International Large Urban Parks Award 2019

World Urban Parks is delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Large Urban Parks Awards - 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

 

Gold

 

Chapultepec Bosque in Mexico City (Mexico) 

 

...is awarded Gold. In the largest conurbation in the Americas the park offers a 7 square km green lung to millions of people. By citizens' and city engagement it is now well on its way to be restored to its full potential providing recreation, culture, history, and biodiversity.

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Silver

 

Shakespear Regional Park, Auckland (New Zealand)

 

...is awarded Silver. A peri-urban park, it offers the residents of Auckland, the most populous urban area in New Zealand, easy access to a large nature reserve with rich biodiversity in close proximity to the city. Well protected and managed vegetation and wild life - in cooperation with Maori representatives - trails, beaches and lodging provide urbanites with nature experiences and recreation.

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Bronze

 

Penang City Park, Georgetown (Malaysia)

 

...is awarded Bronze. it is a well-equipped and well managed large park on the outskirts of the city, full of amenities for all ages. It provides sports and play opportunities in a well-groomed green surrounding. NGOs take an active part in arranging events in the park.

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Bronze

 

Queen's Park, Invercargill (New Zealand)

 

...is awarded Bronze. It is a city park, centrally located in the town, providing strolling opportunities in a series of gardens with various themes. A large part of the park holds a gold course. 

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Honorary Recognition

 

Hasan Celal Guzel Millet Bahcesi, Gaziantep (Turkey)

 

...receives an Honorary Recognition for providing the citizens of Gaziantep, Turkey, a full range of sports facilities, centrally located in the city.

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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.”

“I am pleased to announce the 2019 International Large Urban Parks Awards and congratulate all the recipients. “

Neil McCarthy
CEO World Urban Parks

“The Awards highlight best practice in urban park management with leading examples from Mexcico - Chapultepec Bosque (Mexico City) and from New Zealand – Shakespear Regional Park (Auckland)”

"These 2019 awards reflect the global importance of Urban Parks - spaces that help with health, the environment and community cohesion.  I congratulate each of the winners for all they do to make their cities more liveable”

Richard Murray
Jury Chair
International Large Urban Parks Award

For  further information contact: office@worldurbanparks.org
Download the press release here.


Step #1: Both members and non-members of World Urban Parks can participate in the 2019 International Large Urban Parks Award. Please follow these steps to apply! If you have any questions during the award process please do not hesitate to reach out to the Secretariat Coordinator at office@worldurbanparks.org . We look forward to a diverse set of 2019 applicants!

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 May 30th 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: Complete the Online Application Form Survey for the Award. You can save your application so you don't need to complete in one sitting (see top banner on right side to save)

Step #4: Complete the checklist form below 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: 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.

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: 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: Mary Worrall

Mary is Senior Manager Parks, Coast & Countryside at Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council in England. She is Responsible for management of Wirral’s parks system including Birkenhead Park and 240 other parks and gardens. Mary has been a Green Flag and Green Heritage judge since 2004 and before moving to the Wirral chaired London’s Parks and Greenspaces Forum. Mary has spent time living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia whilst completing her Doctorate in public parks skills development.