The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) announced today that public voting for the 2023 Greening and Public Realm Awards is open.
The Greening and Public Realm Awards, a DID initiative since 2010, celebrates outstanding examples of greening and placemaking that improve public spaces in downtown Minneapolis. Winners will be selected by public vote at mplsdid.com/greening awards. The public vote will be open September 5 through September 20.
Finalists were divided into eight categories based on project size and other characteristics. Among the finalists selected were 10 new nominees – a sign of continued growth in downtown greening efforts – as well as 12 past winners.
“Efforts to enhance our public greening and vibrancy are invaluable,” said Steve Cramer, Mpls Downtown Improvement District President & CEO. “Downtown is grateful for all the finalists and their efforts to improve vibrancy and greening in the city’s core.”
Winners will receive a commemorative Greening and Public Realm Award created by Wood from the Hood, a Minneapolis-based company that reclaims discarded trees from urban neighborhoods and creates high-quality wood products. Each award will display the year the award was issued.
The Greening and Public Realm Awards were created 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.
The public is encouraged to vote by visiting mplsdid.com/greening awards and using the interactive vote link. Each category will showcase the finalists along with a photo of each location for easy viewing and identification. This year’s eight categories include the following finalists:
Small Green Space Streetscape
RBC Gateway Plaza Hennepin Avenue
Mpls College Landing Washington Avenue
Mpls Convention Center Plaza 4th Street
James I. Rice Park Mpls Convention Center
Large Green Space Entryway and Outdoor Café
Loring Greenway Gai Noi
The Commons The Freehouse
Gold Medal Park Barrio
Water Works Park Café and Bar Lurcat
Activated Space Public Art
The Commons ‘Rising’ by Richard Hunt
Nicollet Mall Mpls Sculpture Garden
Peavey Plaza Prince Mural by Hiero Veiga
Government Center South Plaza The Alley Project
Public Realm Improvement Best Neighborhood
Gai Noi Downtown East/West
Cambria/Fairfield Hotels Elliot Park
The Alley Project Loring Park
Warehouse District Live Nicollet Island/East Bank
Father Hennepin Bluff Park North Loop
The public is not only encouraged to vote for a winner in each category, but also to celebrate downtown greening year-long. Send your greening photos to @MplsDID on Facebook and/or Instagram using the hashtag #GreenAwardsMpls.
About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District:
The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) is a business funded non-profit focused on creating a more vibrant downtown. We lead and collaborate on programs that make downtown safer, cleaner and greener. We convene people across sectors and jurisdictions to work on issues of mutual interest; develop innovative solutions to complex public space challenges and opportunities. Including strategic activation; and seek continuous improvement of ongoing programs including the ambassadors. For more information, visit www.mplsdid.com.