Read all the latest news and updates from Ifpra - February 2014
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A Word from the President

OneEmanuel of the benefits of our new e-newsletter is being able to monitor what is of most interest to members and other subscribers.

Our January issue was opened by nearly half of our extended membership and half of those readers clicked to read more of articles on our website. I can also tell you that the January e-newsletter was best read in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, USA and Finland. Although read beyond our membership, it is primarily your news so please feel welcome to contribute items large and small.

Another key communications forum for us is the World Urban Parks Initiative (WUPI) group network site on LinkedIn. The site was set up to provide a forum for Ifpra and other parks professionals on issues relating to urban parks and is also a key platform to discuss the potential new model world urban parks organisation (or WUPO as the Executive have approved as a short reference, which you also know as the ‘new Ifpra’).

There is a strong representation of Ifpra members on LinkedIn and I do recommend you following and contributing to the discussions. For those of you who use LinkedIn I encourage you to consider recommending the site to your network so we can encourage as much of the parks industry as possible to participate.

The task force to conduct implementation planning of the WUPO is now forming with John Senior (Chair), Neil McCarthy and a world commissioner representing Ifpra.

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Australia and New Zealand to celebrate Parks Week

Parks week imageHundreds of outdoor events will take place across Australia and New Zealand from 3-9 March as part of the region’s third annual Parks Week.

The week is lead and coordinated by Parks Forum, the peak body for New Zealand and Australian park management organisations, which works to develop strategic direction for the industry and to promote the value of parks to decision makers and the wider community.

Many of Ifpra’s Australasian members are among the organisations helping to raise awareness of the week, including the New Zealand Recreation Association and Parks and Leisure Australia, both of which are Parks Forum MOU partners as well as Ifpra members.

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Ifpra medallist profile - Gilbert Briscoe

Gilbert Briscoe’s significant contribution to Ifpra over the course of more than 30 years was recognised with an Ifpra Silver Medal during the 2013 World Congress held at Lake Louise, Canada at the end of last year.

Gilbert’s  association with Ifpra goes back to the 1970s. He served as the Ifpra Commissioner for South Africa from 1977 to 1989 and has attended an impressive total of 22 Ifpra congresses around the world. This has included presentations at four Ifpra world congresses – Barcelona in 1983, Auckland in 1986, Hong Kong in 1982 and Cape Town in 2001.

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New members' area open soon

The Ifpra members’ area has now been created on

We are currently loading limited content, and a user name and password will be emailed to members in the first couple of weeks of March.

Once available, we would like you to take a look at the members' area and let us know what you like, what else you would like to see and if you have any ideas about how it could be improved.

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Special pricing for park professional certifications

We are pleased to announce that the Ifpra Academy is offering special introductory rates for its two certification programmes.

Until 30 September 2014, the national-level Certified Park Professional is available for only $175 USD (normally $250 USD) and the advanced Certified International Park Professional is available for $275 USD (normally $375 USD).

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Yardstick update

Ifpra is part of the Yardstick Parkcheck Benchmarking project to assist and  share the latest benchmarking research on the management and performance of parks and leisure facilities across borders. An update on the progress of Ifpra Yardstick projects is now available.

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Yardstick benchmark of the month

This new item will share a little of the value of Yardstick each month from the 2013 data for Parkcheck members in Europe, North America, Africa and Australasia. This month's benchmark looks at "Playgrounds per 1,000 residents aged under 15 years, by country". Note that the number of members varies by country with only Australia and New Zealand reasonably reflective of a national level of provision.
Benchmark graph

Expressions of interest sought for Audit and Governance Sub-Committee

If you are willing to share your expertise in financial and Ifpra policy oversight then Neil McCarthy, President Elect and Chair of the Governance and Audit Sub-Committee is keen to hear from you.

The Sub-Committee is supported by the CEO and considers the budget, financial reporting and Ifpra policies before they go to the Executive. Meetings are held every six to eight months for 30-45 minutes by Skype teleconference.

A one-page Terms of Reference is available. For enquiries or expressions of interest please contact Digby Whyte at or on +61 4 3922 9997.

Ifpra considering international award

Ifpra is exploring, with national parks and recreation associations, a concept for an international award recognising the best of the association's winning awards from the previous year.

This would include a short list of those entries to make presentations, be judged and receive an Ifpra award at Ifpra's world and regional congresses.

Free copy of Outdoor Design Source

As Ifpra is an endorsing association of the annual publication Outdoor Design Source, all Ifpra members will be posted a complimentary copy of the 2014 edition of Outdoor Design Source, which publishes in May. The publication is published by Universal Magazines and is a useful a resource for those involved with outdoor infrastructure.

Fee payment reminder

Reminder notices have gone out to those who have missed seeing notices in the June 2013 edition of Ifpra World, or just missed paying. Please keep an eye out for these to support our services and clear away this financial year.

We have been embarking on significant investment in our services and future, and trust you will find increasing value in your membership of the international parks and recreation community.

Visits to Ifpra's website

Our new webIfpra website screenshotsite went live a month ago and has received 460 hits on the home page.

The next most popular pages were Contact Us (349), Join Us (294), History, Aims and Benefits (248), About Us (244), Ifpra Europe (212), Best Practice and Benchmarking (207), Ifpra Asia Pacific Conference (article) (193), Ifpra Asia Pacific (177), Alberta Congress Report (article) (168), Yardstick (158), A new vibrant Ifpra (article) (139).

It is early days and we hope you will keep us informed of what you want to see on our website and feel welcome to contribute to it.

Upcoming events

We have an exciting schedule of events planned in fascinating locations all over the world. For information about all upcoming Ifpra conferences and events, visit our website.

Visit the Ifpra Congresses & Events section of our website>>

Contributions sought

We welcome your contributions to keep the newsletter interesting, vibrant and relevant. Contributed articles up to 1,000 words in length are preferred, and each should ideally be accompanied by a photo or image.

If you have a news article, research summary, event report or photo to share with the Ifpra community, please email Ifpra CEO Digby Whyte at or James Heffield, Ifpra Communications, at
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