Parks and Natural Areas Awards

H-GAC established the Parks and Natural Areas awards program in 2006 to highlight best practices and innovative approaches to parks planning and implementation. H-GAC honors projects in the categories of Projects Over $500,000, Projects Under $500,000, Planning Process and Policy Tools, and Programming.

This program recognizes outstanding parks and natural areas around the region. No funding is associated with this award program.

2021 Awards Program

The 2021 Parks and Natural Areas Awards application period is now closed. The application guide is available as a reference.

New This Year

  • The Planning Process and Policy Tools categories have been combined into a single category

  • The Programming category was added for hands-on, interactive or passive environmental education programs

Applications closed at Thursday, September 30, 2021, by 5 p.m.  We anticipate applications will re-open for the next awards in September 2022.

We will recognize 2021 winners during a special ceremony in early 2022.

2020 Awards Program

The 2020 Parks and Natural Areas Winners were honored on Friday, February 5, 2021, at an online awards ceremony.

Parks and Natural Areas Awards Winners

Since its inception, H-GAC's Parks and Natural Areas Awards have recognized outstanding practices across the Houston-Galveston region. With nearly 200 entries since 2006, the projects serve as models for the rest of the region to consider.

Download Parks and Natural Areas Award Winners List

View Interactive Map of Parks and Natural Areas Award Recipients