City receives awards from APA RI

City receives awards from APA RI

PAWTUCKET – The city of Pawtucket received two awards from the American Planning Association Rhode Island Chapter during its 2020 Post-Holiday and Awards Party on Jan. 10.

“Thank you to the American Planning Association Rhode Island Chapter for recognizing the efforts of the city and our partners,” said Mayor Donald Grebien. “I would also like to recognize the other awardees for their great work across the state.”

The city received the Award for Excellence in Plan Implementation for the Pawtucket/Central Falls Station District vision plan implementation and the Award for Outstanding Public Space for renovations completed at Payne Park.

The Pawtucket-Central Falls Station District vision plan implementation was selected the winner in the Excellence in Plan Implementation category for the 2019 RIAPA Awards. This award was given to the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls for their efforts toward implementing the plan which include adopting uniform Transit Oriented Development zoning for both cities and creating a Joint-Planning Commission. Furthermore, both cities have uniform signage in the TOD, created a Conant Thread website, and planned street improvements. Both cities and the Horsley Witten Group, who assisted in the crafting of the vision plan, were awarded.

The Payne Park Renovation Project was selected the winner of the Public Space Award for the 2019 RIAPA Awards. This award recognized the work done by the Planning and Parks and Recreation Department to transform Payne Park into an active community park that meets the needs of the local population.