World Parks Week will take place from 29 April - 7 May 2017, showcasing Parks Week events from the world's parks.
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World Urban Parks offers three levels of congress:
Annual World Urban Parks Congress in partnership with a national association, major city or organisation (level 3)
World Urban Parks Region Congress (usually annual) in partnership with a national/state association, city or organisation (level 2)
International Conferences partnered with any relevant organisation (level 1)
The Congresses provide an opportunity for members to become inspired, share knowledge and form and maintain key contacts with people involved in parks, open space, recreation, culture and related disciplines and interests from across the globe as well as see initiatives in the host city. They usually include a World Urban Parks day for board, committee and working party meetings and workshops where members can meet face to face.
World Urban Parks may in addition partner with organisations to bring world status, international speakers and value to other conferences and exhibitions. These may not include broad member attendance.
The International Greenery, Recreation, Infrastructure and Parks Conference, Singapore 2017
An Institute of Parks and Recreation Singapore and World Urban Parks Asia-Pacific Region Congress, this will be held 6-10 June at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.
More information is available in this brochure. The program and registration will be made available soon. Special rates will be available at Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel with roof park
Gardens by the Bay
Sungei Buloh Wetland Park
World Urban Parks Europe Region Congress at Birkenhead Park, in association with Wirral Council, UK 2017
Pre-congress tours and workshops are planned to start on 14 October, with the congress officially held from 17-19 October. Post-congress tours will also feature
Birkenhead Park Opening 1847
Birkenhead Park Today
Concept for Wirral Waters
Second World Urban Parks Congress, Cape Town, South Africa
The second World Urban Parks congress was held at the President Hotel, Cape Town from 26-28 September, in partnership with the Institute of Environment and Recreation Management of South Africa and their annual convention.
Including technical tour presenters, the Congress featured over 70 presenters from around the world (See Program).
The Congress was structured with presentations on 26 and 27 September with a Gala Dinner on the night of 27 September, and technical tours, hosted by the City of Cape Town on 28 September. The dinner featured the presentation of the second World Urban Parks Distinguished Individual Award to Neil McCarthy and the presentation of the first Certified Parks Professional (CPP) certificate to an African candidate, Emmanuel Maphorogo.
Six conference presenters flew on to Johannesburg on 29 September to deliver their presentations again at an International Colloquium at the University of South Africa for professionals unable to travel to the Congress, with a further 85 delegates in attendance.
The full PowerPoint presentations are available here as PDFs, with World Urban Parks member presentations outlined briefly in the conference report below:
World Urban Parks Europe Region and Hortis Congress, Albi, France
The 1st World Urban Parks Europe Region Congress was held in partnership with Hortis, the French association for urban parks management, and their annual congress from 5-7 October. The venue was the Grand Theatre in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Albi, France.
Titled Green Heritage and Green Infrastructure: Evolution or Revolution in Society the congress featured 46 speakers and workshop presenters (17 international) plus Hortis region presenters and technical tour leaders for a dozen local destinations.Overall the congress attracted an enthusiastic 374 registrants - for the congress, a large trade show and accompanying person tours. The conference was structured with a WUP half day on the 4th with about 30 members presenting on key issues in their countries and holding a Large Urban Parks Committee meeting, and the main congress from the 5th to 7th with morning presentations alternating with workshops or technical tours in the afternoon. Nine Hortis members received the World Parks Academy and Hortis partnered Certified Parks Professional - France certificates at the Gala Dinner on the 6th. International WUP members numbered 35 plus 7 accompanying persons.
View the bilingual French-English conference program here.
Presentation on Hortis and French key issues by Elisabeth Fournier, Hortis Secretary General, at the WUP Workshop
Opening Address by Jean-Pierre Gueneau, President of Hortis, with WUP Chair Dr Anna Steidle waiting to respond; Grand Theatre, Albi
Congress participants at the Garden of Martels in Giroussens
The first World Urban Parks Congress was held in association with the 9th Iberoamerican Congress of Parks and Public Gardens and Ponte de Lima Municipality, Ponte de Lima, Portugal, 26-30 May 2015
The congress attracted 200 participants of which 45 were speakers and over 50 World Urban Parks members. Activity included a pre-congress member day on the 25th, Pre-congress tour on the 26th, Congress from 27th – 29th, and Post-congress tour 30th May. To view the full program and papers go to the World Urban Parks Congress 2015 website.
The languages were English, Portuguese and Spanish with all sessions translated. Congress tours included the International Garden Festival, an annual event with 100,000 visitors annually, as well as touring Portugal's only national park.
Pictures: Top Left, ExpoLima venue; middle, presentation hall; right, pre-congress workshop at the Palacete Villa Morais.
Bottom Left Associations meeting in the dining marquee; middle Peneda Geres National Park; Right Traditional dancing
Congresses by antecedent organisation Ifpra were held every three years with regional congresses in intervening years.
The last Regional Congress was the Ifpra Asia-Pacific Congress held in Penang, Malaysia, 23-27 June 2014.
The 2013 World Congress was held in October at Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada in association with the thriving Alberta Recreation and Park Association. As a joint conference Ifpra members provided 25 percent of presentations, adding a distinctly international flavour.
For the 2013 World Congress Report, by Gilbert Briscoe, click here . For the 2013 pre-Congress Tour Report, by Cliff Lacey and Barry Manchak, click here.
Papers presented at the 2013 World Congress can be downloaded from the Leisure Information Network here.
Reports from the 2010 World Congress held in Hong Kong, including proceedings and photos, are available here.
World Urban Parks may be involved to varying levels with other Conferences.
The last two conferences with Ifpra participation were:
IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney 12-19 November 2014
Ifpra contributed to Stream 3 Healthy Parks Healthy People, Session 8 Great Parks and Green Spaces: Creating Healthy and Liveable Cities with a presentation by CEO Digby Whyte on World Urban Parks the proposed new-model world urban parks organisation.
Nordic Parks Congress, Malmö Sweden 20-22 August 2014
The four-yearly Nordic Parks Conference (conducted in English) included presentations from head gardeners from Gothenburg, Sweden and Chicago, USA, the former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for Bogota, Columbia and Ifpra’s James McCulloch from the UK as well as local study tours. In conjunction Ifpra hosted a pre-conference program comprising a full day bus tour of Copenhagen on 18 August and on 19 August a day with the Yardstick Scandinavian User Group Meeting, Ifpra Academy Workshop, and Ifpra Europe, World Commissioners and World Executive meetings. Ifpra coordination was by Dr Christy Boylan, Ifpra Europe Secretary, with the conference program by Sten Goranssen, Chairman of the Swedish Association of Park Administrators.
Papers from the Nordic Parks Congress can be downloaded from the Movium website here