What is World Parks Week

World Parks Week is an opportunity to celebrate our parks and green spaces. The week is organised to:

  • Communicate the critical importance of parks in a global context
  • Promote best practices by learning from other parks services
  • Encourage people to enjoy nature and appreciate the importance of green space while maintaining physical distancing

World Parks Week was developed out of World Parks Day, which was held in the Fall. In 2017, World Urban Parks developed the event into a week and moved it to April/May. This way, we as a World Parks community can celebrate the week no matter what part of hemisphere of the world we call home.

Concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak continue to grip our world. As an organisation, World Urban Parks advocates and supports the power of parks, open spaces, and nature as essential resources for health and wellness.

We believe that many parks and trails, open spaces and nature can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we strongly recommend people follow Government directions and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.

We encourage local jurisdictions to keep parks, trails and nature open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so.

World Urban Parks

World Urban Parks is the organisation to go to for international advice, support and getting connected with urban park, open space and recreation issues, people and activity. We combine the experience of our members and partners with opportunities to help build urban parks leadership and bring about significant improvements in cities where rapid urbanisation is occurring. 

We provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on common environmental, social and economic challenges where urban parks are part of the solution. And we speak at an international and local level in direct support of our members - whether setting global standards, advocating the benefits of urban parks, or supporting a funding bid, a campaign, or professional development. 

World Urban Parks aspires to complement and attain the same level of recognition as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which represents protected areas on the world stage. To achieve this, we will build membership to levels where we are truly representative of the diverse international urban parks, open space and recreation community. We will act as a umbrella to national associations and connect park agencies, non-governmental organisations, universities, research institutes, business, community groups, individuals and allied sectors such as health, tourism, and resource management.