The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) is proud to announce the winners of its second annual Greening and Public Realm Awards. A recognition program initiated by the DID’s Greening and Public Realm Committee, the awards were established to pay tribute to community greening champions in Downtown Minneapolis, and to demonstrate how both small and large greening and public realm projects can transform our environment.
The Greening and Public Realm Awards recognize property owners, businesses, and community groups who have created and maintained public green spaces that help to enhance Downtown Minneapolis. The program honored twenty winners at an award ceremony on May 6, 2013.
“The last US census showed that more people live in cities today (80.7%) than at any time in our history. And in Minneapolis, our fastest growing neighborhood is downtown, where we plan to add 35,000 residents by 2025. Unlike our world-class park system that weaves thru our city’s neighborhoods, downtown is lacking in parks and green space to support these new residents.” said David Wilson, Managing Partner at Accenture and Chair of the DID Greening and Public Realm Committee. “Fortunately, our community is proactively planning new downtown parks and the renovation of existing public realm amenities to make sure that our city competes successfully for new residents, jobs and visitors. These 3rd Annual Greening and Public Realm Awards celebrate outstanding examples of downtown greening, and are intended to inspire all of us to work towards making downtown a greener and more vibrant place.”
The DID Greening Committee nominated and recognized places that were exemplary in categories ranging from large to small.
Target Plaza South Entry: Target Corporation & Tangletown Gardens
Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar
D’Amico Partners: Masa & Café Lurcat
Minneapolis Convention Center
North 4th Ave Playground - Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
MCTC Fine Arts Plaza - Minneapolis Community and Technical College & LHB Inc.
Ryan Companies US, Inc. on behalf of Franklin Street Properties and Plants By Design
Lunds Hennepin Parking Lot & Rain Garden
MCTC Urban Farm Collective
Campbell Mithun Tower and Lyndale Plant Services
Lyon's Pub & Hearts and Flowers
Loring Greenway Association
The Encore Award is presented to those entities that have exhibited exemplary contribution to the environment of downtown consistently, year after year.We thank them for their continued excellence and dedication to enhancing the downtown public realm.
In 2012 the Encore Award winners were:
The Local & Your Enchanted Florist
Cancer Survivors Park - Marquette Plaza
Assisi on 9th - St. Olaf Catholic Church
Brit's Pub and Vincent A Restaurant