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Local projects earn awards for enhancing open space

MONTPELIER The City of Winooski won the Honor Award presented by landscape architects, planners, architects, civil engineers and foresters of Vermont for its Winooski Riverwalk project, the creative plan that increased public access to the scenic river that runs through the city. The Vermont Public Space Award for 2006-2007 was presented by Governor Jim Douglas to representatives of the city and its landscape designers at a ceremony in Montpelier on Tuesday, April 24. Merit awards were also presented to Shelburne Farms for its landscape restoration work, to Comtu Cascade Park in Springfield, and to the town of Hartford for its Quechee Gorge Visitor Center. Honorable mention awards went to the Battery Park Extension, Lake & College Project of the City of Burlington parks and Recreation Department and Main Street Landing, and the Route 7 Shelburne Road in South Burlington and the Town of Shelburne. The awards are presented every two years to recognize special exterior or interior spaces, accessible to the public, which have been defined or enriched by design or planning and to recognize regulations which promote positive public uses. The organizations that cooperate in choosing the award winners are the American Society of Landscape Architects, Vermont Chapter, the Vermont Planners Association, the American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vermont Chapter, and the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council.

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