Real estate hot spot wins global park award
Sydney’s Centennial Park is not only a real estate hot spot but now also boasts an internationally acclaimed public park.
That’s because Centennial Parklands has been recognised for its world-leading urban park management of Centennial Park, winning the coveted GOLD award for Australia in World Urban Parks inaugural 2018 International Large Urban Parks Awards.
Centennial Park is not only one of the country’s best known and beloved parks, but one of its most historic. Originally a swamp that was set aside as land for the water source for Sydney, it was reconstructed as a public park and opened in 1888. Now visited by millions annually, it’s considered a grand-scale urban inner-city park situated in the densely populated eastern suburbs.
“It is wonderful to see Centennial Park and its team recognised universally as Australia’s leading urban park,” the Minister for Environment, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton says. “The Parklands make a significant contribution to the quality, understanding and enjoyment of life to Sydneysiders, domestic and international visitors and I applaud this achievement.”
Parks help create vibrant cities and healthy communities
Centennial Park was recognised for its well managed and protected mix of rich nature, well-preserved heritage and provision of a broad range of activities in cooperation with the community.
The International Large Urban Parks Awards recognise the quality of international parks, the skills of the people who manage them and the value they bring to the cities they serve. They enable cities around the world to benchmark their performance and understand where improvements can be made.
“The team behind managing and caring for the long-term strategy and day-to-day operations of Centennial Park strive to deliver sustainable and world-leading parklands so to be acknowledged and benchmarked against other parks around the world is a dream come true,” says Centennial Parklands’ acting executive director George Salouros.
As the world urban population is predicted to double from 3.5 billion to over 7 billion in the next 40 years, Chair of World Urban Parks Gil Penalosa says it is 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,” she epxlains. “I congratulate all of the recipients.”
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Now in its 130th year, Centennial Park features formal and decorative gardens, ponds, grand avenues, statues and monuments, historic buildings, NSW’s first children’s’ “wild play” garden, education precinct, equestrian grounds and sporting facilities.