World Parks Day is held on 20 September across the globe. What is it, and why do parks need a ‘day’?
A few years ago Centennial Parklands hosted a visit by Steve Coleman, Executive Director of Washington Parks and People. During a talk he said: ‘Cities without parks have no limbs to play, no lungs to breathe, no mind to wonder, no heart to live, and no spirit to soar.’
These words perfectly capture the role of Centennial Parklands.
On World Parks Day
World Parks Day is a day for us all to pause for a moment to recognise the role parks play in our everyday life:
Urban parks and green spaces have been where people from all societies and cultures have congregated to celebrate, mourn, reflect, connect and enjoy the achievements of their communities.
Urban parks educate, protect, are venues for recreation, are means by which we connect with nature and connect with our neighbours and communities in modern and urbanised society.
They replenish our air and water and they protect or provide safe havens in cities from natural events. They define what a civil society is and they define what a liveable city is.
What does this mean for us?
In short, we need parks.
But parks also need us.
Without people, parks are incomplete. They would simply be spaces or voids between the life around them. Instead, people complete the picture. They add a vibrancy, a colour, a life to these spaces. We are connected to these places physically, sensorily and emotionally. At its opening, Centennial Park was dubbed: “the People’s Park”. It was then, it still is today.
Want to celebrate World Parks Day?
We don’t need planned celebrations, World Parks Day should simply be your excuse to get outdoors and reconnect with parks and nature around you. How?
Here’s some inspiration for you…
With apologies to anyone with any poetic inclination.
Centennial Parklands – come play!
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