The Circle promotes community heath in a variety of ways. It completes a key link in the Constitution Trail, Normal’s multi-use exercise trail, and provides cycling infrastructure throughout the district. Furthermore, a robust infusion of nature into what was a bleak and unremarkable downtown provides significant biophilic values to the community – including stress reduction – creating outdoor gathering space for social interaction and encouraging physical activity. The Circle serves as both a connecting element that encourages walking, running, gathering, communing – as well as a symbolic one, reflective of newfound community values, priorities, and a new Normal that’s here to stay.
ULI Open Space Awards Finalist 2020
CNU Illinois Neighborhood District & Corridor Award 2015
US FTA / FHA Transportation Planning Excellence Award 20212
US EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement 2011
ASLA Illinois Presidential Award 2010
ASLA Illinois Merit Award 2008
Illinois Association of Planning, Planning Award 2004