The World Urban Parks Europe Region has been working with the Large Urban Parks Committee to develop a World Urban Parks - Large Urban Parks Award. The Award will likely be in Gold, Silver and Bronze categories recognising the overall standard of the park against criteria that may include design, biodiversity, facilities, management, protection and public engagement.
A panel of World Urban Parks and International Federation of Landscape Architects representatives, facilitated by Kevin Halpenny, Deputy Chair for the Europe Region, assessed Birkenhead Park in the UK as a pilot to launch the award at the Word Europe Region Congress at Birkenhead Park. As an early public park, celebrating 170 years at the Congress, Birkenhead Park is thought to have influenced later park design and is appropriate to be considered for the inaugural award.
A workshop of the Large Urban Parks Committee and the judging panel will meet on Monday 16 October at the Congress to look at what has been learned from the pilot with a view to recommending the final award criteria and process for open award submissions in 2018. Richard Murray, Chair of the Large Urban Parks Committee, would like to see the award accessible and open to Large Urban Parks globally and have a process of the quality that will lend prestige to large urban parks that gain the award.