Shakespear Regional Park has been recognised as one of the best parks in the world by winning Silver in the 2019 International Large Urban Parks Awards.
The awards programme, hosted by the World Urban Parks organisation, began last year – that year, Auckland Domain won Bronze.
The awards, run by an organisation called World Urban Parks, acknowledges the global importance of urban parks for health, the environment and strengthening communities.
Criteria included design, facilities, protection, community involvement, management and maintenance.
Judges described the regional park as having well-protected and managed vegetation, wildlife, trails and beaches, and providing people with opportunities to experience nature through onsite holiday accommodation and recreation activities.
Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society chair Peter Jackson says the award is a very pleasing acknowledgement of all the hard work that has gone into developing the park. “For me, though, the most credit goes to the former Regional Council for their foresight in buying and reserving the land for this purpose,” Peter says.