenda on “Future Parks & Cities”.  Parks & Leisure Australia (our Congress partner & host) and World Urban Parks are pleased to announce that apart from the normal early bird registration discount for our members, there will be a significant further discount if you register 5 delegates, you will receive the 6th registration free.  A significant benefit to our World Urban Parks Members.

Further details of the Congress and registration will be available from the 16th March.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Our work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated by park and recreation agencies at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities, NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and advocates are 60,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between.

NRPA brings strength to our message by partnering with like-minded organizations, including those in the federal government, nonprofits and commercial enterprises. Funded through dues, grants, registrations and charitable contributions, NRPA produces research, education and policy initiatives for our members that ultimately enrich the communities they serve.  

World Urban Park members may be interested in the following NRPA Initiatives and Resources:  

Nature provides the ultimate foundation of life and health. Our parks, protected areas and green spaces are vital for accessing the health benefits of nature. Discover the IUCN WCPA Health and Well-being Specialist Group e-flyer which gives a concise overview of the context and goals of the Specialist Group, who they are, and what they are trying to do.

Read more here>>

World Urban Parks is looking for volunteers to serve in the role of Executive Officers in a number of Committees. This is an exceptional opportunity to make a difference in the world as well as developing your networks and experiences. This unique opportunity will allow you to be mentored by international park leaders, able to share new ideas and concepts, and participate in World Urban Parks Congresses (free registrations!). The executive officer will also be given full membership for the duration of their tenure.

This role is to provide secretariat and organisational support to the Portfolio, its Working Parties, and its Network. Ideal candidates will have relevant experience in urban parks, greenspaces, recreation, environmental and cultural management or local governments and urban affairs and/or experience of working in a local or state government environment (two years minimum).

To see how you could contribute to World Urban Parks as a committee Executive Officer please visit our international job board.

Malahide Castle & Gardens has won the Best Heritage Project at the prestigious  2018 All Ireland Community and Council Awards at a ceremony in Croke Park Stadium on Saturday evening.  The award comes in recognition of the major repair and conservation work that took place at the Castle and Gardens. This is the 12th year of The Awards, presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA, which, highlight and recognise projects that are the joint effort of councils and community groups.

 

The Castle and Courtyard has recently undergone major repair and conservation work and the visitor experience and facilities were greatly enhanced in keeping with the demesne’s heritage importance.  The Courtyard buildings include a visitor centre, shopping and a cafe that leads out to the Walled Botanical Gardens and pathway to the Castle. The Talbot Botanic Gardens is a centre of horticultural excellence and is one of the top three Botanic Gardens in the country.

 

 

Public parks are a crucial part of the social fabric of the United Kingdom, much loved and used by an estimated 2.6 billion visitors each year but they are threatened by severe cuts as local authorities seek to balance their books. To make this worse, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are currently proposing to abandon their hugely successful Parks for People programme that funds improvements to historically important public parks.

The UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund are currently consulting on this issue, the Parks Alliance are working to convince them to rethink and keep this precious funding so that historic UK parks can be protected and continue to be enjoyed by everyone. You can show your support by signing the Parks Alliance’s petition at:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-heritage-lottery-funding-for-parks?bucket=email-blast-27_2_2018_

Taking place on Thursday, 22nd March 2018, key decision- makers, landscape architects, planners and the horticulture industry are invited to participate in this ever-growing conference.

 

The event will take place at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, in association with the Nursery Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) and Principle R&D Partner, Hort Innovation. Leading experts in health and sustainability have confirmed their attendance as speakers at the conference, in order to demonstrate how Green Cities are places in which people aspire to live, how green-living helps them in their daily lives and how it is utilised to improve their overall standard of living.

 

World Urban Parks is being represent by CEO Neil McCarthy who will be attending as a speaker. Make sure to register to hear Neil McCarthy present as well as others from the conferences great lineup of speakers. View conference brochure here!

 

To register click here>>

2018 is truly upon us and for World Urban Parks it is going to be a busy and exciting year.

I have only just commenced as the CEO of World Urban Parks and I need to thank my friend and predecessor, Digby Whyte for the great achievement of getting World Urban Parks established and up and running.  It is also with great pleasure that Digby will stay actively involved with the Membership Portfolio and the World Parks Academy.

As I have started to settle in and have caught up with many of our active members (and look forward to meeting or talking with more members over the coming months), there is a reoccurring theme in all the conversation and it is shaped by the challenges we all face such as:

  •  Gaining political or community support
  • Finding the funding to make a difference
  • Being able to keep abreast of a rapidly changing world,

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) is a not-for-profit organization committed to building healthier and happier communities and citizens by developing and promoting recreation and parks. ARPA believes recreation and parks include everything from play to sport to arts and culture and outdoor pursuits. All are essential for creating beautiful and thriving communities that foster healthy and happy citizens.

 

The association plays a key role in multiple regional and national initiatives. The Professional Development Certificate is an initiative of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, which is currently administered by ARPA. ARPA has also developed a one of a kind education program for local elected officials on the recreation and parks sector. ARPA also partners with the Canadian Parks Council to administer a Asset Management Fundamentals course to parks professionals. This program was developed to provide practitioners with a clear understanding of how asset management planning can be applied to parks assets and services.

 

World Parks Week will be from 28 April - 6 May 2018, showcasing events that celebrate the world's parks. World Parks Week will be held every year in the first week of May.

You can now register your event and park as a participant in World Parks Week! Check out our World Parks Week site for information on how to register but also the events happening around the World! You will receive a World Parks Week logo to help promote your event, social media templates, and promotion on an international stage.

About World Parks Week

World Parks Week is an opportunity to celebrate our parks and green spaces.

The week is organised to:

  • Communicate the critical importance of parks in a global context
  • Promote best practice by learning from other parks services
  • Encourage people to enjoy their local park and appreciate the importance of green space

World Urban Parks previously organised a World Parks Day in September.

REGISTER TODAY!

Looking to get your job in front of parks professionals from around the world? The World Urban Parks job board allows you to easily advertise your position for a low cost! Jobs are approved and posted to the website within one to two working days.  Get worldwide exposure in the parks sector – the only organisation with international reach!

To place a job posting please have the following information ready and complete the submission form on our website at http://www.worldurbanparks.org/en/job-board.

  • Job posting in English (PDF format only)
  • Logo (PNG format only) - optional

For further information on our international job board please contact the World Urban Parks office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

World Urban Parks is looking for volunteers to serve in the role of Executive Officers in a number of portfolios and committees. This is an exceptional opportunity to make a difference in the world as well as developing your networks and experiences. This unique opportunity will allow you to be mentored by international park leaders, able to share new ideas and concepts, and participate in World Urban Parks Congresses (free registrations!). The executive officer will also be given full membership for the duration of their tenure.

This role is to provide secretariat and organisational support to the Committee, its Working

Parties, and its Network. Ideal candidates will have relevant experience in urban parks, greenspaces, recreation, environmental and cultural management or local governments and urban affairs and/or experience of working in a local or state government environment (two years minimum).

To see how you could contribute to World Urban Parks as a portfolio or committee executive officer please visit our international job board.