Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…read more
Parks Forum ceases operations
The Parks Forum, the peak body representing major park management agencies in Australia and New Zealand, has apparently ceased operations.
A worsening financial situation and a failure to secure funding for research into projects on the benefits of public parks are believed to be behind the recent decision by Parks Forum board members to cease operations.
With a vision for a strong and vibrant parks industry, the Parks Forum sought to unite and provide leadership for the parks industry, assisting the industry to take up its role as a significant contributor to the health of society and environment, and also as an important sector in the economy.
Incorporated in 2004, the Parks Forum attracted major parks management agencies including Auckland Council; Parks Victoria; Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth and Centennial Parklands in Sydney.
However, hefty membership fees, in excess of $10,000 a year, and uncertainty over its role and relationships with existing parks management peak bodies including the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) were seen as a deterrent to membership.
In addition, the presence of a range of international organisations representing park management including the International Federation for Parks and Recreation Administation (IFPRA), Parks for Life and the World Urban Parks Organisation created a confusing picture for potential members and backers.
The Parks Forum also managed the Parks Week initiative and the Green Flag Awards in Australia and New Zealand and was one of the founding bodies of the International Urban Parks and Green Space Alliance (IUPGSA) - another international parks organisation. It also hosted biennial conferences, with its 2012 event in Adelaide and its 2010 event in Sydney.
While the Parks Forum’s website is no longer active, members are being consulted on future directions via email.
Related industry associations including IFPRA, NZRA and PLA are understood to currently be assessing taking on former Parks Forum projects.
Ian Walker, the Chair of the Parks Forum since 2012, has been contacted for comment but declined the opportunity to make an ‘on the record’ statement.
Do you know more about this story? Please contact email@example.com
Article amended 9.23am 13th November 2014.
20th August 2014 - WORLD URBAN PARKS ORGANISATION TO CHAMPION URBAN OPEN SPACE
21st May 2014 - PARKS FORUM WELCOMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE
9th January 2014 - OUTSTANDING PARKS RECOGNISED WITH INTERNATIONAL GREEN FLAG AWARD
27th July 2012 - REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GROWING IMPORTANCE OF URBAN GREEN SPACE
2nd April 2012 - MARK BAND APPOINTED PARKS AND LEISURE AUSTRALIA CHIEF EXECUTIVE
28th December 2011 - FOUNDATION CHIEF URGES AUSTRALIANS TO MAKE THE MOST OF ‘PARKS FOR PEOPLE’
10th May 2011 - PARKS ESSENTIAL FOR HUMAN HEALTH
27th August 2010 - END OF THE ROAD FOR SPORTS KNOWLEDGE AUSTRALIA
16th April 2010 - PARKS A KEY TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
27th June 2008 - PARKS FORUM HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF PARKS
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…read more
HQH Fitness is an international company that specialises in improving the health, fitness and wellness of people everywhere. We are the South Pacific distributors for Total Gym/GRAVITY Education and…read more
At EventPro Software, we are proudly different from our industry competitors. We have a development-driven culture and 20 years’ experience in event, venue, and catering management software,…read more
Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…read more
Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…read more
Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 25 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…read more
Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!