The Forks Wins Award for Best ‘Great Public Space’

Shannon and her friend Allison give their pooch Harley a special ice cream treat at The Forks on Sunday, May 15, 2011. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The Forks has won an award for being a “Great Public Space” in Canada.

The popular Winnipeg tourist attraction came in first place in its respected category as part of the Great Places in Canada contest by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

“The Forks has evolved into the quintessential example of how physical geography and urban design can come together to create a public space that is memorable, functional, and embodies the historic centre of downtown Winnipeg,” said Alex Forbes, member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

“This has been achieved through the creation of extensive trail networks, use of the waterfront in the summer and winter months, outdoor activities for festivals and events, surrounded by great urban design in building and public infrastructure.”

The Forks beat out Pippy Park in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.

See a list of winning places across Canada in other categories.