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 2012 Winner of this Award is Railroad Park, which is located in Birmingham, Alabama within the ULI Atlanta District Council..
Thursday, November 14th, Faron Hill, on behalf of ULI Atlanta presented Award to William Bell, the Mayor of Birmingham, at a public gathering at the park with several activities, organized by the recipient the Railroad Park Foundation. Faron is a native of Birmingham with long-time, personal ties to the Park.
The Urban Open Space 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, MetLife Foundation, and the ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award through 2014. 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 the individual or organization most responsible for the creation of the winning open space project. Further recognition includes press releases and announcements in Urban Land magazine and on ULI.org. Members of the ULI Awards Jury 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.
Railroad Park occupies the historical seam created by a rail viaduct that bisects downtown. The new topography integrates the train experience with a variety of new open space activities, which help organize and stimulate growth in the southern part of downtown, while promoting connections north of the railroad. Twitter Updates from Railroad Park include: