Best Downtown Green Space

Huntridge Circle Park



“It really is an urban oasis,” effuses Downtown Cocktail Room owner Michael Cornthwaite of Huntridge Circle Park, which is quite literally situated on Maryland Parkway (just south of Charleston Boulevard; traffic curls around it). The oval-shaped park has come a long way since 2006, when the city closed it down in an attempt to curb violence and drug use. Since reopening in 2011, Huntridge Circle has become home to outdoor movie screenings, neighborhood dog shows and people simply enjoying what it has to offer—namely, three acres of shade trees and green grass, a soon-to-open playground, martini glass-shaped picnic tables and even an earthen labyrinth. An oasis, indeed.

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Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.