2009 Great Public Spaces Media Coverage

New Haven Green • New Haven, Connecticut

"The New Haven Green has been designated one of 10 'Great Public Spaces' nationwide by the American Planning Association, which singled out the 16-acre plot for its history and core role in the city's 'smart growth' planning practices."

The New Haven Register

NBC Connecticut

Squares of Savannah • Savannah, Georgia

"The Savannah Squares have been named by the American Planning Association as one of the top ten Great Public Spaces in American for 2009."

Connect Savannah

Savannah Morning News




City of Savannah

Lincoln Park • Chicago, Illinois

"APA singled out Lincoln Park for its world class amenities, historic landmarks and buildings, and for the wide range of activities available to park users. Most notably, Lincoln Park is the result of a long-standing commitment by city leaders and citizens to protect 1,200 acres of some of Chicago's most valuable lakefront real estate for the public's use and benefit. "

The Kiki Vale Show

East Park • Charlevoix, Michigan

"Often referred to as a jewel for its aesthetics and functionality, East Park has been officially recognized as a 'Great Public Space.' The American Planning Association made the announcement early Wednesday, and Charlevoix city officials were elated."

Petoskey News-Review

The Grand Rounds • Minneapolis, Minnesota

"The Grand Rounds in Minneapolis is named on the American Planning Association's 2009 top 10 Great Public Spaces in America. The Grand Rounds is the nation's only urban-based National Scenic Byway. It is part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's 6,400 acres of trails, lakes, parks and recreation facilities."

City of Minneapolis

Queens Botanical Garden • Flushing, New York

"A Queens institution received a high honor for its unique aesthetic and practical contributions to the community. The American Planning Association (APA) recognized the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) as one of the "10 Great Public Spaces for 2009" on Wednesday, October 7."

Queens Courier

Central Market • Lancaster, Pennsylvania

"Michael Ervin wasn't all that surprised to learn Central Market was named one of the top 10 "great public spaces" by a national planning organization. 'It's because we're a great place in America,' Ervin, market manager since 2008, said Tuesday. 'Everybody already knows that — but it's nice to have a national organization select us.' 'Amen, brother,' Mayor Rick Gray agreed.

Lancaster Online

Virginia Beach Boardwalk • Virginia Beach, Virginia

"Virginia Beach's Boardwalk was named as a Great Public Space. [APA] says the 3-mile-long concrete boardwalk is an integral part of the city's economy."

The Virginian-Pilot

WTKR News Channel 3

WJZ 13