Starting this new year with great enthusiasm, more world leaders have joined to contribute to the great work that World Urban Parks does in the open space and recreation sector. Here, we will tell you about the latest movements of 2 regional committees within the organization.
Latin America Committee
World Urban Parks is pleased to welcome Itziar de Luisa as the new Chair of the Latin America Committee.
About Itziar de Luisa,
For a decade and a half, she has dedicated herself to participating in civil organizations on urban and educational issues as a citizen and as an activist in the public space. She has participated in mobility projects in Mexico City to improve traffic in Santa Fé, through the creation of the Mobility Master Plan, reorganization of public transport and pedestrianization.
She has collaborated with the Mexico City Police to create a safe corridor in the area, improving collaboration between public and private security.
She led the neighborhood proposal for Parque La Mexicana and in negotiation with the Government of Mexico City, integrating legal, financial, urban planning and real estate developer teams for the construction.
She is currently responsible for the construction project of the new section of the park and for the general operation of the park. She specifically responsible for the maintenance of the 28 hectares, cultural and sports programming, as well as the relationship with the local and federal government.
She is currently the Executive President of the ZEDEC Santa Fe Neighborhood Association, representing residents, corporations, universities, schools, businesses, and hotels, in projects that improve the quality of life in the area.
In addition, she is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Parks and Recreation and Vice President of the Fundación Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, a public university, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of World Urban Parks.
North America Committee
This committee has two co-chairs located in the United States and Canada. On behalf of the first country, we have had the work of Scott Martin, current Administrator of Parks & Outdoors of the City of Chattanooga.
Additionally, in recent weeks as representative of Canada, Benjamin Jonah, Parks Planning Specialist for the City of St. Albert, was welcomed as Co-Chair.
About Benjamin Jonah,
Benjamin Jonah has recently joined the municipality of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada as a Parks Planning Specialist working on the design and construction of several local parks.
Previously, Ben worked as a Parks Programs and Policy Coordinator with Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and as Secretariat Coordinator for World Urban Parks.
I have graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Master’s Degree in Sports and Recreation focusing on the implementation of Canada’s National Framework for Recreation into Alberta municipalities.
We thank Itziar and Benjamin for their leadership, hard work and collaboration with World Urban Parks.
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