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Minneapolis DID Greening Awards

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) is proud to announce the winners of its third 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 May 6, 2013.

“The last US census showed that more people live in cities today (80.7%) than at any time in our history.   And in Minneapolis, our fastest growing neighborhood is downtown, where we plan to add 35,000 residents by 2025.   Unlike our world-class park system that weaves thru our city’s neighborhoods, downtown is lacking in parks and green space to support these new residents.” said David Wilson, Managing Partner at Accenture and Chair of the DID Greening and Public Realm Committee. “Fortunately, our community is proactively planning new downtown parks and the renovation of existing public realm amenities to make sure that our city competes successfully for new residents, jobs and visitors.   These 3rd Annual Greening and Public Realm Awards celebrate outstanding examples of downtown greening, and are intended to inspire all of us to work towards making downtown a  greener and more vibrant place.”

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

2012 Winners

Best Entryway- Large

Target Corporation

Target Plaza South Entry: Target Corporation & Tangletown Gardens

Best Entryway - Small


Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar

Best Multiple Property


D’Amico Partners: Masa & Café Lurcat

Best Streetscape

MPLS Convention Center

Minneapolis Convention Center

Best Storefront

Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano

Best Park- Large

Target Field

Target Field

Best Park - Small

North 4th Park mpls

North 4th Ave Playground - Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Best Plaza


MCTC Fine Arts Plaza - Minneapolis Community and Technical College & LHB Inc.

Best Window Boxes- Large

TCF Tower

Ryan Companies US, Inc. on behalf of Franklin Street Properties and Plants By Design

Best Window Boxes- Small

Café Lurcat

Café Lurcat

Best Parking Lot

Lunds Hennepin

Lunds Hennepin Parking Lot & Rain Garden

Best Outdoor Café

Loring Kitchen

Loring Kitchen

Best Urban Agriculture

MCTC Urban Farm

MCTC Urban Farm Collective

Best Winter - Large

Campbell Mithun Tower

Campbell Mithun Tower and Lyndale Plant Services

Best Winter - Small

Lyon's Pub

Lyon's Pub & Hearts and Flowers

Community Involvement

Loring Greenway

Loring Greenway Association

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

In 2012 the Encore Award winners were:

Encore Award


The Local & Your Enchanted Florist

Encore Award

Cancer Survivors Park

Cancer Survivors Park - Marquette Plaza

Encore Award

Assisi on 9th - St. Olaf Catholic Church

Assisi on 9th - St. Olaf Catholic Church

Encore Award

Brits & Vincent

Brit's Pub and Vincent A Restaurant