World Urban Parks will provide international recognition of efforts by individuals, groups, and organisations to further park, open space, and recreation outcomes for citizens and the profession with a series of annual awards.
The first such award is the most prestigious individual award, the World Urban Parks Distinguished Individual Award.
The 2016 award was announced at the Gala Dinner of the World Urban Parks Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 27 September 2016, with the award going to Neil McCarthy of Australia (see presentation here). The recipient receives a trophy and Honorary Membership of World Urban Parks.
Purpose and Criteria
To internationally recognise a significant or sustained contribution by an individual to furthering:
1. urban liveability and sustainability through parks, open, space, recreation and related endeavours
2. advancing the parks, open space and recreation industry through advocacy, development or leadership in related professional or peak organisations
2016 Neil McCarthy (Australia), 2nd World Urban Parks Congress, Cape Town, South Africa
2015 Dr Christy Boylan (Ireland), 1st World Urban Parks Congress, Ponte de Lima, Portugal