Campus Martius Park - One of the Top Ten Great Public Spaces
American Planning Association Designates
Campus Martius Park One of Top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2010
Revitalized Urban Park Brings Life to Downtown Detroit
Detroit, MI – The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the designation of Campus Martius Park as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2010 under
the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating
communities of lasting value.
APA singled out the renovated Campus Martius Park for its role in helping attract nearly $750 million in new investment to Detroit, as well as for the first-class public
space that has been created here. Today, Campus Martius is a bustling, urban Eden in the heart of downtown, providing citizens with a public space that delights them year-round.
“Campus Martius is the heart of downtown Detroit,” said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. “It is a place where Detroiters of all walks of life come together in one of America's
most beautiful and accessible urban parks. We are honored to be among the American Planning Association's 10 Great Public Spaces for 2010.”
Through Great Places in America, APA recognizes unique and authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities – streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live every day and are defined by many things including planning efforts, architectural styles, accessibility, and community involvement. Since APA began Great Places in America in 2007, 40 Neighborhoods, 40 Streets and 30 Public Spaces have been designated in 47 states and the District of Columbia.