This year’s event was the eighth World Parks Day, an event held annually on the third Saturday in September to celebrate the many benefits parks provide to communities. Previously organised by Parks for Life, this was the first World Parks Day to be organised by World Urban Parks since the organisation’s establishment earlier this year.
In Ireland, historian, author and artist Pat Liddy led a tour of the history of Dublin’s parks, exploring the history of Fairview Park, Bram Stoker Park and the lost paradise of the Marino Demesne, completing the journey in the Marino Casino. Phoenix Park in Dublin also held a honey festival and bird watching events.
Silesia Park (Park Śląski) in Poland held many great events to mark the occasion, including concerts, a funfair, the opening of a new ornithological walk, organics workshops and outdoor games. These events made the news in nearby city Katowice.
Other events around the world included talks on using parks as emergency shelters at National Martyrs and Peace Park in Nepal, concerts in Paradise Parklands in Australia, and events across Japan from outdoor yoga classes in Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park to annual festivals celebrating the blooming of Cosmos flowers.
In England, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London celebrated five million visitors, while a ceremonial raising of Green Flags awarded in 2015 was held in the borough of Wirral at Queens Park in Hoylake, Bebington's Mayer Park, Central Park in Wallasey and Victoria Park in Birkenhead to coincide with World Parks Day.
World Parks Day also featured timely calls for recognition of the value of parks. The city of Johannesburg in South Africa made a media statement highlighting the value of parks and calling for citizens to celebrate their parks, while UK organisation The Parks Alliance made a call for testimonials.
Visit the World Parks Day webpage for logos and more details on World Parks Day.