Calgary, AB,

Calgary will host the world in 2017

Recreation is pleased to announce that The City of Calgary has been chosen to host the Triennial International Play Association World Conference in 2017.

“We are excited to be selected to host the conference and assist the International Play Association (IPA) Canada to promote the value of play in Canadian communities,” said Kurt Hanson, Director of Recreation for The City of Calgary. “Play is a vital component for maximizing the growth and development of children and improves the quality of life for families and communities. This is indeed an honour.”

The 2017 conference will bring together members from nearly 50 countries to exchange ideas and inspire action about play. The conference will be the catalyst to mobilize Calgary to address and support the child’s right to play and build a legacy of play in our city. This is aligned with Recreation’s mandate which is to provide programs and services designed to create supportive, fun and inclusive environments that develop physical, creative and cultural/social literacy. Integral to this approach are play opportunities.

“I know I am speaking on behalf of the IPA members worldwide that  when I say that we are delighted to be coming to Calgary In 2017 to celebrate the IPA 20th World conference,” said Theresa Casey, President IPA world. “We were incredibly impressed by the quality of the bid and the exciting prospect it holds for play and the world wide momentum for article 31 of the UN convention, on the rights of the child.”

The International Play Association World conference in 2017 will enhance our connections to the Canadian and International play community and help Calgary to become an advocate for Children’s rights.

More information about the 2017 Triennial International Play Association Conference will be posted on