Blackfalds Abbey Centre nominated for award

Blackfalds’ Abbey Master Builder Centre has been nominated as a Great Public Space in a nationwide contest.

Blackfalds’ Abbey Master Builder Centre has been nominated as a Great Public Space in a nationwide contest.

The Great Places in Canada contest is run annually by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Winners are eligible for up to $2,500 for their communities.

Communities can be recognized in a number of different categories: Great Street, Neighbourhood or Public Space.

Past winners in Central Alberta include Lacombe, whose Main Street was recognized as Best Street in Canada in 2013.

The only other Alberta nomination so far is for Lethbridge’s River Valley in the Public Spaces category.

A grand prize winner is chosen by an Institute jury. But voters can also pick a People’s Choice winner, which goes to the nominee with the most online votes. To vote go to

Nominations must be in by Sept. 3 and voting ends on Sept. 24. On Oct. 20, finalists will be announced, and winners will be unveiled on Nov. 4 in conjunction with World Town Planning Day Events.

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