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Babak Khakpour <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Tue, 8 Apr 2003 19:20:07 +0100

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Harriet Festing" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 5:13 PM
Subject: the best community gardens, parks, plazas, greenways in North
America


> GREAT PARKS/GREAT CITIES AWARDS: Celebrating the best of America's urban
> parks
> http://pps.org/topics/gps/GPGC_awards
> *****************************************
> Sponsored by Metropolis Magazine
> *****************************************
> From the green to the groovy, the quintessential to the quirky, Project
> for Public Spaces (PPS) will be honoring the best of American urban
> parks through its 2003 Great Parks/Great Cities Awards.
>
> The winners of the awards will be announced on Monday, June 23rd at a
> special reception hosted by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., in honor of the
> 150th anniversary of Central Park, at its world headquarters in New York
> City.
>
> The reception is part of the International Conference, "Great
> Parks/Great Cities: Celebrating 150 Years of Central Park"
> http://pps.org//GPGC/, which brings together over 450 leaders,
> professionals and partners.
>
> Leading personalities from the world of urban parks, city and downtown
> management, and landscape architecture will judge the 100+ anticipated
> entries. Nominations are open to parks, plazas, central squares and
> greenways throughout North America. The award categories are:
>
> GREAT PARKS/GREAT CITIES AWARD - for a major park or square in North
> America that that has added significantly to the social, economic and
> environmental health and well-being of that city.
>
> GREAT COMMUNITY PLACE AWARD - for a smaller park that, although not
> necessarily well-known nationally, has become a nucleus of social
> activity and revitalization in its community or neighborhood.
>
> CATALYST AWARD FOR URBAN PARK LEADERSHIP - for a person or organization
> that has successfully evolved a park or other public space to meet the
> needs of today's users, by involving the community, building stewardship
> and making a park the setting for diverse community activities.
>
> BEST NEW PARK AWARD - for a new park (built in the last ten years) that
> provides a model for the future, where the many functions of community
> life can take place, where people feel ownership and a sense of pride,
> and where public space acts as a true common ground.
>
> YOUTH INVOLVEMENT AWARD - for an individual, or group of young people
> who have improved their communities by turning their spaces around. The
> award will provide inspiration to other youth who are working to make a
> difference, and trying to create public places that are comfortable for
> them and their peers.
> *****************************************
> NOMINATING YOUR PARK
> Anyone can nominate a park for an award http://pps.org/gps/suggest. For
> the Leadership and Youth Awards, e-mail Harriet Festing with a 200- to
> 300-word explanation of why you believe the nominee should win the
> award.
>
> Nominated spaces must satisfy most of the key "elements of place" as
> described below. The criteria for selecting the organization and/or
> individual to receive the Leadership and Youth Awards are that they have
> succeeded in building a strong constituency for a park, have sustained
> their commitment for several years, and the result of their work has had
> a positive and visible impact on the community.
>
> Award winners are short-listed, then selected by a selection panel whose
> members have a national perspective on parks and downtown
> revitalization.
>
> Award winners will be a permanent feature on PPS websites - Great Public
> Spaces, Urban Parks Online, and the main Project for Public Spaces
> website - and promoted to a range of press.
>
> SELECTION PANEL:
> Dave Feehan, President, International Downtown Association
> Tupper Thomas, President, Prospect Parks Alliance; Co-Chair, City parks
> Alliance
> Jerry Baum, Co-chair, National Association of Olmsted Parks
> Zari Santner, Director, Portland Parks and Recreation
> Mark Cameron, Executive Director, Neighborhood Design Center
> Linda Moery, Assistant Director for Partnerships, National Park Service
>
> AWARDS TIMETABLE:
> May 31st: deadline for applications
> June 9th: awards short-list announced
> June 24th: award winners announced at special reception
>
> KEY ELEMENTS OF PLACE:
> Uses and activities: the park is well-used on a regular basis by people
> of different ages, genders and backgrounds at different times of day and
> year.
>
> Access and linkages: the park is visible and easy to get to, accessible
> to pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, in addition to people
> who come by car. In addition, elements or attractions inside and outside
> the park are located in such a way that their use builds off one
> another.
>
> Comfort and image: the park is comfortable, has a good image and
> amenities such as seating, information, food kiosks, bike racks,
> bulletin boards, etc. These elements make a park not only attractive but
> enticing for people of all ages.
>
> Sociability: the park is a sociable place where people (locals and
> visitors from out of town) go to observe the passing scene, meet
> friends, and interact with a wide range of people that are different
> from themselves.
>
>
> For further details about the awards contact: Harriet Festing, Marketing
> Director, Project for Public Spaces, 212-620-5660
>

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