Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit has won the first-ever Urban Land Institute's Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award. Along with the award's recognition, a $10,000 cash prize is being awarded to the Detroit 300 Conservancy, the group behind the park's development.
The award recognizes an outstanding example of a public open space that has catalyzed the transformation of the surrounding community.
Detroit's Campus Martius Park won over Bremen Street Park in Boston; Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, S.C.; Herald and Greeley Square Parks in New York City; Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle; and Schenley Plaza in Pittsburgh.
Amanda Burden, creator of the award and chairwoman of the New York City Planning Commission had this to say about Campus Martius -
"Campus Martius sets the standard for the kind of park that will be celebrated in upcoming years," Burden said this week.
"This park has far exceeded all expectations, in terms of the lift it has provided to Detroit's social and economic well-being."