Statement from Gil Penalosa, World Urban Parks Chair
We are proud and delighted to announce World Urban Parks has chosen the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) to take over our Secretariat responsibilities. Through a tender process, ARPA presented the winning proposal, and the best capacity to support World Urban Parks through the next three years of exciting growth opportunities.
We congratulate ARPA CEO Bill Wells and his team, and look forward to a vibrant and productive relationship for all involved.
Everyone at World Urban Parks would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the New Zealand Recreation Association for its commitment to providing World Urban Parks secretariat services through its establishment and early development phase from 2015-2017.
NZRA provided a unique and important contribution to World Urban Parks, getting us going in the early days and now with our feet firmly planted for the next phase of growth. A special thanks goes to NZRA CEO Andrew Leslie and team at NZRA, particularly Administrator Kusum Nathu, former Senior Administrator Katie McCrae, Administration Manager Harmoney Jackson, Communications Executive Fraser May, and Web Developer Mike Henton.
Starting from August 1, 2017 the Secretariat will be provided by assigned staff of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association based in Edmonton, Canada. Our CEO, Dr. Digby Whyte will coordinate the transfer.
APRA has a diverse membership and proven ability to forge unique partnerships across diverse sectors. We are very excited to have their expertise and leadership supporting our mission at World Urban Parks.