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. 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!

News & Announcements

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 17th, 2019 and all documents submitted must be in English.

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

Posted December 20, 2018 by Benjamin Jonah

The Melbourne 2018 INTERNATIONAL PARKS AND LEISURE (IPLC) Congress in partnership with the Parks and Leisure Australia focused on addressing the pressing global impact and challenges that urban growth and density will have on our parks, overall wellbeing, climate, and sports and leisure. We outlined many of the challenges, but also addressed how we as a sector can comprehensively respond to ensure that our open spaces are protected, communities improved, and our lifestyles enhanced.

From the IPLC 2018 comes the Melbourne Statement. World Urban Parks developed this statement in response to the congress and lays out key principles in conjunction with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

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Posted November 28, 2018 by Benjamin Jonah
World Urban Parks is pleased to begin releasing our newest website and membership management system! We will be doing our full release in the new year. We ask you as members to review and confirm your membership material and account to ensure it is up to date. If it is not please contact the office at Thank you! 

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