Dr Digby Whyte, World Urban Parks CEO
World Urban Parks has four goals. These are to improve the quality of life for citizens by establishing strong parks networks, to improve the skills and knowledge of parks professionals through providing strong professional networks that connect colleagues around the world, to ensure the benefits of parks, open space and recreation are well understood by governments, and to act as a global voice for the sector, and the world's national associations.
Our initiatives to achieve these goals are driven by members who work together in standing committees, regional committees and working parties. These groups are accessible at all levels of an organisation, thanks to internet meetings where you can see international colleagues, make presentations and share material.
Standing committees and their working parties will now be complemented by roundtables of 4-10 colleagues who meet by internet over a common issue. One of the first roundtable meetings this year will include several World Urban Parks national association members who will meet to discuss avenues to strengthen income and increase funding diversity.
Please feel free to suggest key issues you'd like discussed, or raise them on the World Urban Parks professional group on LinkedIn. Members can also use the LinkedIn group’s member database to contact colleagues directly on topics of interest.
For those with an interest in events, our Region Committees are developing a range of activities, including region congresses where members are in demand to present, or participate, as well as technical tours, and even helping professionals develop national associations in countries where they don't exist.