Last year alone, I had the opportunity to work in 42 different cities, in five continents. Through all of my keynotes, workshops, and meetings I included World Urban Parks (WUP) information. An almost unanimous response was their interest in networking, learning from international park practices, on both what to do as well as to avoid.
This past month I have seen how WUP is providing this possibility and continues to search for ways to do it even better.
International congresses provide countless opportunities to share and to learn from others, in the programmed sessions as well as informally, in coffee breaks or walks. In October we are having our World Event in conjunction with Parks and Leisure Australia’s great International Congress in amazing Melbourne. Registration is open, and it’d be great to have as many WUP members attending as possible. In addition to the world event, the regional events also play a very important role. A few weeks ago, we were part of the Congreso Internacional de Parques in Mérida, México. Felicitaciones Asociacion Nacional de Parques de México, ANPA. This was the first Congress held by ANPA, and there were over 1700 participants from 22 countries in attendance. There was great representation of WUP members, both through delivering keynotes and specialized sessions. We also had a special session for current members and people interested in becoming members, where we had a lively conversation on what we are doing, and what they want us to do in the future.