World Parks Week Resources

Parks For All

Parks For All - Canada

An Action Plan for Canada's Parks Community

The parks community includes anyone and everyone who cares about Nature and parks in Canada.  It is inclusive, open, and self-defined.

Parks for All means working together to realize shared goals through a variety of perspectives, resulting in distinct practices and individual responsibilities. As humans, our worldview shapes how we see, learn, speak, and hear – how we interact with each other, with other species, and with the land.

The parks community is built on the acceptance of this truth.

Though our perspectives in the community may vary, we are all Nature, and that connects us. We all benefit from healthy parks and natural areas and the quality of life they provide.

Delve deeper into Parks for All to learn more about the parks community’s shared vision and goals, and how to be a part of making them happen!

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World Urban Parks Statement - Parks For All

In 2009, for the first time ever, the world’s population became more urban than rural. By 2050, around two-thirds of all people will live in cities and urban populations will grow by more than 2 billion people. It is therefore imperative to ensure Cities are liveable and that everyone has access to parks, open space and recreation.

The World Urban Parks organisation believes that urban parks, open space and recreation should be accessible for all.

World Urban Parks recognises the rights of Traditional Owners and pays respects to their elders past and present.

The key Principles by which World Urban Parks champions for urban park outcomes for liveable cities are:

  • Universal Rights
  • Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
  • Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
  • Meeting International Agreements

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Children, Play and Nature Policy Statement

As a global voice supporting the value and benefits of parks and open space, World Urban Parks Association recognizes the important role urban parks play in children's quality of life worldwide. Access to active self-directed play in nature is fundamental to healthy childhood. World Urban Parks represents agencies that provide and manage environments for play and experience of nature. Our members have an important role to serve in advocating for improved opportunities for play outside in nature for children, young people, adults and families. 

The World Urban Parks' Children Play and Nature Policy Statement is underpinned by the vision and actions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Article 31 (General Comment 2013):

The right to play and informal recreation, for all children and young people up to 18 years of age is contained in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 31 includes a number of related, but distinct, rights: rest, recreation, leisure, play, participation in cultural life and the arts.

Article 31

  • States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
  • States parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.


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How to #NatureForAll

Discovery more through #NatureForAll of how to incorporate nature into your World Parks Week event! 

Download 'How to Guides,' learn form other 'Success Stories,' or even read 'Connecting to Nature Comics! 

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