This article reproduces an item from the Hortis publication de 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.

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Implementation of riverside parks in the city of São Paulo – progress and constraints

"The environmental degradation of urban rivers and streams in large cities has led to the development of a variety of public policies. In the city of São Paulo, Brazil, a policy for recovering watercourses and valley floors has been developed with the implementation of riverside parks. This represents a new paradigm for the city in terms of its relationship with rivers and streams. This paper presents the results of an exploratory study, which aimed to analyse riverside parks in the city of São Paulo during the last decade. The study analysed the main management difficulties in relation to these types of urban park during their post-implementation stage, assessing their performance in relation to their social and environmental functions. It addressed issues such as the state of the site before and after the implementation of the riverside park, levels of user satisfaction in relation to the state of the watercourse, sports and leisure facilities, green space, security and the way the park is used. The study showed that riverside parks are recognised as elements that improve the quality of public spaces, socially legitimised as public policies."

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

The 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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr Digby WhyteDr Digby Whyte, World Urban Parks CEO, Australia
World Urban Parks will be a year old in April, having publicly launched at the first World Urban Parks Congress at Ponte de Lima in May 2015.

2016 is shaping up to be very active, with members taking the lead in organising the World and Region congresses, making conference presentations, and organising regional and standing committees and developing their services, particularly through working parties.

National associations are developing national versions of the World Parks Academy's CPP certification, members are becoming certified, and others are delivering Academy training webinars. Groups are working on good practices, applied research, benchmarking, advocacy and events, marketing and communications, operations standards, and the development of a think tank for advocacy leadership.

The 2016 World Urban Parks key indicators report is released in this issue, produced in partnership with Yardstick benchmarking. Members are contributing to World Parks News – featuring their parks, policies and reports, national association profiles and activity, as well as selected articles from their professional magazines.

Importantly, members are seeking opportunities to network internationally, participating in congresses, working groups and directly with their colleagues on mutual issues. We have also welcomed a number of new agencies, particularly from the Americas and including Latin America.

A new feature introduced this year will be an annual commission to highlight and facilitate discussion and activity on a selected key issue, such as rethinking parks, climate change, and equity and access. Contributions to the theme can be made at congresses, through working parties, regional activity and think tank discussion.

As Japan is hosting the 42nd G7 Summit in May, our Japanese members are looking to make a proposal to the Japanese Prime Minister for the G7 to champion a United Nations level organisation to promote city parks, green space and recreation.

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World Urban Parks CongressSave the date and consider presenting at the World Urban Parks and Institute of Environment and Recreation Management Congress, to be held on 26-28 September 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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

The theme is People and Green Space – A Celebration of Diversity. There is a wide range of possible sub-themes to suit your interests – see the brochure for a full list.

The Congress is co-hosted by the city of Cape Town and the University of South Africa. It is an opportunity to experience the diversity of international and national views and approaches to common issues within the Cape Town environment, as well as network with international Africa region colleagues.

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

Large Parks NetworkJoin the new World Urban Parks Large Urban Parks network and be part of an influential group of urban park leaders and professionals from around the world.

Members of the network will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most sophisticated, diverse, and world-renowned parks and parks management practices and join any of three associated Working Groups: Good Practices, Knowledge and Research, and Advocacy and Events.

Read our invitation to join the Large Urban Parks network>>

Read our invitation to join a Large Urban Parks working group>>

Annual IndicatorsThe World Urban Parks Annual Key Performance Indicators 2016 report is now available for all members to view as a free introduction to World Urban Parks' new benchmarking service.

In following years, this service will allow city agencies and similar park organisations, in countries without Yardstick benchmarking, to enter their online data for 25 of the most frequently sought benchmarks for a cost-effective $380 USD. For this introductory year, it is presented free of charge.

They receive this annual report on those benchmarks that draws from Annual Indicators users in addition to the full Yardstick benchmarking community of agencies and organisations in Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

Those interested in participating this year for the 2017 Report are welcome to contact CEO Dr Digby Whyte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those interested in full Yardstick benchmarking should go to www.yardstickglobal.org.

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World Parks AcademyThanks to Dr Christy Boylan for providing a fantastic 'History of Parks' webinar in February. Upcoming speakers are Torgeir Sorensen (Norway) in March, Kenzo Oguchi (Japan) in April, and Kevin Halpenny (Ireland) in May.

Each month through till May 2016, the World Parks Academy will offer a short (1-2 hour) webinar covering one of the competencies requiring certification. All webinars are free and eligible for continuing education unit credits at registration.

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AlbiThe Europe Region Congress takes place from 5-7 October 2016 in the French city of Albi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Proposal submissions for this Congress close on 15 April.

Share your vision with 300 French and international colleagues. The theme of this bi-lingual congress is Green heritage and green infrastructure.

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

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Parks Week videoAustralia and New Zealand are finding creative ways to promote parks in the leadup to Parks Week, which runs from 5-13 March 2016. Wellington City Council has produced a catchy two-minute parody video, inspired by Blur's hit song Parklife and showcasing the city's parks.

Organised by the New Zealand Recreation Association and Parks and Leisure Australia, Parks Week promotes the value of parks and open spaces, and aims to get people out of their living rooms and into the outdoors.

Councils and other organisations across both countries are running exciting events including a mountain bike competition, snorkelling tours, moonlight markets, an outdoor adventure challenge, free fitness sessions, wildlife workshops, sunset cinemas, a farewell to shorebirds leaving on their annual migration, a mayoral walk, an offroad marathon, canoe instruction, 4WD coastal tours, heritage walks, restoration projects and even Dogs 'n' Togs – one of the few canine pool parties on the planet.

Visit the Parks Week website to see a list of events>>

Learning to rethink parksParks and open spaces in all areas of the world face funding challenges. Learning to Rethink Parks is a recent report from the UK's National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (Nesta), which re-thinks funding models for public parks across the world.

Read the report's findings>>