International Large Urban Parks Award 2022

World Urban Parks have launched the 2022 International Large Urban Parks Awards in April 2022 - recognizing the quality of the Parks, the skills of the people who manage them and the value they bring to the cities they serve.  

As the world urban population will double from 3.5 billion to over 7.0 billion in the next 40 years it is this important to support the development of parks and open spaces as critical elements in creating vibrant cities and healthy communities. The International Large Urban Parks Award program is an important element in the promotion of the benefits of urban parks around the world and to highlight best practice within our industry.

The International Large Urban Parks Award enables Cities around the world to benchmark their performance and understand where improvements could be made.  The Awards are based on 4 main criteria which are:

  • Park Design and Layout
  • Features and Facilities
  • Protection and Community Engagement and Involvement
  • Park Management and Maintenance

The Awards are given in three Categories:

  • Gold Award ≥ 800 Points
  • Silver Award 650 – 799 Points
  • Bronze Award 500 – 649 Points

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“It is an exciting time, as the world urban population will double from 3.5 billion to over 7.0 billion in the next 40 years and therefore it is this important to support the development of parks and open spaces as critical elements in creating vibrant cities and healthy communities. The International Large Urban Parks Award program is an important element in the promotion of the benefits of urban parks around the world and to highlight best practice within our industry.” 

Neil McCarthy
CEO World Urban Parks 

For further information contact: [email protected]


Step #1: Both members and non-members of World Urban Parks can participate in the 2022 International Large Urban Parks Award. Please familiarize yourself with the steps below before applications become available April 2022. If you have any questions during the award process please do not hesitate to reach out to the Secretariat Coordinator at [email protected] .

Step #2: Read through the criteria for the award application  - Click to Download. *Please note. All documents must be submitted in English and the application fee must be received by the deadline of May 31, 2022 to be in good standing order with your application. We will be following up with you to process the application fee ($550 NZD for World Urban Park Members, $800 NZD for non-members).

Step #3: Completion of the Online Application Form Survey for the Award will be required. You will be able to save your application so you don't need to complete it in one sitting.

Step #4: Complete the checklist once you have completed and submitted your full survey form in Step #3.

Step #5: World Urban Parks will be in touch with you to confirm your application and to process the application fee and provide any additional information you may require.


Meet the Jury: Ahmad Anuar

Ahmad Nazrin Aris Anuar is from Malaysia. He works as Senior Lecturer/Head at Centre of Studies for Park and Amenity Management, Faculty of Architecture Planning and Surveying at the University of Technology MARA. He has a Phd in Development Science (Tourism Management) from National University of Malaysia. Previously he has worked for Environment Executives at Putrajaya Holdings which handle many projects for Putrajaya development such as Government Building, School, Landscaping, Park and amenities. He has been a member of WUP since 2017.

Meet the Jury: Jenny Moodley

Jenny Moodley is the General Manager responsible for Intergovernmental relations and advocacy in the City of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been working in local government for over three decades and is responsible for the award-winning Greening Soweto and XtremePark initiatives, aiming at fostering community ownership and civic pride. She is a fully accredited Municipal Systems Officer and certified in Public Sector Communications and continues to act as the Spokesperson for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. Her exposure at the international Liveable Communities Awards and to the United Nations greening programme has helped forge multi-sector collaborations with various governments and its entities; the private sector; with media; institutions such as the International Federation of Landscape Architects; World Urban Parks and at a grassroots-level with residents. Building strong, meaningful and resilient community partnerships to create vibrant, safe and clean spaces is her passion.

Meet the Jury: Eric Tamulonis

Eric Tamulonis is a landscape architect whose career has focused on planning and designing public parks and open spaces. Grounded in the conviction that parks are among the great cultural achievements of society, his work includes national, state, city and community parks and open space systems in diverse urban and natural environments in the United States. Tamulonis' projects have been recognized with national and regional awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, and National Park Service. A board member of the City Parks Alliance, he is devoted to advancing the current state of practice in public parks through international, national and local organizations. He has lectured internationally and written on the subjects of parks and environmentally-focused campus design.

Meet the Jury: Lilia Haua Miguel

Lilia Haua Miguel is the Director of the Pro Bosque de Chapultepec Trust; an organization formally stablished in 2003, product of a private venture wholly devoted to raising funds and collaborate with Chapultepec Park skateholders to address sustainability and accessibility needs in the park.

She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree by the Universidad Iberoamericana where she graduated with honors and an a specialization in finance. In 2019 she joined the the International Chamber of Commerce, ICC Mexico as Vice President of the Environment Commission.

For over 12 years in the Trust, her vision, tenacity and leadership lead her to manage and collect efficienly and transparently more than 552 million pesos, that had been invested in several programs, studies, projects and rehabilitation works of the main lung of Mexico's capital: the Chapultepec Park

Meet the Jury: Richard Murray

Richard is a PhD in Macro Economics and has worked for 27 years with the Swedish Agency for Public Management with public administration issues. He started a green party in Stockholm in 1979 and served on the City council and various boards for 11 years. Since 1993 he heads Ekoparken Association, an umbrella for 50 NGOs that guard and support the Royal National City park in Stockholm. The park was created by parliamentary law in 1995 after successful lobbying. Together with WWF Sweden he in 2015 arranged a conference in Stockholm - Large Parks in Large Cities with representatives from 26 countries. 2016 Ekoparken Association joined WUP. Richard serves as Co-chair of Large Urban Parks Committe for WUP.

Meet the Jury: Tim Geyer

Tim has a Bachelor Degree in Urban Horticulture and is a Certified International Parks Professional. He has 40 years´ experience in local government in Australia, in strategic, financial and operational management of the Parks, Urban Landscapes and Recreational services. Experiences include bushland management, redevelopment and preservation of heritage listed sites, development of major sporting complexes and revitalisation of CBDs and Urban Spaces. His present position is Service Manager - Urban Landscapes at Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council in Canberra, Australia. Tim also serves as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee – Older Adults in Parks, for WUP.

International Large Urban Parks Award Tech Sponsor

We are working together with Marmak to create a tool that will allow us to run aggregate reports on parks from around the world and share with you emerging trends from around the world. Look for an official announcement during Parks Week (April 24th to May 2nd). This Park Audit tool will be built into RFAM a recreation management software designed to help recreation managers track asset inventory, do inspections and work orders, improve budgeting/ forecasting and so much more. All World Urban Park’s members grew access to the inventory module FREE of charge. If you want to improve how you manage your parks, contact Marmak today to learn more!

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