Category: Volunteers

SPOTLIGHT on Volunteers: Dawn Chaney

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Dawn Chaney owns Chaney Properties in Downtown Greensboro and has been a long time Greensboro resident.  She is a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the Downtown Greenway, serving on the Downtown Greenway Technical Team.  She has also participated and walked in the Run 4 the Greenway every year since the run began in 2010. Dawn’s love for the Downtown Greenway is evident in her remarks below: When complete in 2019, the Downtown Greenway will allow everyone a pathway to Downtown Greensboro.  The Downtown Greenway is a scenic artery for runners, walkers and bikers of all ages and abilities to connect to each other at the City Center.  It is a unique fitness facility for everyone. The Downtown Greenway is adjacent to the Ole Asheboro, Warnersville, Fisher Park, Westerwood, College Hill, Dunleath and East Market Street neighborhoods with close connectivity to Glenwood and university campuses.  Even in its incomplete phase, more than 2,000 users are on it every month.  When complete, we anticipate usage at 10,000-15,000 pedestrians per month.  Greensboro will be recognized by other cities and towns for the connectivity and engagement provided by our Greenway.

SPOTLIGHT on Volunteers: Greensboro Permaculture Guild

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Special thanks to the Greensboro Permaculture Guild for their work on the Downtown Greenway on the section in front of Deep Roots Market on Eugene.  They have transferred fruit trees and perennials from the community garden at Holy Trinity to the area in front of Deep Roots to make way for new building construction at Holy Trinity. Thanks to Randall Hayes, Charlie Headington, Charlotte LeHecka, Alyssa McKim, David Mudd, Rob Pritchard, Elaine Shields, and Justin Vettel for coming out on a foggy morning to get their hands in the dirt! Stop by Deep Roots for lunch and enjoy the Permaculture Guild's hard work in beautifying the area and the Downtown Greenway. Deep Roots will be helping to maintain and water this section-- thank you!

SPOTLIGHT on Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT)

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The Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been the driving force in keeping the Downtown Greenway's public/private partnership moving forward in design and funding. The divisions within GDOT include Engineering, Planning, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Public Transportation-GTA/SCAT, and Business and Parking. Services provided to residents, businesses and visitors include traffic signals and signs, transportation planning, parking, street lighting, sidewalks and bikeways. In November 2017, a NCDOT Funding Resolution was adopted - accepting $3,331,815 in additional funding for the Phase 2 of the Downtown Greenway (Murrow Boulevard/Fisher Avenue) which will allow it to go under construction in 2018. This was accomplished through the dedicated efforts of City Council member Justin Outling, Assistant City Manager David Parrish, Greensboro Department of Transportation staff Adam Fischer and Tyler Meyer, and the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) led by Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter. This additional funding is certainly a reflection of the power of private funding that has leveraged local public funding as well as state and federal funds and the commitment of so many in the community, especially the work of GDOT. We are very grateful for the partnership with GDOT and the Downtown Greenway.  Adam Fischer serves on our Oversight Committee as well as our Finance Committee.  Chris Spencer leads our Technical Team.  Daniel Amstutz and Kym Smith serve on that team as well.  Tyler Meyer and Stephen Carter serve on our Finance Committee and there are many others within the department who are working hard behind the scenes to make this project a reality.  Thank you to all the GDOT staff for their dedication and service.  

Cheers to our Downtown Greenway Volunteers!

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  Cheers to our Downtown Greenway Volunteers! If you volunteered in some way with the Downtown Greenway in 2017, we want to thank you—doesn’t matter how much or how little—we are grateful for you! Please join us for a Volunteer Thank You Event on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm Preyer Brewing Company 600 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro Light hors d’oeuvres from Crafted The Art of Street Food and Preyer Brewing Co. beer will be served. Please RSVP by January 25th to Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org

Lots of fun, running and great costumes at the 8th Annual Run 4 the Greenway!

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Thank you to all the volunteers, runners, walkers, and all who attended the party in Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway for the 8th Annual Run 4 the Greenway!  There were some great costumes -- dogs, kids and adult!  Local band from Westerwood Neighborhood- ToadFrogs rocked out the party in Morehead Park. Click here for all the photos from the event.  Special thanks to our title sponsor First Bank!  

Huge Shout-out to Triad Chapter of NC Native Plant Society

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Members of the Triad Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society came out on March 25 to get the Bird, Bee, Butterfly Garden at Woven Works Park ready for spring by pulling weeds.  They have another work day set for Saturday, April 15. Special thanks to these volunteers: John Bartlett, Laurette Guay, Diane Laslie, Elizabeth Link, Deborah Staves, Lynda Waldrop, and Judy West. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Dabney Sanders at dsanders@actiongreensboro.org.

Workday at Woven Works Park at Innovation Cornerstone

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A volunteer workday is scheduled for Sunday, October 30 from 1:30-4:00 pm at Woven Works Park at Innovation Cornerstone located at the corner of Murrow Blvd and Lindsay Street. Bring work gloves and a shovel-- we'll be planting flowers in the Bird, Bee, and Butterfly Garden on the site. Snacks and water provided.  Questions?  Call Dabney Sanders at 336.387.8353 or email dsanders@actiongreensboro.org.

The RESULTS are in from the Run 4 the Greenway!

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The 7th Annual 4 for the Greenway was a HUGE success! We raised over $11,000 for the Downtown Greenway thanks to all the runner and walkers and to our GREAT sponsors for their support in the run! The RESULTS are in! The top winners are: Top 3 males-Andris Goncarous (1st place winner in 2015 and 2016!), Kenwick Brown, & Patrick Westervelt Top 3 females-Clare Cunningham, Hollis Oberlies (2nd place winner in 2014, 2015, & 2016!), & Heather Colleran Congratulations to all the runners and walkers! Click here to see all the results. Check out all the PHOTOS from the run and opening of Woven Works Park.  

Lincoln Financial Group employees volunteer on the greenway

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A huge SHOUTOUT to Lincoln Financial Group employees who came out last week to spread mulch on the edible orchard at the Tradition Cornerstone on the Downtown Greenway. The Tradition Cornerstone is located at Smith and Prescott Streets.  Do you have a group who would be interested in helping on the Downtown Greenway?  Email Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org for more information.            

Thank you Downtown Greenway Volunteers!

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Special thanks to the 50+ volunteers who came out on February 26 and 27 to lay newsprint and spread mulch on the area around the stream bank at the Innovation Cornerstone site at the corner of Lindsay and Murrow Blvd.  The sheet mulching will prepare the site for plantings later this fall once the cornerstone is complete. Click here to see photos from the workdays. Thanks to these groups who helped: T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society Piedmont Bird Club Guilford Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society Students & faculty from NCA&T and UNCG Peacehaven Farm  News & Record for their donation of newsprint City of Greensboro for the donation of mulch and water access Greensboro Permaculture Guild for their consultation on the sheet mulching project Click here to find out more about the Innovation Cornerstone project.  Construction on the site will begin the end of March with completion of site and art by the end of May. Interested in helping at the next workday?  We have one scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 9-12 noon.  Click here for more details.