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The Saint John City Market named Canada's Great Public Space


The Saint John City Market has been honoured as Canada's Great Public Space for 2013. The title is awarded each year as part of the Canadian Institute of Planners' (CIP) Great Places in Canada contest and is based on popularity and planning excellence, as judged by a panel of professional planners.

“The City Market is a historic centerpiece of our revitalized city centre and embodies what we all love most about Saint John,” said City of Saint John Mayor, Mel Norton. “For over a century, it has been a place where friends and neighbours meet to enjoy food and wares from around the world.”

CIP holds the Great Places In Canada contest every year to celebrate the locations that Canadians love most, and to highlight the role of professional planners in creating places that inspire and delight.

“We are thrilled that our City Market has been nationally recognized as Canada's Great Public Space,” said the City Market Manager, Kevin Loughery. “We have the public to thank. Our entire Saint John community as well as friends and visitors from across Canada were the driving force that placed us in a finalist position.”

The Saint John City Market was one of 68 entries vying to be named in this year's contest. Finalists were selected from more than 100,000 public votes cast across the country during a four month voting period that closed on September 23, 2013.

Teresa Rittemann, a CIP panel judge, noted in a press release that the City Market is a cultural and historic icon. “Its unique architectural character reflects the local landscape and traditions of Saint John as a port city. It provides year-round economic opportunities and social interaction for people of all ages and abilities, fosters local food security, and promotes the use of public and active transportation in its interconnectedness with the rest of the city.”

To read the Great Places In Canada profile on the Saint John City Market, visit: www.cip-icu.ca/greatplaces/en/place.asp?id=6147

For more information on the contest, visit www.cip-icu.ca/greatplaces/en/winners.asp

Visit the Saint John City Market website at www.sjcitymarket.ca