Older Adults & Parks


Older adults make up an increasing percentage of the population in many countries and often, as we age, parks become increasingly inaccessible. Therefore, although parks are public spaces should connect individuals of all ages and backgrounds, we need to ensure that these spaces are truly accessible for all to enjoy. 

The experiences older adults have in parks, green spaces or natural areas can leave a life change legacy. Whether that experience is one of healthy fulfillment and happiness or one of fear, anxiety and even personal injury, can be influenced by us as parks professionals. Equally, this growing populous is a valuable resource, that can be engaged and contribute back to the community through Parks. 


The Older Adults and Parks Committee is set up to advocate for and champion change, leading to best practice in government policy, professional design, park presentation and community engagement.

Committee Meeting Minutes

Current Projects

  • Continue Global Networking
  • Support Education & Research
  • Virtual Internship

Past Projects

  • Development & Adoptions of a WUP Statement for Older Adults & Parks
  • Development of the committee's strategy
  • Collaboration between WUP & WHO through its Global Networking for Age-friendly Cities & Communities
  • Education/dissemination of information and networking


If you are interested in joining the Older Adults & Parks committee please contact the Co-Chairs, Gil Penalosa or Dr. Mary Worrall by emailing oap@worldurbanparks.org