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.
205 Park Ave. Lot: City of Minneapolis with Elness Sewnson Graham, & Oslund Associates
The Francis Drake Hotel
Minneapolis Community & Technical College With Oslund Associates
200 Park Avenue Lofts: Brighton Development with Oslund Associates & Julie Snow Design
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:
We thank them for their continued excellence and dedication to enhancing the downtown public realm.
Cancer Survivors Park: FRM Associates LLC
Target Plaza: Target Corp. with Tangletown Gardens