Great Places in Wisconsin


Celebrate our Great Places in Wisconsin

APA’s Great Places is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate examples from our public spaces in communities around the state – places that were created years ago and developed over time.  We celebrate the hard work and tough choices of elected officials, staff, and community members from years and sometimes decades ago, demonstrating through this award the successful outcomes of those choices to establish and protect these truly special places in our cities.  

The Great Places Wisconsin category celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning.  The nominations are judged by a jury of professional planners from outside of Wisconsin and confirmed by the APA-WI Board of Directors.

2018 award recipients were honored at the APA-Wisconsin fall conference, held October 8-9 in Madison.

Have a Great Place in your community?  Now is a good time to start preparing your submission for the 2019 call for nominations. See all Categories and Criteria for more information.

View the award videos here to learn more about these projects.  Each of them resulted from a partnership between planners, local officials, and community volunteers.

2018 Great Places in Wisconsin

Great Places in Wisconsin 2018: City Deck, Green Bay

Great Places in Wisconsin 2018: 400 Block Park, Wausau

Great Places in Wisconsin 2018: Lewis Nine Springs E-Way, Dane County 

2017 Great Places in Wisconsin

Great Places in Wisconsin 2017: Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Great Places in Wisconsin 2017: New Glarus

Great Places in Wisconsin 2017: Fox Cities Trestle Trail