CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Planning Association (APA) announced that The Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, in Greenville County, SC, has earned the “People’s Choice” designation as one of the Great Places in America in 2017.
For the fourth year in the row, APA asked the public to nominate their favorite public space, neighborhood, or street. Suggestions were collected throughout October via social media using the hashtag #APAGreatPlaces. Five finalists were selected out of the nearly hundred suggestions that were received. The public could then vote for their favorite on APA’s website during the first week of November. A record number of votes were cast this year among the five finalists.
The Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail network edged out the City of Rochester Public Market in Rochester, New York, as this year’s “People’s Choice” designation. The three other top finalists up for consideration included Downtown Golden, Golden, Colorado; John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines, Iowa; and Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kansas.
To launch National Community Planning Month, APA announces its annual Great Places in America designees. The program, celebrating its 10th anniversary, names 15 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs. APA’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners.
APA has designated 275 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces since the program began in 2007. Places are announced annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
About Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail
The GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is currently a 19.9-mile pedestrian thoroughfare running through cities such as Greenville and Travelers Rest, South Carolina. The trail generates $6.7 million in tourism economic impact annually since it hopped onto the landscape in 2009. Many of those tourists have become residents and the trail is frequently the “ace up the sleeve” when the Economic Development Office is recruiting new business and talent.
In addition to the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail being designated a “People’s Choice” Great Place, the following Great Places in America were also recognized in 2017:
- Seward – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Heart of Missoula – Missoula, Montana
- Over-the-Rhine – Cincinnati, Ohio
- Uptown Greenwood – Greenwood, South Carolina
- Pearl – San Antonio, Texas
- Congress Street – Tucson, Arizona
- Lincoln Avenue & Giddings Plaza – Chicago, Illinois
- South Grand Boulevard – St. Louis, Missouri
- Main Street – Waterloo, New York
- Park Lane – Kirkland, Washington
Great Public Spaces
- Mill Creek Linear Park – Bakersfield, California
- Rosa Parks Circle – Grand Rapids, Michigan
- County Home Complex – Pitt County, North Carolina
- Market Square – Knoxville, Tennessee
- San Angelo Concho River Walk – San Angelo, Texas
For more information about APA’s Great Places in America Program, visit http://www.planning.org/greatplaces.
For more about National Community Planning Month visit www.planning.org/ncpm.
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating communities of lasting value. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The 38,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at www.planning.org.