THE Phoenix Park has been honoured with a Gold award in a competition organised by World Urban Park based in Canada.
The OPW managed Northside park was one of only two in the world to receive a prestigious gold in the inaugural awards, along with Centennial Park, in Sydney, Australia.
The awards recognise the quality of parks across the globe, the skills of the people who manage them and the value they bring to the cities they serve.
Accepting the award on behalf of the OPW, Commissioner John McMahon said he was both delighted and proud to accept it on behalf of the people of Ireland.
He also praised the staff of the OPW who he said work to ensure Phoenix Park is maintained to the highest standards allowing it to be enjoyed and shared by the public.
“We look forward to continuing this tradition so that the Phoenix Park can be enjoyed by generations to come,” he added.
Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran congratulated the OPW team at Phoenix Park who he said work tirelessly to ensure it is a “wonderful tranquil space” in the heart of the city.
“This award puts Phoenix Park on the world stage and showcases Dublin as a green city with the park providing invaluable health, recreational and environmental benefits for so many communities,” he continued.
Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe and it attracts up to 10 million visitors every year.
The park is home to an abundance of flora and fauna including over 500 wild fallow deer as well as historic landscapes and monuments.
The OPW Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin Zoo, The Victorian Walled Garden and Áras an Uachtaráin are also all located within the park.
The International Large Urban Parks Award was created to allow cities around the world to benchmark their performance and understand where improvements can be made.