MASON CITY – 1000 Friends of Iowa proudly announces ten recipients of its Best Development Awards for 2020 in eight categories. These recipients were chosen because they implemented the efficient use of resources to develop sustainable communities and provide a high quality of life.
In the Renovated Civic category, the Mason City Arena in Mason City was selected for converting a vacant shopping mall space into an ice skating arena to fit the recreational needs of the community with many positive trickle-down effects.
“The recognition of the Mason City Arena by 1000 Friends of Iowa is truly special because the award embodies the focus of the River City Renaissance,” said City Administrator Aaron Burnett. “This development effort is pushing new density into Mason City’s downtown and creating an attractive walkable area with numerous entertainment and dining options close to newly renovated and newly constructed downtown housing options. The Mason City Arena is transformative for the heart of our community and is bringing new life to once vacant and abandoned buildings. The community’s progressive steps towards sustainable development will continue to drive momentum for many years to come.”
The Best Development Award Program recognizes projects in up to 12 different categories as a way for 1000 Friends of Iowa to express the fact that smart land use and sustainable communities are more than constructed buildings. All of the award recipients help advance sustainability across our state by considering site design, outdoor and indoor environmental impact, community and public use, and long-term benefits.
A virtual Awards Ceremony will be held in January, 2021. State legislative leaders will be invited to speak. The ceremony will be open to the public and followed by time for media questions. More information will become available in the near future.
Founded in 1998, 1000 Friends of Iowa is the only organization in the state focused solely on promoting responsible land use in community, state, and federal development decisions. Its mission is to unite Iowans in efforts to protect farmland and natural areas, revitalize neighborhoods, towns and cities, and improve quality of life for future generations.