The £34m of grants will transform the sites, all of which have heritage significance. Disused historic buildings will be restored and used as new cafes or public facilities, helping to attract more people and therefore more income.
Innovations include public wi-fi installed in Peel Park, Salford and plans to harness renewable energy from the mill pond at Victoria Park, Stafford.
HLF's chair Sir Peter Luff said: "We all benefit from spending time outside in the fresh air, so it's vital that we look after our green spaces, particularly in dense urban areas. National Lottery players' money will give a boost to each of these 16 historic places, helping make sure they have a great future."
To date, National Lottery money to the tune of £770million has been invested in parks since 1996.
The 16 parks and cemeteries receiving funding today are:
HLF/Big Lottery Fund joint grants in England
West Smethwick Park, Sandwell £4,830,700
Victoria Park, Stafford £1,705,100
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, West Norfolk £ 685,400
Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways £1,020,800
Springfield Park, Hackney £3,194,100
Thompson Park, Burnley £ 860,100
London Road Cemetery, Coventry £1,998,000
Chase Park, Gateshead £ 922,900
Peel Park, Salford £1,572,800
Winckley Square Gardens, Preston £ 942,600
Northwood Cemetery, Isle of Wight £1,685,100
Hanley Park, Stoke on Trent £4,579,300
HLF-only funded grants
Belfast Cemetery (earmarked funding) £1,852,800
Stornoway Castle grounds £3,903,600
Dean Castle Country Park, East Ayrshire £3,338,900
Wrexham Cemetery £1,190,000