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.

Now a Global Competition

ULI Urban Open Space Award 2015 submissions open on November 17, 2014

Register for the 2015 Award

2014 Winner: Klyde Warren Park in Dallas

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 the four finalists:

ULI Urban Open Space Award through the Years: A Comprehensive Listing of Winners and finalists since 2010

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About the Award

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, the MetLife Foundation, and the ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award through 2014. For 2015 the Urban Land Institute reaffirmed its commitment to continue supporting the award, and announced it as a program now open to global submissions.


The winner of the ULI Urban Open Space Award receives a commemorative plaque and is recognized in an awards ceremony held in conjunction with ULI’s Fall Meeting. A $10,000 cash prize is awarded to support the individual or organization most responsible for the regular upkeep and/or creation of the winning open space project. Further recognition includes press releases and announcements in Urban Land magazine and on ULI.org.


Eligible projects must:

  • Be located in an urbanized area;
  • Have been open to the public at least one year and no more than 15 years;
  • Be predominantly outdoors and inviting to the public;
  • Be a lively gathering space, providing abundant and varied seating, sun and shade, and trees and plantings, with attractions and features that offer many different ways for visitors to enjoy the space;
  • Be used intensively on a daily basis, and act as a destination for a broad spectrum of users throughout the year;
  • Have a positive economic impact on its surroundings;
  • Promote physical, social, and economic health of the larger community; and
  • Provide lessons, strategies, and techniques that can be used or adapted in other communities.

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Members of the jury serve in evaluating the ULI Urban Open Space Award and the ULI Global Awards for Excellence, applying the same rigorous procedure for each of these specific awards. Jury members are selected internationally to achieve regional balance and represent several facets of development expertise, including finance, architecture, land planning and development, public affairs, design, and professional services. Learn more.

Past Winners

Klyde Warren Park — 2014 Urban Open Space Winner


Kylde Warren Park Dallas was one of the 2014 Urban Open Space finalists.

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The Parks and Waterfront at Southeast False Creek — 2013 Urban Open Space Award Winner

The Village on False Creek

The Village at False Creek in Vancouver was one of two winners of the 2013 Urban Open Space…

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Yards Park — 2013 Urban Open Space Award Winner

Yards Park

The Yards Park in Washington, D.C., is one of two winners of the 2013 Urban Open Space Award.

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Railroad Park — 2012 Urban Open Space Award Winner

Rail Road Park

Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama occupies the historical seam created by a rail viaduct that bisects downtown. The…

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Citygarden — 2011 Urban Open Space Award Winner

Spray Plaza at Night

Citygarden, a 2.9-acre richly landscaped sculpture garden and park that has altered the perception of the city’s downtown…

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Campus Martius — 2010 Urban Open Space Award Winner

UOSA 2010 Winner -- Campus Martius (alternate)

Campus Martius Park has become the heart of downtown Detroit’s development story and its signature public space. The…

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ULI Urban Open Space Award: Winners and Finalists Through the Years

A complete list of winners and finalists since the award's inception in 2010.

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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

2014 Finalists

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