Next week is the World Urban Parks Europe Region Congress at Birkenhead Park, the last of a run of congress partnerships in every region over the last year. It’s been great to have the interest of our national associations and cities in providing joint conferences.

The benefit to the host is the profile and added-value of an international congress, with World Urban Parks facilitating presenters from its experienced membership to provide new perspectives on common issues and developments. World Urban Parks members benefit from a range of partner conferences. These events provide opportunities to share knowledge and experiences, see the host city’s parks, open spaces and recreation, meet colleagues face-to-face and be inspired. Although the range of choice means members may not get to see each other all together, there is always a good mix of members and locals, and member workshops such as the meetings of Europe members and large urban parks network at the Europe Congress at Birkenhead Park.

If you are a national association or city thinking about a potential conference partnership please feel free to talk to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. While World Urban Parks seeks to have annual World and Region Congresses, we are always happy to promote member conferences and help source some international speakers.

In 2018 the World Congress will be held in partnership with Parks and Leisure Australia in Melbourne in October and the Americas Region Congress will be held in partnership with the new Mexico association for parks and recreation in Merida in April. The Europe Region Committee will be pleased to discuss options including with the Nordic parks group. A formal expression of interest will be sought to determine World and Region Congresses from 2019-2021.


Keep an eye on the World Urban Parks website, World Parks News events, and our social media for upcoming conference activity.