Read all the latest news and updates from Ifpra - August 2014
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A word from the President

EmanuelI was pleased to join part of the Nordic Park Congress and Ifpra programme in Malmö, Sweden this month. The Congress was very well organised and is a fine example of national associations successfully cooperating to create a larger regional conference with a greater diversity of contributions.

Although this was not an Ifpra Congress, Ifpra was one of the supporting organisations and provided an Ifpra programme for member and some funded speakers. This added another dimension to the Congress, introduced Ifpra and Yardstick to new members, and provided a top class venue that resulted in a strong turnout of Ifpra World Commissioners.

Some important outcomes arose from the World Commission meeting, held during the Ifpra portion of the event. Seventeen Commissioners and four Executive members took a good look at our financial position and the progress of the new-model World Urban Parks Organisation that may become the “New Ifpra”.

The conclusion of the World Commission meeting was that the WUPO Task Force’s advice on implementing the new-model organisation should be accelerated so that the Ifpra General Assembly will be in a position to make a decision in early December 2014.

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Join in for World Parks Day 2014

World Parks Day is an opportunity to celebrate our parks and green spaces. World Parks Day 2014 will take place on Saturday 20 September 2014.

We'd like to hear from you if you are planning an event, making an announcement, or simply have an idea you would like us to support.

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What's in a name?

We’re seeking a new and exciting name for Ifpra e-news.

The new name should capture the essential elements of Ifpra e-news: sharing of stories to illustrate standout moments, industry best practices, and innovations for parks and green spaces.

Please send your ideas to

Ifpra World back issues available online

Ifpra World was Ifpra's flagship quarterly magazine, showcasing the evolution of Ifpra and the parks and recreation industry.

While the magazine was first released in 1987, electronic issues were produced from 2012 until the final Ifpra World Special Retrospective Issue in June 2014, which celebrated the 27 years of Ifpra World.  

The seven electronic issues are now available online as a public resource in the news publications section.

Mines, people, and parks

By Emmanuel Maphorogo
The City of Johannesburg gave me the task to remediate the Manuel Street Park in Roodepoort. The park was contaminated and hazardous to the health of the Davidsonville community.

Mining has been part of the history of this area since 1886 when vast amounts of gold were discovered. In the past, little was done to preserve the environment and no legislation was enacted, the impact of which is showing now.

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In Flanders fields the poppies bloom

By Jos De Wael

This year, towns and cities in Flanders remember the Great War with poppies.

In Koksijde, a town on Belgium’s West Coast, the Parks Department have created a poppy field to remember the soldiers and citizens that were killed in the First World War.

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CyberParks – taking technology outside

By Carlos Smaniotto Costa and Ifpra editor
A new European research project is investigating how our love of smartphones, tablets and other technology can be used to encourage more people to enjoy public spaces.

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Nordic Park Congress rocks

A highly successful Nordic Park Congress was held in Malmö Sweden from 20-22 August, combined with two days of Ifpra programmes on 18-19 August.

The Nordic Congress is hosted by one of the Scandinavian countries every four years.

Read more and see photos from the event>>

Ifpra Academy Workshop well attended

By Dr Christy Boylan

A total of 21 people from 13 countries participated in the Ifpra Academy Workshop in Malmö on 19 August 2014.

Participants discussed requirements for Certified Park Professional (CPP) and Certified International Park Professional (CIPP) certifications.

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Yardstick Newsletter

The August issue of Yardstick News is now available.

It covers recent online developments, information about the 2014-15 Parks and Facilities Programmes, and survey and benchmarking updates and changes.

Read the e-newsletter>>

Benchmark of the month - August 2014

This item shares 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 the percentage of Parkcheck organisations that were able to report on litter and refuse costs.

Visit the Yardstick Global website for more  information about Yardstick>>

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>>

Call for contributions

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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