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2022 Greening & Public Realm Award Winners

DID's Greening Awards celebrate the exceptional greening efforts throughout our downtown Minneapolis community! Below are this year's winners. Congratulations on your outstanding greening efforts! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Small Green Space

  • Winner: Gateway Park
  • Finalists: Government Center Plaza South, RBC Gateway Plaza, Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza

Large Green Space

  • Winner: Loring Greenway
  • Finalists: WaterWorks Park, The CommonsGold Medal Park

Public Art

  • Winners (tied category):  Prince Mural, and Bob Dylan Mural 
  • Finalists: X Games Mural, It's the People Series

Activated Space

  • Winner: Peavey Plaza
  • Finalists: The Alley Project, Elliot Park Skatepark, Mill City Market

Entryway and Outdoor Cafe Greening

  • Winner: The Freehouse
  • Finalists: The News Room, 5th Avenue Lofts, Barrio

Public Realm Improvement

  • Winner: Water Works Park
  • Finalists: 7th Street Bus Only Lane, Elliot Park Skatepark, Prince Mural

Best Neighborhood

  • Winner: Loring Park
  • Finalists: North Loop, Elliot Park, Downtown East and West


About Greening & Public Realm Awards

The Annual Greening and Public Realm Awards are an initiative of the Mpls Downtown Improvement District to celebrate the outstanding examples of private greening and placemaking happening in downtown Minneapolis, and are intended to inspire all to work towards making downtown a greener and more vibrant place. Unlike the world-class park system that weaves thru our city’s neighborhoods, downtown is lacking in parks and green space to support our growing residential, business and visitor populations. We believe if each building in downtown was to place a single entryway planter on their property, the impact on the public realm would be tremendous and the work done by Mpls DID, Minneapolis Park Board and others would be strengthened.

By participating in the Annual Greening and Public Realm Awards you can help recognize the properties, businesses, and community groups who have created and maintained greening projects that contribute to a more beautiful downtown.