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Great Places In Washington Nominations Now Open


Great Places in Washington Program

An awards program co-sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA WA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW)

The 2018 Great Places in Washington Awards program will recognize Great Gathering Spaces in Washington State. Awards this year will be given to three different gathering spaces based on their relative size. Small spaces are generally less than 10,000 square feet, or 100' x 100'. Medium spaces are generally up to about an acre in size, and large spaces are more than an acre. This program is based on the American Planning Association's Great Places in America Program.

Nominations Due: July 31

Please send a digital copy to [email protected] and paper copies can be sent to Washington Chapter American Planning Association 2150 N 107th Street Ste 205, Seattle, WA 98133 postmarked by July  31. Submittals are limited to six pages total (including the cover sheet). 

Who Should Apply?

All are welcome to apply. Examples include:

  • Cities and towns
  • Community/neighborhood groups
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Planning professionals

Awards Criteria:

While the Great Places Committee is currently refining the awards criteria, below are the preliminary criteria. Great places must: 

  • Be located in Washington State and may be within a town, city, county, or tribal land.
  • Be mostly outdoors and open to the public and free of charge at least 12 hours a day.
  • Include a variety of functional attributes that encourage human contact and social activity for all age groups. Larger spaces are expected to include a wider variety of such attributes.
  • Feature definable boundaries while having good linkages to surrounding uses and areas.
  • Features design elements and architectural features that are visually interesting and contribute to the use and enjoyment of the space.


View the Great Places website for more information.
Contact Hiller West, APA co-chair, or Lloyd Skinner, PAW co-chair. 

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