It’s good to see the World Urban Parks Organisation Task Force testing the fundamental premise for a new world urban parks organisation. The group is looking into the viability of the new organisation, what its scope would be (quite possibly all things ‘recreation’ and ‘open space’ within an urban context), and what organisations and individuals want from a global organisation of this kind.
These are the kind of questions that will be put to a growing advisory or reference group of key cities, organisations and respected individuals over coming months as the Task Force explores the value of an inclusive new-model world urban parks organisation.
I am grateful for those volunteering their time on the Task Force. Thank you also to our hard working executive and commissioners, whether they are organising our conferences, the Ifpra Academy, committees, or engaging associations and professionals to become part of our international and regional revitalisation. I offer a warm welcome to new commissioners Anne Charlton for Canada, Kevin Halpenny for Ireland, and Li Xiong for China.