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2023 Greening & Public Realm Awards – Cast Your Vote!

Voting for the 2023 Greening & Public Realm Awards closes September 20!

Each year, Mpls DID hosts the Greening & Public Realm Awards to celebrate the work of local individuals, organizations and initiatives that help make our downtown greener and more vibrant. Thanks for all your work in creating an extraordinary downtown.

It’s a close race in several categories! Remember to cast your vote by September 20 to determine this year’s winners.

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Voting for 2023 DID Greening and Public Realm Awards opens today

MINNEAPOLIS (September 5, 2023) – 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 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 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




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