World Urban Park Partner Events

World Urban Parks partners with local, regional, or national park and recreation organisations to host a variety of events. Those events can be a Regional Partner Congress or a World Urban Parks Congress. Join us at our next partner congress to learn, network, and meet other World Urban Park members!

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World Urban Parks - Partner Events


World Urban Parks is excited to announce its 2021 virtual World Urban Parks Congress following the success of the 2020 Parks for all Congress with the City of Tirana. This virtual event will bring together city and community leaders, park professionals, partners, affiliates, and engaged citizens under the shared goal of advancing parks through intentional successful strategies. It has been a trying time for today’s park leaders as they face unprecedented challenges. Now, more than ever, parks must take the stage to demonstrate the relevant nature they serve to forge healthier and more resilient cities in, through, and out of the pandemic.

The World Congress 2021 will be held virtually from December 5 - 10, 2021.

The Congress is focused on responding to the global challenges from COVID19 to Equity to Climate Change and focuses on the big question:

What will be our legacy for cities and communities?

This Congress will explore the following key questions:

  • What is the legacy of park leaders - How will an all-inclusive leadership shape the legacy and grow emerging leaders?
  • Can we learn from the past and enable the future?
  • Who’s vision - are our Parks for All - How will all-inclusive and participatory park advocates ensure equity, access to parks, and health and wellness benefits for all?

“The measure of any great civilization is its cities and a measure of a city’s greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares.” — John Ruskin

The landscaping Show, Paysalia 2021, will be held from Tuesday, November 30th to Thursday, December 2nd next. The 7th edition of this trade fair brings together everyone active in the sector. The 2019 edition hosted 741 exhibitors and nearly 30,000 visitors and Paysalia 2021 sets out to do even better as a place where buyers and sellers meet to do business and chat between equals.

IERM will be hosting its first virtual convention on 24 & 25 March 2021, morning session and afternoon session.


Program is NOW AVAILABLE! 

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IFPRA Japan 30th Anniversary & World Urban Parks Japan 5th Anniversary World Urban Parks Japan International Symposium 2021 - The Role of Open Spaces to Enrich Our Life in "New Normal" 

May 19, 2021

We are honoured to organise an international symposium that celebrates the 30th anniversary of IFPRA* Japan and the 5th anniversary of World Urban Parks Japan.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have witnessed drastic changes in our social lives, with an emerging movement to seek out a new society and new ways of living. Such transformations have also prompted us to newly appreciate the value of parks and green areas in the public domain.

Based on these circumstances, the symposium will discuss what changes might affect the current state of public parks and other green areas and how we should shape future urban policy, in order to provide useful insights for both Japan and abroad from a broad range of perspectives.

*IFPRA: International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration

Sessions & Speakers

  • the Revitalization of Minneapolis and Pittsburgh Parks - Jayne Miller, Chair of World Urban Parks
  • Living Space - From the Perspective of daily Life and the Environment - Shin Yamada
  • What if your city was a National Park City? - Dan Raven-Ellison
  • Enhancing urban resilience through green infrastructure - Utilizing green capital towards local community capacity building - Rumi Sato
  • Panel: The Role of Open Spaces to Enrich Our Life in "New Normal" - Fujio Hirata, Tsutomu Bessho, Ryu Ono, Jayne Miller, & Rumi Sato

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Green Pavlova is bringing together the Asia-Pacific parks and open spaces industry to learn new things, discuss best practice and network with colleagues. 

On 25-28 May 2021, you'll have the opportunity to visit award-winning parks, meet a huge selection of trade exhibitors and help shape the future of our industry. 

This years conference is about reconnecting with colleagues and sharing our stories. The aim of Green Pavlova 2021 and WUP Asia-Pacific regional congress is to reflect the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi; Participation, Protection, Partnership. We'll be focusing on sustainability, environmental management, bio-diversity and community engagement with the spotlight on cultural values.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and ensuring that the conference adheres to good hygiene practices. Should the event be postponed or cancelled by Recreation Aotearoa for any reason, you will be offered a full refund or to transfer your registration to a future event.

For our international colleagues that are unable to travel, we have an online option. Click Here!

If you are in New Zealand, please click here

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