The Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Great Place Project. Twenty seven local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals submitted creative ideas from across Cook County and Grand Portage. $10,000 in grants will be awarded to 13 recipients to help create great places within our communities.
“It’s both gratifying and exciting to see so many creative applications in the second year of the Great Place Project,” said Jim Boyd, executive director of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce. “Our county already is a Great Place; these projects make it a bit greater, and we all get to enjoy the results.”
The Great Place Project is a friendly, local competition for mini-grants to use high impact, low cost ideas to create great places in our communities. A great place is inviting, beautiful, and catches the eye. It reflects the unique character and identity of the community. And a great place encourages people to slow down and spend time there. “We know that people will be active where they have pleasant and safe places to do so. The Great Place Project has been an incredible opportunity to invest in community spaces and the health of our community” said Moving Matters Coordinator Kristin DeArruda Wharton.
2015 Grant Recipients:
Arrowhead Pharmacy: Mural paintings by local artist Betsy Bowen, complemented by seating and landscaping.
Birchbark Books and Gifts: Locally themed mural paintings with hidden books by local artist Tim Young.
Border Designs: Rustic park bench and plantings by walking path in Lutsen.
Cook County Higher Education: Welcoming entrance with plantings, enhanced walking path, and picnic table.
Cook County Historical Society: Gathering place with plantings, seating, and enhanced bike parking at museum.
Grand Portage Wellness Committee: Community Park gathering table and grill in Grand Portage.
Java Moose: Chair seating by the Grand Marais Harbor, at both café locations.
Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery: Log bench seating area with plantings.
Last Chance Studio: Moose sculpture created by local artist Tom Christianson.
Oddz and Endz: Resting spot with benches, tables, and planters using repurposed and recycled materials.
Schroeder Area Historical Society: ADA accessible viewfinder at Taconite Harbor.
Tofte Historical Society: Planters to enhance the plaza at the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum.
Visit Cook County: Enhancement of Grand Marais Visitor Center common area with benches and planters.
The Great Place Project is sponsored by the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and the Cook County Chamber of Commerce. The Moving Matters project, with funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s Center for Prevention, is working to create safer and more accessible places to walk and bike in Cook County and Grand Portage.
Published in the Cook County News-Herald, 4/18/15 edition.