World Parks Academy

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  • WPA - Parks and Public Health Issue Mitigation: A Case Study

    This course is designed for park and public agency employees who are responsible for public health and safety in parks. A smoke-free playground issue will be covered.

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  • Whitewater Recreation 101

    Scott Shipley and Scott Martin each have a variety of experiences in the development and programming of whitewater recreation amenities across the US. The intent of this program is to familiarize park professionals with the activity, present the latest developments in the industry relating to amenity design and recreational use patterns, and explore the conditions that make for successful whitewater activity integration into park and recreation systems, particularly in urban settings.

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  • Urban Green Space Challenges: Contributions of the French Technical Center Plante & Cité

    This webinar will provide an introduction to Plante & Cité, France’s research-based center for landscape and urban horticulture. Ludovic Provost will present case studies on a variety of research topics relating to urban green space challenges and solutions in France. Findings from Plante & Cité’s research will illustrate how technical benchmarking can help professionals’ to reach best practices and inspire park agencies worldwide.

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  • The Augmented Reality of running a Digital Playground

    The New Zealand start-up Geo AR Games officially launched their Augmented Reality Playgrounds in March 2016 and has since then worked with over 100 councils to get kids off the couch and physically active outside through Mobile AR games. As one of the world’s 1st outdoor AR pioneers the founder and CEO Melanie Langlotz has got some stories to share, which will help game developers, park authorities or anyone looking at Urban gaming options understand the risks, hurdles and ideas for a new business model to get the community active outside.

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  • Sustainability Planning for Large Urban Parks: Case Study Parque Del Agua, Zaragoza-Spain

    Parque del Agual was established in Zaragoza, Spain as part of the 2008 Water and Sustainable Development International Expo. Built on 140 hectares of unused, abandoned cropland and bordered by canals, Parque del Agua is one of the largest parks in Spain and attracts visitors from all over the world.

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  • Strategies for Creating Large Canopied Trees in Urban Areas

    Trees are as important as ever in our growing cities – the need to provide large canopied shade trees to cool cities is important. Providing adequate root volumes to allow large healthy trees to grow without infrastructure conflicts is also important.

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  • Social and Health Benefits of Parks

    In this session participants will learn about the impacts of urbanization on communities’ physical and social health around the world. Using case studies from Johannesburg, South Africa, and from other international locations, this webinar will provide examples of the challenges park managers face during an era of rapid urbanization and population growth. Participants will gain knowledge of strategies used to maximize social and physical health benefits to communities.

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  • Professional Development: A Look at WPA Certification and Process

    This previously recorded one-hour webcast is designed for park and public agency employees who are interested in obtaining the Certified Park Professional (CPP) or Certified International Park Professional (CIPP) credential.

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  • Parks and Public Art: Highlighting the Intrinsic Qualities of Parks and Public Spaces

    In this webcast participants will learn to think about green space as a canvas; a piece of art where people can interact with everyday landscape in a new and temporary way. Ralf Witthaus, International Land-Artist based in Germany, will provide examples from the Federal Lawn Show in Cologne and other lawnmower drawings to teach a creative and alternative approach to incorporate art in public parks.

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  • Lighting

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    Lighting enhances, extends and promotes the use of parks and public places after dark. The way we light our parks can have serious effects on public perception of safety and can cause negative effects on people and the environment.

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  • Identifying Our Community Needs - “What Should We Do?”

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    Being in tune with community needs drives successful agencies. However, there is more to it than the “build it and they will come” philosophy.

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  • History of Parks: Conceptual Justification for Developing and Maintaining Parks

    This recorded webcast is designed for park and public agency employees who are interested in the history of parks. The session will include historical details, drawings and photographs of the people and places who make up the story, their objectives, successes and failures.

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  • Green Heritage Amenities and contributions to society: Review of scientific evidences and shared values to cultivate green spaces

    Plant & City is the French national center for research and experiments on green spaces and urban landscaping. Established as an association (nonprofit organization), it currently has more than 500 members (local authorities, landscaping firms, design offices, research and training establishments, etc.). Learn More
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  • Future of Spaces and Places in Cities

    This is an opportunity to hear from and engage with two keynote speakers from the World Urban Parks' Congress in Melbourne earlier this year. Learn about how the thinking of parks and cities is developing. Hear from Daniel Raven-Ellison as he explains what a National Park City is and describe how this big idea could transform life in cities. He'll describe why and how London is becoming the world's first National Park City before inviting participants to join an international conversation about the future of the concept. Learn how World Urban Parks, from Chair Jayne Miller, is addressing the pressing global impact and challenges that urban growth and density will have on our parks, leisure and sport and people's well being, specifically the outcomes of the International Parks & Leisure Congress from the Melbourne Statement.

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  • Developing an Outstanding Urban Green structure. A Norwegian Best Practice Example

    This previously recorded one-hour webcast is designed for park and public agency employees who are interested in obtaining the Certified Park Professional (CPP) or Certified International Park Professional (CIPP) credential.

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  • Children Play and Nature Policy to Practice

    The webinar will introduce and launch the new Children Play and Nature Policy developed by World Urban Parks. Three members of the Standing Committee will inspire participants through the sharing of their projects.

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