September 25, 2018

Earlier today, Stamford’s Mill River Park was honored as one of the American Planning Association (APA) 15 Great Places for 2018 through the organization’s national flagship program, Great Places in America.  Congratulations and special thanks to Emily Gordon, who led the application process, and Nia Rhodes Jackson, Director of Programs and Visitor Services for the Mill River Partnership, who joined the national award winners in Washington earlier today.  The Connecticut Chapter was pleased to provide a letter of support, technical assistance and validation for the outstanding work of the Mill River Partnership, the City of Stamford and the community of stakeholders that have made Mill River Park a distinctive asset for the Downtown and the entire city.

APA’s Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces — three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinking planning that showcases affordable transportation options, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity.

APA Great Places showcases the best examples of where and how people work and live every day. They are defined by many characteristics including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement.

Great Places in America is one of the ways APA starts the countdown to National Community Planning Month each October, a month-long event celebrating the accomplishments of the many residents, leaders, officials, and professionals who contribute to making great communities through the planning process.

To learn more about each of this year’s designees, as well as prior recipients from Connecticut, please visit: please join us for a public ceremony at Mill River Park on October 5, 2018 at 10:00AM.

Thank you as always for your support of CCAPA and good planning in Connecticut!

Michael Piscitelli, AICP

City of New Haven