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2011 Greening & Public Realm Awards

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 March 13, 2012.

“Our City is world renowned for its many wonderful natural amenities, from our lakes and rivers to our comprehensive park system and renowned urban forest,” said David Wilson, Managing Partner at Accenture and Chair of the DID Greening and Public Realm Committee.

“However, Downtown is noticeably lacking the same level of greening that you can find immediately outside the core. The Greening and Public Realm Awards celebrate shining examples of downtown greening that are being done already, and to inspire others to follow their lead, making Minneapolis a more inviting and vibrant place.”

The DID Greening Committee nominated and recognized places that were exemplary in categories ranging from large to small.  

  


2011 Winners

Best Park

Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza

Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza

Best Parking Lot Greening

Best Parking Lot Greening

205 Park Ave. Lot: City of Minneapolis with Elness Sewnson Graham, & Oslund Associates

Best Residential - Large

The Carlyle Minneapolis

The Carlyle

Best Residential- Small

Francis Drake Hotel Minneapolis

The Francis Drake Hotel

Best Restoration

Minneapolis Community & Technical College

Minneapolis Community & Technical College With Oslund Associates

Best Sidewalk Cafe

Vincent Brit's Pub Minneapolis

Vincent, A Restaurant & Brits Pub

Best Store Front- Large

Seven A Steakhouse

Seven A Steakhouse

Best Store Front- Small

JB Hudson Minneapolis

JB Hudson & Your Enchanted Florist

Best Streetscape Greening

200 Park Avenue Lofts Minneapolis

200 Park Avenue Lofts: Brighton Development with Oslund Associates & Julie Snow Design

Community Involvement

Triangle Park Minneapolis

Triangle Park: Friends of Triangle Park

Best Plaza

Plaza At Loring Ramp Minneapolis

Plaza At Loring Ramp: Alatus LLC

Most Engaging Storefront

Jeromeo Minneapolis DID

Jeromeo

Best Urban Agriculture

Episcopal Church of Gethsemane Minneapolis

Garden of Gethsemane Episcopal Church

Winter Greening

Normandy Inn & Suites Minneapolis

The Normandy Inn & Suites with Bachman's

Winter Greening

Lyon's Pub Minneapolis

Lyon's Pub with Hearts & Flowers


The Encore Awards

The Encore Award is presented to those entities that have exhibited exemplary contribution to the environment of downtown consistently, year after year.

In 2011 the Encore Award winners were:

  • Assisi on 9th Park: Saint Olaf Catholic Church
  • Cancer Survivors Park: FRM Associates
  • Loring Greenway: The Loring Greenway Association
  • Marquette Ave Plaza: WCCO TV
  • Target Plaza: Target Corp. with Tangletown Gardens
  • The Local Sidewalk Cafe: The Local with Your Enchanted Florist.

We thank them for their continued excellence and dedication to enhancing the downtown public realm. 

St. Olaf Catholic Church Minneapolis

Assisi on 9th: St. Olaf Catholic Church

Cancer Survivors Park Minneapolis

Cancer Survivors Park: FRM Associates LLC

Loring Greenway Minneapolis

Loring Greenway: The Loring Greenway Association

Marquette Ave Plaza WCCO TV Minneapolis

Marquette Ave Plaza: WCCO-TV

Target Plaza Minneapolis

Target Plaza: Target Corp. with Tangletown Gardens

The Local Minneapolis

The Local with Your Enchanted Florist