Yes, the threatened award to CiTY WALK announced in our previous post was well and truly presented on January 25th at the Annual Meeting of the Providence Preservation Society.
Collecting the honor were JDA members and chief spark plugs for getting CiTY WALK off, er... ON the ground: Dan Bauduoin, Executive Director of the Providence Foundation, Phoebe Blake, Chair of the Planning & Zoning Committee of the Jewelry District Association and Ron Henderson, L+A Landscape Architecture.
The award recognizes "special initiatives or commitment to preservation values in the previous year by an individual, organization, community or group in specific categories."
As also mentioned in the previous post, thanks to hard work, campaigning, making presentations and developing the CiTY WALK concept in detail, this project to knit Providence neighborhoods together with a bike and walking pathway has already been awarded TIP Federal/State Grant of $1.9 million for further development.
And the good news doesn't end there. The City of Providence applied to participate in a new initiative of PeopleForBikes called "The Big Jump Project". 80 cities applied, and 10 — including Providence — were selected.
The name "Big Jump Project" refers to the organization's hoped for increase in bicycling nationwide. The Providence focus area is CiTY WALK and its surroundings. CITY WALK will receive $200,000 in-kind services for infrastructure and programming, annually, for three years.
Great news! And major congratulations to Dan and Phoebe and the whole team and CiTY WALK's supporters for great work!