Minneapolis Grand Rounds in top 10 great public spaces in U.S.

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. The parkways and paths form a nearly complete loop through Minneapolis as they connect 14 natural lakes, three creeks, two waterfalls and the Mississippi River. Because of careful planning and strategic land acquisitions, all waterfront and rights-of-way around the lakes, creeks and river segments are in public ownership.

For more information on this designation and to see the other nine designees, visit the American Planning Association is a professional institute for certified planners and brings together practicing planners, elected officials, and citizens committed to making great communities happen. APA has 47 chapters, and 20 divisions across the nation.

Oct. 8, 2009

Published Oct. 8, 2009