Urban Open Space Award


“Each finalist encourages communities to stay and actively participate, enlivening their neighborhoods and tightening the fabric of their cities.”

M. Leanne Lachman,
jury chair

The Urban Open Space Award celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community.

The award was created through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, New York City planning commissioner and 2009 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

In 2011, the Kresge Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award.

Now a Global Competition

For 2015, the Urban Land Institute reaffirmed its commitment to the award and announced it would expand the program to global submissions.

The 2015 submissions period is closed. Finalists will be announced in late May, and winners during the ULI Fall Meeting in October.

2014 Winner

Klyde Warren Park, a 5.2-acre deck park built over a recessed freeway in Texas, was awarded the 2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award for bridging the downtown Dallas cultural district with burgeoning mixed-use neighborhoods, reshaping the city and catalyzing economic development.

Learn more about Klyde Warren Park and view all winners and finalists since 2010.

2014 Finalists

Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile—2014 Urban Open Space Finalist

Free For All Concert Series Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile was one of the 2014 Urban Open Space Award finalists.

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Guthrie Green—2014 Urban Open Space Finalist


Guthrie Green Tulsa was one of the 2014 Urban Open Space finalists.

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The Railyard Park and Plaza—2014 Urban Open Space Finalist


The Railyard Park and Plaza was one of the 2014 Urban Open Space finalists.

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Washington Park — 2014 Urban Open Space Finalist


Washington Park was one of the 2014 Urban Open Space Award finalists.

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2015 Schedule

November 2014: Applications open.
March 16, 2015: Submissions deadline.
May/June 2015: Finalists announced.
June–August 2015: Site visits by jury rep.

Winners Announced: Fall Meeting in San Francisco, October 6–9, 2015

For additional information, e-mail awards@uli.org.

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