The latest news and updates from World Urban Parks - April 2016
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Large Urban Parks: one of our greatest assets in urban park advocacy

Gil Penalosa, Canada, World Urban Parks Chair

As Chair of World Urban Parks and Co-Chair of the newly formed Standing Committee on Large Urban Parks I have been thrilled with the response and enthusiasm that this new committee has garnered. An important part of the success has been the leadership by Richard Murray, Co-Chair and Amanda O’Rourke, our Executive Officer – thanks to both. 

As park advocates we know the special and vital role large parks play in a city’s identity, the health and happiness of residents, and improving the environment. Large Urban Parks are not only important public assets in their own right, they are also powerful symbols of the importance of broader conservation, protection, and investment in all of our parks and public spaces – no matter their size. 

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World Urban Parks update

Dr Digby Whyte, Australia, World Urban Parks CEO

This column welcomes new members across the Americas and Asia Pacific regions to World Urban Parks, provides information on membership renewals, and gives a progress report on committee and working group activity. 

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Parks of the World

Chuck Brown Memorial Park, Washington, D.C.

This month's park is shared by a new member: The DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Chuck Brown Memorial Park is located in Northeast, Washington, D.C. and honors the memory of Chuck Brown – one of the city's phenomenal music legends.

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World Urban Parks Congress: share your ideas

Cape Town, South Africa | 26-28 September 2016

Save the date and consider enhancing your participation by presenting at the World Urban Parks and IERM Congress. 

Abstracts of no more than 200 words, particularly based on case studies or research, are sought by the IERM Secretariat by Friday 29 April 2016 using the Proposal Form

Read about the Congress themes in our call for papers>>

Europe Region Congress: final call for abstracts

Albi, France | 5-7 October 2016

Hurry – presentation submissions close on 15 April! Share your vision with 300 French and international colleagues. The theme of this bilingual congress is ‘Green Heritage and Green Infrastructure: Evolution or Social Revolution?’ 

For more information on this event and its themes, please read the call for papers (English | French) and submit a congress abstract.

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World Parks Academy

2016 webinars and certification

The World Parks Academy is currently offering free 1-hour webinars, presented by World Urban Parks members to all parks, open space and recreation professionals. Register to join the online webinars or watch recordings of previous webinars. 

The next webinar, to be presented by Kevin Halpenny (Ireland) on 10 May, is on creating smoke-free playgrounds. Our thanks to Dr Christy Boylan for presenting The History of Parks and Torgeir Soerensen for presenting Developing an Outstanding Urban Green Structure

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Introducing our national associations


Vereinigung Schweizerischer Stadtgärtnereien und Gartenbauämter/Union Suisse des Services des Parcs et Promenades (VSSG/USSP) is the Swiss association for parks and green services in municipalities. 

VSSG/USSP is a registered society that supports its members through education, information, advice and experience, and actively participates in legislative and normative processes that have an impact on public green spaces.

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Hortis et le World Urban Parks

Point d’étape et partage d’expériences

This article reproduces an item from the Hortis publication Ville en Ville.

It discusses the work of the World Urban Parks Europe committee and the importance of supporting member organizations around the world that advocate for the preservation of and access to parks and green spaces.

This article is available in its original language to ensure it retains its original meaning. If you would like to read a translated version, you may wish to use an online translation tool such as Google Translate.

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WUP Applied Research Working Group

Recommended articles

Implementation of riverside parks in the city of São Paulo – progress and constraints
"In the city of São Paulo, Brazil, a policy for recovering watercourses and valley floors has been developed with the implementation of riverside parks." Read the full article>>

A walk in the park: The influence of urban parks and community violence on physical activity in Chelsea, MA
"To investigate parks, park use and physical activity, and their associations with exposure to community violence, we interviewed 354 residents of a densely populated urban community." Read the full article>>

Event: BCRPA Symposium 2016

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada | 27-29 April 2016

This three-day British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association professional development conference will explore the theme of ‘Elevating Recreation’.

Session streams align with the five goals in the Framework for Recreation in Canada, and keynote speakers will present on topics like transformative placemaking, physical literacy, and marketing to millennials.

Find out more and register>>

Event: 2016 AuSAE Conference and Exhibition

Canberra, Australia | 24-25 May 2016

The annual Australasian Society of Association Executives Conference and Exhibition (ACE) will bring together association professionals from across Australia, featuring keynote speakers from successful not-for-profits and the consultancies that support them.

As is the pinnacle event on the AuSAE calendar, ACE 2016 will address a wide range of topics relevant to not-for-profits – including membership, governance, leadership, advocacy, revenue streams, event management, culture, innovation, future trends, engagement and content marketing.

Find out more and register>>

Event: Congreso Nacional de Parques y Jardines Públicos

Huesca, Spain | 25-28 May 2016

Asociación Española de Parques y Jardines Públicos (the Spanish Association of Parks and Public Gardens) is hosting Congreso Nacional de Parques y Jardines Públicos (the National Congress of Parks and Public Gardens) in the city of Huesca on 25-28 May 2016. The theme is 'The Culture and Health of Urban Green Infrastructure'.

Please note that the event website is in Spanish.

Find out more and register>>

Upcoming events

We have an exciting schedule of events planned in fascinating locations all over the world. A comprehensive list of upcoming training events is listed on the World Parks Academy website.

For information about all upcoming World Urban Parks conferences and events, visit the Congresses & Events section of our website.

Call for contributions

We welcome your contributions to keep the World Park News interesting, vibrant and relevant. Contributed articles of up to 1,000 words in length are preferred, and each should ideally be accompanied by at least one photo or image.

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

Please note: member associations are welcome to forward selected articles from their e-newsletters and e-magazines for publication.

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