Parks of the World

Showcasing the World's Parks

Parks of the world feature parks and park programs from around the world, showcasing significant parks and best practices in a monthly feature in the World Urban Parks e-newsletter, World Park News. 

If you would like to contribute information of interest on your park or park program to be featured in Parks of the World, please contact the Secretariat at

Centennial Park - A Park like no other

Centennial Park is not only one of Australia's best known and loved parks, but one of its most historic. It is a grand-scale urban inner-city park situated in Sydney’s densely populated eastern suburbs. The Park is a beautiful natural landscape surrounded by a sandstone ridge. It was created in the 19th Century Victorian era and has since been enhanced through many improvements over the years. Now over 130 years old, Centennial Park is visited by millions annually and features formal and decorative gardens, ponds, grand avenues, statues and monuments, historic buildings, a children’s’ “wild play” garden, education precinct, equestrian grounds and sporting facilities. In 2018, Centennial Park received its GOLD star of approval by the World Urban Parks Congress and is now the only park in the southern hemisphere to hold this award – and here is why.

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The Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

Winning the Large Urban Parks Gold Award has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that is magical about this historic people’s park. The Phoenix Park extends to over 700 hectares and represents a unique natural and cultural landscape that is both a historic park and an urban park enjoyed by over 10 million visitors annually.  Commenting on the award Kevin Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief in Ireland said, “Huge congratulations to the OPW team at the Phoenix Park who work tirelessly to ensure it is a wonderful tranquil space in the heart of the City. This award puts the Phoenix Park on the world stage and showcases Dublin as a green city with the Park providing invaluable health, recreational and environmental benefits for so many communities”.  This international award has endorsed the OPW management ethos for the Phoenix Park and I would recommend other organisations to consider entering the LUP Awards. The media and PR opportunities have been tremendous and have given us many new opportunities to promote Parks within both our own organisation and other government bodies in the state and more importantly with the public.

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