World Urban Parks has been a hive of activity these last few weeks. The new World Urban Parks (WUP) Secretariat is now in place in Edmonton, Canada, and this edition introduces Ben Jonah and the assigned team from the Alberta Parks and Recreation Association that form the Secretariat. We have also been part of the planning and delivery of WUP-partnered conferences in Singapore and the USA, with short reports also featured in this edition. These events have provided an opportunity forWUP members to speak and share knowledge, and to support national associations. Planning continues for what is looking like a rich and exciting program at Wirral and Birkenhead Park in the UK in October 2017.
Partly in association with the conferences, there have been meetings of all three region committees as well as a number of other committees: Healthy Parks Healthy Cities, Older Adults and Parks, Children Play and Nature, the Large Urban Parks Advocacy and Events Working Group, the World Parks Academy Board, and the WUP Executive. The Academy has been actively supporting webinars, including bringing together our national associations, and developing professional certification with national associations; activities featured in this edition
Members have also been working on new awards and competitions- the new WUP Legacy Award recipient, Brian O'Neill was announced at the Greater and Greener Conference International Forum, the Europe Region Committee is designing a European Large Urban Parks Award for potential awarding at the Europe Region Conference, and another group of board directors are looking at a world-wide city competition for 2018.