Healthy Parks, Healthy Cities

Introduction

A healthy city sustains healthy people. For the first time in history, more of the planets' population now live in urban areas. There are growing public health concerns including rising global rates of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, depression and anxiety.

Parks are emerging as important public health resources that can enhance people's mental, physical and social wellbeing by connecting people to nature, offering respite, providing access to physical activity opportunities, and serving as safe vibrant spaces for fostering social connections. Diverse urban spaces including parks, gardens, urban forests, community gardens, and park-lets can all support people's health and wellbeing. So the need to ensure that cities are vibrant, sustainable, accessible, well-planned and designed is critical. 

 

Purpose

Professional and passionate experts and practitioners are coming together in this committee to share knowledge information and ideas to ensure this important issue is being advanced and that everyone has access to urban parks.

The objectives of the Healthy Parks Health Cities Committee are:

  1. To represent the role of parks in contributing to healthy cities
  2. To foster and engage an international network related to Healthy Parks and Healthy Cities and to exchange knowledge and experience within that network.
  3. To accumulate, develop and spread knowledge relating to the contribution healthy parks makes to healthy cities through conferences, seminars, research, peer reviews, technical visits, working parties, staff exchange etc.
  4. To advocate, expand cross-sector engagement, improve equity of access, and effect change at international, regional and local levels that significant social, economic and environmental contribution that parks make to cities' livability and healthiness, climate change mitigation and sustainability and international renown; and the need to plan for and invest in them. 

Current Projects

  • Establish Principles of Healthy Cities
  • Healthy Urban Parks & Green Cities Agenda Information for WUP members
  • Communications Plan
  • Summary of research data

Past Projects

  • Input to WUP IPLC 2018
  • Established Healthy Urban Parks and Green Cities Agenda

Join

If you are interested in joining the Healthy Parks, Healthy Cities Committee please contact the Chair Kristen Jackson or office@worldurbanparks.org