Introduction

World Urban Parks Americas Region is one of four regions intended to enhance member activity with related conferences, seminars, technical tours, working parties, and face to face meetings and networking.  The Americas Region includes North, Central and South American Countries and the Caribbean.  As antecedent organisation Ifpra did not have an Americas Region this region will develop from new.

 

Americas Region Committee

To ensure direct communication with the Board the Chair of the Americas Region is a Board director. Initially the Chair is an appointed First Director. Around June 2016 full members from Americas Region countries will elect the Chair. The first meeting of Americas members in November 2015 decided on Co-Chairs and sub-region leaders to develop membership. Membership of the Committee is now open. There will likely be opportunities for the Americas Region Committee to meet face to face at a partnered conference or other event at least annually, and otherwise by web conference.

Table 1. Europe Region Committee

Role

Name

Contact

Country

Co Chair

Catherine Nagel

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 USA

Co Chair

Martha Fajardo

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 Columbia

 

Terms of Reference

Click here for the World Urban Parks Region Committee Terms of Reference that outlines the role and powers of the committee.

  

Americas Region Congress Events

World Urban Parks America Region is a new Region under development. Initial programmed events and activities will likely develop in association with national professional/peak associations.

An Americas Region Committee will facilitate a 2016 program. Currently Mexico is a tentative consideration.

 

Two major events of member associations in 2015 were:

  

The United States’ City Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted international urban parks conference, Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities, in San Francisco from 11-14 April 2015.

The conference attracted up to 1,000 global park leaders, city planning and design professionals, and urban park advocates interested in the power of parks in creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable cities. The conference included an international forum led by Claudia Harari and World Urban Parks Chair Gil Penalosa. World Urban Parks was introduced by Board director John Senior.

  

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) held their annual Congress and 50th anniversary at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas from 15-17 September 2015. The Congress brings together the park and recreation community in the US, typically hosting 7,000 park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates and industry suppliers.


Americas National Ambassadors

National Ambassadors (previously called 'Commissioners') are appointed for the first 1-2 years of World Urban Parks in an ambassadorial role to assist new and transitioning members from their country. These are experienced and well-connected professionals. Where countries have national professional/peak parks, open space, and/or recreation associations that are members of World Urban Parks, these will also be a primary source of assistance to members.

 

Country

Ambassador

Email

Argentina

Graciela Barreiro

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Canada

Anne Charlton

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 United States of America

 Charles Leider

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