Ten national recreation and park associations came together through webinar on 26 July 2017 to discuss Financial Growth and Sustainability through Income Diversity. The webinar was hosted by the World Parks Academy as an initiative of the World Urban Parks Alliances Committee. World Urban Parks is unique in having most of the world's national associations as members, with four seats on the board allocated to national associations. This was the first time leaders from park and recreation associations around the world came together to share financial management strategies, and the group expects to meet 2-3 times per year to share knowledge of mutual benefit.
Following introductions, discussion was facilitated by two national associations with diverse incomes. Kevin O'Hara of the National Parks and Recreation Association of the USA and Karl Nesbitt of the New Zealand Recreation Association (pictured). Although membership fees are often the main form of income, this was not the case for these two associations. The roundtable discussion indicated that there was a mix of innovative and classical income sources among the associations.
The World Parks Academy offers monthly webinars and is continuing to look for speakers to provide 45 minute presentations on a topic related to the parks and recreation industry. The Academy website can be viewed at