The Forks to receive vision in planning award

    WINNIPEG, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forks, a national jewel in
Winnipeg's downtown began its modern day journey nearly thirty years ago with
the Core Area Initiative (CAI)
    The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) will present Jim August, CEO
with the Vision in Planning Award for their contributions to the CAI and to
the creation of The Forks on July 15th, 2008 at CIP's national conference,
Planning by Design in Community: Making Great Places in Winnipeg.

    "We are thrilled to receive this prestigious planning award from the
    Canadian Institute of Planners" said Jim August, CEO of The Forks. "The
    Forks vision is the result of a unique partnership between three levels
    of government and ongoing consultation within the community who have
    embraced The Forks as the city's premier "meeting place". The Forks was
    established over twenty years ago and while the site grows, and the plan
    is adapted to suit changing times and needs, that original vision still
    guides all that The Forks Renewal Corporation undertakes on the site."

    Formed in 1981, the CAI was a groundbreaking initiative by all three
levels of government to address inner city renewal in Winnipeg. Never had a
project of such scale and scope been attempted in Canada by all three levels
of government together.
    Originally the CN East Yards, The Forks was once covered in rail lines
that saw heavy use from the late 20th Century until the 1960s when it was
replaced by modern rail facilities on the outskirts of the city. The
establishment of the Forks Renewal Corporation in 1987 transformed the largely
underused rail yard into an international destination that draws an estimated
four million visitors each year.

    CIP is pleased to present the 2008 Vision in Planning Award to The
    Forks," said Mr. Hudema, CIP President. "Through a combination of
    creative vision, sensitivity to people's needs, and effective
    partnerships, The Forks area has become a multifaceted gathering place
    enjoyed by citizens of the community and visitors alike."

    CIP is the national voice of Canada's planning profession. Since 1919,
CIP has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout
Canada. In its capacity as the national professional institute and
certification body for the planning profession, CIP addresses the issues of
professional standards and public policy, both domestically and globally,
related to planning and planning related issues. CIP established its Vision in
Planning Award in 2001 to recognize community plans that have achieved or
exceeded their intended expectations and represent a significant contribution
to Canadian planning heritage.

For further information:

For further information: Kira Pejemsky, Program Coordinator,
Communications, Canadian Institute of Planners, 800-207-2138, (613) 291-9641,
Fax: (613) 237-7045,

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