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The greatest parks, plazas and greenways - see the short-list

  • Subject: [cg] The greatest parks, plazas and greenways - see the short-list
  • From: "Harriet Festing" hfesting@pps.org
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 13:42:57 -0400
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  • Thread-topic: The greatest parks, plazas and greenways - see the short-list

Read more about the places that have been nominated and see the
wonderful pictures at: http://www.pps.org/topics/gps/GPGC_awards

From the green to the groovy, the quintessential to the quirky, Project
for Public Spaces (PPS) are honoring the best of American urban parks
through its 2003 Great Parks/Great Cities Awards. The awards are
sponsored by Metropolis Magazine.

The short-list for the Great Parks/Great Cities Award 2003 are:

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.

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Boston Commons and Public Garden, Boston, MA
Central Park, New York, NY
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Mt. Tabor Park, Portland, OR
Squares of Savannah, Savannah, GA

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.

Anderson River Park, Anderson, CA
Breckenridge City Park, Breckenridge, TX
City Heights Urban Village, San Diego, CA
Days Park, Buffalo, NY
The Village of Arts and Humanities, North Philadelphia, PA

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.

Allegheny Riverfront Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Augustus F. Hawkins, Los Angeles, CA
Duluth Town Green, Duluth, GA
Hastings Park, Vancouver B.C. Canada
Hull Park and Grand Traverse Children's Garden, Traverse City, MI
Little Turtle Waterway, Logansport, IN
Travis Elementary School 'Dinosaur' Park, Houston, TX

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.

David Agnew, Charleston Partnership for Parks, Charleston, SC
Valerie Burns, Boston Natural Areas Network, Boston, MA
Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston, SC
Ann Zoller, Parkworks, Cleveland, OH
Asset Based Community Development Institute, Evanston, IL
Friends of Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD
The Heidelberg Project, Detroit, MI
Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta, GA
Pittsburgh Park Conservancy, Pittsburgh, PA
TKF Foundation, Annapolis, MD

To find out more about what makes a great park, visit www.pps.org/gps
We received over 70 nominations. Thank you to all who participated! 

The final award winners 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 Honorable Gifford Miller, Speaker of the New York City
Council, will present the awards. 

The reception is part of the International Conference, "Great
Parks/Great Cities: Celebrating 150 Years of Central Park",
which brings together over 350 leaders, professionals and partners.

Jerry Baum, Co-chair, National Association for 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

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

Harriet Festing
Assistant Vice President, Marketing
Project for Public Spaces
153 Waverly Place, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Project for Public Spaces 
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parks & plazas - markets - transportation - civic design

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