The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association recently announced that Levitt Pavilion Arlington has been designated a Great Public Space by the chapter’s Great Places in Texas program. This is the only such designation earned this year by any space in the entire North Texas region.
Great Places in Texas exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value. This is the third year for the Texas program, which is modeled after the American Planning Association’s ongoing Great Places in America program.
“It’s clear that the Levitt Pavilion was one of the major economic and social catalysts to the redevelopment efforts seen in downtown Arlington today,” said Doug McDonald, APA-Texas Chapter president. “The space has brought people back to the core of Arlington to enjoy arts and entertainment and has become a favorite gathering place for everyone.”
McDonald added that since the Levitt opened in 2008, nearly a dozen restaurants have opened with more planned, and that the Levitt was the catalyst for major investment from the University of Texas at Arlington, which shifted its $300 million expansion into downtown Arlington with new residences, shops, restaurants, parking and nearby College Park.
Great Places in Texas recognizes unique, authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities — streets, neighborhoods and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live every day, places that are enjoyable, safe and desirable. They are defined by many characteristics, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement.