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Great Places Nomination Form

Great Places in Pennsylvania 2022 Nomination Form

Submit your nomination by Thursday, June 9, 2022, to be considered for designation in 2022. The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is looking for Great Places in two categories: Great Public Spaces and Great Greenways/Trails.

We want to hear your suggestions for a Great Public Space or Great Greenways/Trails designation. Nominations will be considered by the Great Places in Pennsylvania Judges Committee with notification to applicants in the summer.

  • (i.e. street/city/state/zip code, municipality, and county)
  • Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, Max. file size: 128 MB.
  • Please respond to the questions below to describe why the nominated Public Space or Greenway/Trail is worthy of a Great Places in Pennsylvania Designation.

  • Public Space: Briefly describe the setting of the Public Space (urban, suburban, neighborhood, village, rural).

    Greenways/Trails: Briefly describe the location of the greenway/trail (urban area, suburb, exurban area - on fringe of metropolitan area, rural area) and its start/end points.

    Please be specific and use Category Criteria for guidance. (Maximum 100 words)

    Criteria

  • Public Space: Describe how the Public Space is designed to contribute to the livable built environment (reflects the community’s character/personality, interesting visual experience, design/architecture is fitting).

    Greenways/Trails: Describe the greenway/trail’s natural features, topography, trail heads for access/parking, and connectivity to other trails, transit systems, and neighboring uses.

    Please be specific and use Category Criteria for guidance. (Maximum 100 words)

    Criteria

  • Public Space: Describe the unique qualities, traits, and characteristics that make the Public Space special, extraordinary, and/or memorable and set it apart from other public spaces.

    Greenways/Trails: Describe the variety of users and how the greenway/trail encourages use by a diverse cross-section of the community or region.

    Please be specific and use Category Criteria for guidance. (Maximum 100 words)

    Criteria

  • Public Space: Describe how the Public Space promotes and accomplishes social interaction and community engagement, as well as fosters a sense of community (address array of users).

    Greenways/Trails: Describe the unique characteristics that set the greenway/trail apart from other greenways/trails (connects to places of cultural/historical significance, incorporates interpretative signage, opportunities for environmental/public health education, or site for special programs or events).

    Please be specific and use Category Criteria for guidance. (Maximum 100 words)

    Criteria

  • Public Space: Describe how the Public Space contributes to the economy of the community. If possible, quantify the impact (# of visitors, types and number of events/ activities).

    Greenways/Trails: Describe the greenway/trail’s resilient and sustainable qualities (maintenance without excessive costs, safety features, use of green infrastructure).

    Please be specific and use Category Criteria for guidance. (Maximum 100 words)

    Criteria

  • Public Space: Describe the extent to which planners, partnerships, planning, and community involvement have played a role in the development and sustainability of the Public Space.

    Greenways/Trails: Describe how the greenway/trail contributes to the local/regional economy. If possible, quantify the impact (# of visitors, types and number of events/ activities).

    Please be specific and use Category Criteria for guidance. (Maximum 100 words)

    Criteria

  • Greenways/Trails: Describe the extent to which planners, partnerships, planning, and community involvement have played a role in the development and sustainability of the greenway/trail.

    Please be specific and use Category Criteria for guidance. (Maximum 100 words)

    Criteria

  • A minimum of three photos is required; up to five are permitted; individual photo size cannot exceed 5 MB. Photos must demonstrate the qualities, characteristics, and social (people) interactions highlighted in the narrative.

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    Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png, Max. file size: 128 MB, Max. files: 5.
    • Additional supporting material (such as a newspaper article or video) should be directly related to the nominated place and relevant criteria, must be in a single pdf file, and cannot exceed 15 MB. Videos related to the nominated place and relevant criteria are also acceptable. The video must be less than 5 minutes in length, be uploaded to a website (such as YouTube), and have a specific website link. If submitting a video, provide the website link below.
      Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 128 MB.
    • I am submitting a video, the website link is entered below.
    • Applicants shall permit APA PA the use of all materials submitted in support of a nomination for purposes related to the Great Places in Pennsylvania program, including use on promotional materials.
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