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City of Rio, with Parque Rita Lee, is a finalist in an international award that promotes the environment

Photo Fabio Motta
Rita Lee Park is under construction within the Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park – Fabio Motta/Rio City Hall

The municipality of Rio de Janeiro is one of the finalists in the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024, an international award with the participation of the main cities in the world, which develop bold and ambitious actions related to the environment and urban sustainability. The honor, granted by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), brought together 21 relevant projects, distributed in seven categories, and Parque Rita Lee, under construction in the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca, is among the competitors in Green Living for Infrastructure Urban Infrastructure and Liveability, together with initiatives in Baia Mare (Romania) and São Paulo.

AIPH is an association that brings together thousands of flower and ornamental plant producers around the world to encourage greenery in people's daily lives. The award is the first and only one with a global reach, aimed at cities with a focus on nature in urban environments. The competition opens for registration every two years to recognize the role of municipal authorities committed to the theme. The objective is to celebrate public initiatives that use green to create better urban environments and satisfy economic, social and environmental resilience.

The finalists, coming from countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Germany, the United States and Australia, were selected by a technical group of 28 members. In addition to the Living Green for Urban Infrastructure and Habitability category, projects were selected in the areas of Living Green for Biodiversity and Restoration of Urban Ecosystems, Living Green for Climate Change, Living Green for Health and Well-being, Living Green for Water, Living Green for Social Cohesion and Inclusive Communities and Living Green for Urban Agriculture and Food Systems.

The list of finalists will be handed over to a world-renowned jury, who will choose the seven winners. The award ceremony will take place at a gala dinner, on September 25th this year, during the Future Green City World Congress, in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

In addition to Rio and São Paulo, Curitiba and Belo Horizonte are also finalists. Find out more about the awards at AIPH website.

Rita Lee Park

Construction work on Parque Rita Lee began in February 2023. As foreseen in Rio City Hall's legacy plan, it will be an area of 36 thousand square meters, transformed into a natural public park. Athletes and fans from the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games have passed through the venue and, in recent years, audiences at Rock in Rio editions.

The new park, which pays homage to the queen of Brazilian rock, who passed away in May 2023 at the age of 75, will be located on a route that connects all the main areas of the Olympic Park, such as the arenas, terraces and the “Live Site”, an esplanade intended for events in front of Jacarepaguá Lagoon. The space will gain a forest with more than 900 trees and 16 thousand shrubs, sports courts, squares, renovation of the skate park, wet square and colorful floors. There will also be new urban furniture, such as 465 tables and chairs, 27 children's toys, 14 exercise equipment and 14 bicycle racks.

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