From January to the End of April 2015 the Ifpra Executive invited World Urban Parks Task Force Strategy Group members to join with them to form a World Urban Parks Joint Implementation Committee.
The Committee will have held meetings on 4 February, 5 March and 1 April to provide governance oversight. The Joint Implementation Committee was also the initial source of first directors for the World Urban Parks board.
World Urban Parks was registered in New Zealand as an Incorporated Society on 23 February 2015. Registration can be viewed at www.societies.govt.nz under its name or registration number 2619311. The registration site is required to include the rules/constitution of World Urban Parks and future financial statements.
During March the new organisation's banking, invoicing and promotional material was developed. Ifpra members automatically transfer to the new organisation and an invoice and membership form (to update details) will be sent in March and April.
15 December 2014
Results of the Special Meeting of the Ifpra General Assembly:
There was healthy turnout of 127 answering the main question whether to approve the new world urban parks/’new Ifpra’ constitution.
93 percent voted ‘Yes'
3 percent voted ‘Yes subject to conditions’ (modifications)
4 percent voted ‘No’
Strictly in terms of the Ifpra constitution, votes by financial members gave the following corrected result:
92.68 voted ‘Yes’
3.66 percent voted ‘Yes’ subject to conditions
3.66 percent voted ‘No’
As 75 percent of eligible voting members are required to approve a constitutional change, the new constitution was approved by a comfortable margin.
At this stage the constitution will likely take effect on 1 April 2015.
119 members indicated their preference for the name for the ‘new Ifpra’
81.5 percent preferred World Urban Parks
18.5 percent preferred Ifpra
16 members made comments, most commonly to consider adding Recreation in the title to reflect the new constitution, or to add Organisation on the end.
The Ifpra Executive would like to thank all those who turned out to vote, as well as the many members who were involved in one way or another in ensuring our parks, open space and recreation industry has a viable organisation to represent the parks, open space and recreation sector.
17 November 2014
The World Urban Parks organisation proposal was presented at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney on 15 November 2014 as part of Stream 3 Healthy Parks Healthy People, Session 8 Great Parks and Green Spaces: creating healthy liveable cities. The session image is from a Tweet by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, USA.
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13 November 2014
Dear Ifpra Member
Notice of Special Meeting of the Ifpra General Assembly
To be held by on-line internet survey 5-12 December 2014
Purpose: To approve a new-model World Urban Parks organisation constitution to replace the current Ifpra constitution
Preamble: This is an important strategic decision about initiating a new-model, inclusive, financially sustainable world urban parks organisation or 'new Ifpra' in response to declining membership of our current organisation. The Ifpra World Executive recommends approval of the new draft constitution.
Note: a quorum is 15 survey responses from members
1. Approval of the new-model world urban parks organisation ('new Ifpra') draft constitution to replace the current Ifpra Constitution (paper and draft constitution attached)
2. Preferred name for the new-model world urban parks organisation (paper attached)
Voting by Internet Survey
Please fill out the survey any time between 5 and 12 December 2014 by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TRPJMCX The survey will not open until this period. You will receive a reminder email. The survey method allows all Ifpra members to participate in this important decision. The World General Assembly in Penang made this method possible by changes to the Ifpra Constitution on June 2014.
Member Eligibility to Vote
If you are intending to pay fees at the time of voting please complete the survey. The results will show the views of all members as well as financial members.
For a table answering a number of Frequently Asked Questions please click here: World Urban Parks / New Ifpra FAQs
13 November 2014
The Task Force Strategy Group delivered their report to the World Executive on 30 October 2014. The Report and appendices was directly e-mailed to Ifpra Members on 12 November 2014. The appendices included the Draft World Urban Parks Ltd Constitution that the Ifpra General Assembly will vote whether to adopt to replace the current Ifpra Constitution on 5-12 December 2014.
8 October 2014
The Task Force Strategy Group has created a draft Prospectus of the new organisation for consultation purposes. These are to be accompanied by one-page draft Invitations to join the new organisation. The drafts are to test whether organisations and individuals would be prepared to seriously consider joining the organisation after reviewing the benefits and costs.