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  • Subject: [cg] the best community gardens, parks, plazas, greenways in North America
  • From: "Harriet Festing" hfesting@pps.org
  • Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 12:13:55 -0400
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  • Thread-topic: the best parks, plazas, greenways in North America

GREAT PARKS/GREAT CITIES AWARDS: Celebrating the best of America's urban
parks
http://pps.org/topics/gps/GPGC_awards
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Sponsored by Metropolis Magazine
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From the green to the groovy, the quintessential to the quirky, Project
for Public Spaces (PPS) will be honoring the best of American urban
parks through its 2003 Great Parks/Great Cities Awards.

The winners of the awards will be announced on Monday, June 23rd at a
special reception hosted by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., in honor of the
150th anniversary of Central Park, at its world headquarters in New York
City. 

The reception is part of the International Conference, "Great
Parks/Great Cities: Celebrating 150 Years of Central Park"
http://pps.org//GPGC/, which brings together over 450 leaders,
professionals and partners.

Leading personalities from the world of urban parks, city and downtown
management, and landscape architecture will judge the 100+ anticipated
entries. Nominations are open to parks, plazas, central squares and
greenways throughout North America. The award categories are:

GREAT PARKS/GREAT CITIES AWARD - for a major park or square in North
America that that has added significantly to the social, economic and
environmental health and well-being of that city. 

GREAT COMMUNITY PLACE AWARD - for a smaller park that, although not
necessarily well-known nationally, has become a nucleus of social
activity and revitalization in its community or neighborhood. 

CATALYST AWARD FOR URBAN PARK LEADERSHIP - for a person or organization
that has successfully evolved a park or other public space to meet the
needs of today's users, by involving the community, building stewardship
and making a park the setting for diverse community activities. 

BEST NEW PARK AWARD - for a new park (built in the last ten years) that
provides a model for the future, where the many functions of community
life can take place, where people feel ownership and a sense of pride,
and where public space acts as a true common ground. 

YOUTH INVOLVEMENT AWARD - for an individual, or group of young people
who have improved their communities by turning their spaces around. The
award will provide inspiration to other youth who are working to make a
difference, and trying to create public places that are comfortable for
them and their peers.
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NOMINATING YOUR PARK
Anyone can nominate a park for an award http://pps.org/gps/suggest. For
the Leadership and Youth Awards, e-mail Harriet Festing with a 200- to
300-word explanation of why you believe the nominee should win the
award.

Nominated spaces must satisfy most of the key "elements of place" as
described below. The criteria for selecting the organization and/or
individual to receive the Leadership and Youth Awards are that they have
succeeded in building a strong constituency for a park, have sustained
their commitment for several years, and the result of their work has had
a positive and visible impact on the community. 

Award winners are short-listed, then selected by a selection panel whose
members have a national perspective on parks and downtown
revitalization. 

Award winners will be a permanent feature on PPS websites - Great Public
Spaces, Urban Parks Online, and the main Project for Public Spaces
website - and promoted to a range of press. 

SELECTION PANEL:
Dave Feehan, President, International Downtown Association
Tupper Thomas, President, Prospect Parks Alliance; Co-Chair, City parks
Alliance
Jerry Baum, Co-chair, National Association of Olmsted Parks
Zari Santner, Director, Portland Parks and Recreation
Mark Cameron, Executive Director, Neighborhood Design Center
Linda Moery, Assistant Director for Partnerships, National Park Service

AWARDS TIMETABLE:
May 31st: deadline for applications 
June 9th: awards short-list announced 
June 24th: award winners announced at special reception

KEY ELEMENTS OF PLACE:
Uses and activities: the park is well-used on a regular basis by people
of different ages, genders and backgrounds at different times of day and
year. 

Access and linkages: the park is visible and easy to get to, accessible
to pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, in addition to people
who come by car. In addition, elements or attractions inside and outside
the park are located in such a way that their use builds off one
another. 

Comfort and image: the park is comfortable, has a good image and
amenities such as seating, information, food kiosks, bike racks,
bulletin boards, etc. These elements make a park not only attractive but
enticing for people of all ages. 

Sociability: the park is a sociable place where people (locals and
visitors from out of town) go to observe the passing scene, meet
friends, and interact with a wide range of people that are different
from themselves. 


For further details about the awards contact: Harriet Festing, Marketing
Director, Project for Public Spaces, 212-620-5660 




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