World Parks Academy

The World Parks Academy (WPA) works to recognise and develop the credentials of parks and recreation professionals around the world with an accreditation system.

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The 2019 World Congress is fast-approaching. We will be in Kazan, Russia this September 12 & 13th. Don't miss out! Stay tuned for more information on our 2019 World Parks Congress!

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Welcome to World Urban Parks - the new international organisation representing the vibrant urban parks, open space and recreation sector. At a time when urban growth will see 70 percent of the world's population living in urban areas by 2050, sharing knowledge and providing a collective voice for all people and organisations engaged in green cities, open space, recreation, health and related activity is vital. Together we want to build healthy, liveable and sustainable communities. Come join us!

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Posted May 11, 2019 by Benjamin Jonah

Join City Parks Alliance and more than 1,000 global park leaders in Denver, Colorado, July 20-24 for Greater & Greener 2019: Exploring Natural Connections. For more than a decade, Greater & Greener has been the leading international conference exploring the role of parks in addressing some of the biggest challenges in cities. Conference sessions, tours, mobile workshops and networking opportunities have been carefully curated to foster an honest dialogue around social equity, cross-agency and cross-sector partnerships, funding models, and replicable solutions for parks. Greater & Greener 2019: Exploring Natural Connections will emphasize the natural connections between parks and quality of life, parks and economic benefits, parks and environmental resilience, and the role of parks and city-building. The International Forumon day three of the conference is presented in partnership with World Urban Parks. See session descriptions and speakers

City Parks Alliance is pleased to announce continuing education credits for parks and recreation professionals, planners, and landscape architects. #GreaterGreener

Posted May 1, 2019 by Benjamin Jonah

“On behalf of the World Urban Parks and Republic of Tatarstan, we are delighted to invite you to this year’s World Congress in Kazan, Tatarstan from the 11-16th of September 2019.  The Congress Committee has prepared an exciting and diverse programme of lectures and technical visits. We hope you will be able to participate in this very special event and we look forward to welcoming you there."

-Natalia Fishman - Aide to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan

-Kevin Halppeny - Chair, World Urban Parks Europe Committee

Posted April 4, 2019 by Benjamin Jonah

As the world urban population will double from 3.5 billion to over 7.0 billion in the next 40 years it is this important to support the development of parks and open spaces as critical elements in creating vibrant cities and healthy communities. The International Large Urban Parks Award program is an important element in the promotion of the benefits of urban parks around the world and to highlight best practice within our industry.
The International Large Urban Parks Award enables Cities around the world to benchmark their performance and understand where improvements could be made. Apply Today!

Applications close May 30th, 2019 and all documents submitted must be in English.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat Coordinator at

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