“Each finalist encourages communities to stay and actively participate, enlivening their neighborhoods and tightening the fabric of their cities.”
M. Leanne Lachman,
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.
Six finalist projects have been recognized in the global 2015 Urban Open Space Award competition.
The six were selected from an impressive collection of entries, representing urban areas from across the globe. The winning project is scheduled to be announced at the ULI Fall Meeting, set for October 5–8, 2015, in San Francisco, California. A $10,000 cash prize will be awarded to the individual or organization most responsible for the creation of the winning open space project.
The 2015 Urban Open Space Award finalists are:
- Marina Bay in Singapore
- Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois
- Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Thousand Lantern Lake Park System in Foshan, Guangdong, China
- Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square in Santa Monica, California
- Washington Canal Park in Washington, D.C.
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.