Parks for Life - International Urban Parks & Green Space Alliance
Parks for Life was an international alliance of professional and peak park and recreation associations and similar organisations spanning the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. It had an interest in advocacy and aligning global activities, such as World Parks Day.
The Strategic review highlighted a need for a new-model inclusive organisation that would compliment the IUCN by focusing on urban parks, open space and recreation where the world's population mainly lived. It is a focus on people, place making, health, urban livability, and connection to sustainable natural environment. And it is a focus on joining up all government, businesses and the community engaged in this and allied sectors.
IFPRA committed reserves to fund the planning of the new organisation and Task Force of IFPRA, Parks for Life, and other stakeholders developed implementation to the point that the IFPRA General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to launch the organisation on behalf of the parks, open space and recreation sector in April 2015. The new organisation has inherited the best of its founding organisation's visions, services and members from 35 countries that have enabled World Urban Parks to hit the ground while drawing in exciting new contributions and country representation from partnering organisations, new organisations and individuals.