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Welcome to the Narratives component of the Parks and Recreation Collection, a structured, open-access repository of contemporary and historical knowledge about parks and leisure in Australia, New Zealand and the western Pacific Islands.

The Collection has two main elements:

Document repository

PaRC includes a document library housed on the website of the peak industry body Parks and Leisure Australia. Collection criteria and contact details are explained on that site.

Narratives (this site, under development)

PaRC includes textual narratives explaining key themes in parks and leisure. Cascading from general to specific, eventually they will include variously concept summaries, subject summaries and geographic summaries. This element has been nick-named “An Australasian Wikipedia of Parks and Leisure”.

Contributions from practitioners and scholars willing to capture and summarise their knowledge are welcome – by adding a narrative on a new subject, by amending text of an existing narrative or by appending an observation or comment. Refer to the page Support the PaRC project for details.

Latest News

World Urban Parks Congress

World Urban Parks (WUP) in alliance with Asociación Nacional de Parques y Recreación de México (ANPR México), presents for the first time in the Americas WUP Congress, an event that represents the most important effort of WUP worldwide. The event will be held in Monterrey, México

from 14-18 November 2022

The call for abstracts aims to receive information on projects around the world that want to be presented at the World Congress of Urban Parks. This congress will be an in-person event with selected conferences and activities online.

Important dates

Limit to send proposals:  Abril 30st, 2022 at 11:59 (GMT-6)

Communication of results: May 2022

Parkland surrender

A draft Queensland-focused working paper on Parkland Surrendered at the Time of Subdivision includes formulae for taking land for public open space in developing localities. Planners and landscape designers who know of comparable (current or historical) documents from other jurisdictions or are willing to refine this draft are invited to contact A fee is payable for quality original writing.