The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) honored 20 downtown businesses and organizations Monday with its third annual Greening Awards.
David Wilson, managing partner at Accenture and Chair of the DID Greening and Public Realm Committee, noted that downtown is the fastest growing neighborhood in the city and is “lacking in parks and green space” for the residents.
Community leaders are working to double the size of downtown’s population by adding another 35,000 residents by 2025.
“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,” he said.
Here’s a rundown of the Greening Award winners:
— Best Entryway, Large Scale: Target Corp. & Tangletown Gardens for the Target Plaza South Entry
— Best Entryway, Small Scale: Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar
— Best Park, Large Scale: Target Field
— Best Park, Small Scale: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board for the North 4th Ave Playground
— Best Plaza: Minneapolis Community and Technical College & LHB Inc. for the MCTC Fine Arts Plaza
— Best Window Boxes, Large Scale: Ryan Cos. US, Inc. on behalf of Franklin Street Properties & Plants by Design for TCF Tower
— Best Window Boxes, Small Scale: Café Lurcat
— Best Parking Lot: Lunds Hennepin Parking Lot & Rain Garden
— Best Outdoor Café: Loring Kitchen
— Best Storefront Greening: Rosa Mexicano
— Best Streetscape Greening: Minneapolis Convention Center
— Best Urban Agriculture: MCTC Urban Farm Collective
— Best Multiple Property: D’Amico Partners for Masa and Café Lurcat
— Community Involvement: Loring Greenway Association
— Best Winter Greening, Large Scale: Campbell Mithun Tower and Lyndale Plant Services
— Best Winter Greening, Small Scale — Lyon’s Pub & Hearts and Flowers
Encore Awards winners (groups who have shown “exemplary contribution to the public realm environment of downtown consistently, year after year.”)
— The Local and Your Enchanted Florist for the sidewalk café greening at The Local
— St. Olaf Catholic Church for the hidden idyll Assisi on 9th
— Marquette Plaza for Cancer Survivors Park
— Brit’s Pub & Vincent A Restaurant for the sidewalk café greening.