World Urban Parks has announced 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.
- How are nominees submitted and rated?
- Are World Urban Parks members also members of the IUCN?
- What were the attributes of the winners that captured the judges’ attention?
- Are video presentations from the World Urban Parks online?
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.
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
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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