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Update on design and construction

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Now – June: construction complete on Eugene Street between Smith and Fisher; expect re-paving to happen by end of June. Stay tuned for updates.. Businesses along Smith, Eugene, Battleground, Fisher still OPEN for business-- please support these businesses during construction: Acropolis Restaurant Crafted Art of Street Food Deep Roots Market Joymongers Brewing Co. Orrell Design Preyer Brewing Company Select Cycle June – August 2017: Construction has begun on Fisher between Eugene and Greene; water line is finished on Fisher and traffic has moved to southside of Fisher for reconstruction of roadway.  Anticipated completion at end of August. May - June 2017: Construction began on Bragg Street between Eugene and MLK in May; completion to be determined. Summer 2017: Public meetings for Phase 4 will be scheduled for end of July/first of August. Fall 2017: The eastern section along Murrow Boulevard from Gate City Boulevard heading north, underneath Summit Avenue, and continuing on to the intersection of Fisher and Greene-- construction anticipated to start in fall 2017--will be put to out for bid fall 2017 with construction anticipated to start in first quarter 2018. December 2017:  design complete for Phase 1c with construction to take place May-October 2018. 2017/2018: Design work on the functional design began late spring 2015 on the western leg along the railroad tracks from Spring Garden to Smith Street. A final engineered design expected in December 2017, and construction expected following that. Click here to see maps of Phase 4 from Smith Street to Markland Avenue.        

SPOTLIGHT on City of Greensboro Partnerships with the Downtown Greenway

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Mike Simpson, Matti Carey, & David Andrews The City of Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department has been instrumental in keeping the 'green' in the Downtown Greenway since the first section opened in March 2010 with the opening of Five Points between South Eugene and Freeman Mill Road.  From spreading mulch, watering, replacing plants, mowing, pruning, the Parks & Recreation Staff, supervised by Mike Simpson and David Andrews who leads the crew that is responsible for maintenance, have made the Downtown Greenway a priority. They have also assisted and included the Downtown Greenway with many events over the past years-special thanks to Matti Carey for her dedication to all Greensboro trails and the Downtown Greenway. This is a partnership we are very grateful for and could not do without!  Thank you to all the Parks & Recreation staff for their dedication and service.

FREE Fitness Classes on the Downtown Greenway start on May 2

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The weather is getting warmer.... which means it is time for FREE Fitness on the Downtown Greenway! We are partnering with Bryan YMCA for the 5th year to provide great instructors and classes for FREE on the Downtown Greenway. Classes start on May 2 and run every Tuesday from 6:00 -7:00 pm May-June and August-October at Morehead Park Trailhead Parking Area (475 Spring Garden Street). No classes in July due to heat and vacations-- stay cool!   Click here for a complete list of classes and instructors. Stop by Morehead Foundry located beside the Morehead Park trailhead parking area for a sweet treat or dinner after your class!

Public Art piece ‘Grounded Here’ dedicated on May 23

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Ground Here neighborhood art bench was dedicated in its new home at the newly finished The Salvation Army Royce and Jane Reynolds Center for Worship and Service and Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, May 23. The Salvation Army has operated in Greensboro since 1904. They have had several different locations, though never further than a mile or so from downtown Greensboro. In September 2016, they located their Worship Center and Boys & Girls Club in the new facility adjacent to the Southeastern Greenway located just south of the Downtown Greenway.  The connection with the Warnersville Neighborhood and the Downtown Greenway is enhanced with the addition of Grounded Here to the Salvation Army’s campus. Grounded Here is located at the Salvation Army & Boys Club located at 1001 Freeman Mill Road at in the grassy area to the side of the building near the Southeastern Greenway. We hope you will stop by and see the artwork in it's new location. Click here to read remarks from the dedication by Barbara Peck, Downtown Greenway Public Art Consultant. Nick Johnson, local stonemason, Juan Logan, artist of Grounded Here, and James Griffin, Warnersville Resident and Member of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Board  

Get your Urban Parks Booklet today!

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The Downtown Greenway, Greensboro Downtown Parks, Folk Festival & City of Greensboro has collaborated on the 2017 Urban Parks Booklet.  The booklet lists many of the free things to do in downtown Greensboro and around town this spring, summer and fall that includes fitness, music, and the arts. Click here to download the on-line version.  If you would like a hard copy of the booklet, you can find them at most downtown businesses, LeBauer Park, Center City Park, Chamber of Commerce (111 February One Place) and Downtown Greensboro Inc (536 South Elm Street). Or email Laura Lorenz llorenz@actiongreensboro.org for a copy.

Join us for Wheels on the Greenway-May 7th from 2-4pm

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// // // 10 reasons you should bring the family to the Wheels on the Greenway on May 7 from 2-4 pm: -Bike Rodeo for kids- free bike helmet and t-shirt to all kids who attend sponsored by Crumley Roberts -You can BLING your bike with cool decorations -Morehead Foundry will have hotdogs, hamburgers, and items from the Baker and the Bean for sale & a special cookie decorating activity for kids -Bikesboro and cycles de ORO will be doing bike tune-ups  -ToadFrogs- local band from Westerwood Neighborhood will rock us with their great music -Fire Department and Police Department Bike Teams will be on hand to show their equipment and escort our bikers along the 1 mile route from Morehead Park at Spring Garden Street to Warnersville Recreation Center and back. -Pop-up Skatepark sponsored by Camara Studios, Above Board, & Board Paradise -Other groups who will be set-up and giving out information on getting active and bike safety: -Safe Guilford/Cone Health -American Heart Association/Heart Walk -City of Greensboro -MS Walk & Run -You can DONATE a gently used bike that your family has outgrown to the Warnersville Recreation Center!  Don't have a bike to donate-you can donate a used or new bike lock. -And FINALLY-- it's a FREE family fun-filled afternoon on the Downtown Greenway!

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.

SPOTLIGHT on Businesses Investing Near the Downtown Greenway: The Preyer Family

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THE PREYER FAMILY Greensboro natives, Calder and Nicole Preyer, Britt Preyer, Jr., and Will Preyer opened Preyer Brewing Company in downtown Greensboro in May 2015.  The Preyer Family comes from a line of many successful business owners in Greensboro over the past century and Preyer Brewing Company adds to that success. Calder has years of experience in the craft beer industry and a degree from Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. Nicole is behind the scenes handling the communications and business administration for the brewery. Will has the art expertise in the family and manages the businesses graphics and web design.  Britt, Jr. is sales manager for Eastern NC accounts.  Together they have helped make this section of downtown a regular destination for many Greensboro residents. "Truthfully, we aren't entirely sure how to explain why we chose to open Preyer Brewing on the Greenway.  I think our cynical side would say that from a business perspective, it made good sense, since pedestrian paths bring customers, increased profit, and more to their areas.  But it means so much more to us - it feels like being a part of keeping Greensboro, well, green. Our parks, paths, and trails are a huge part of Greensboro's character.  Our city gets a bad rap for being boring, but we disagree - sure, Greensboro isn't for everyone, but it is for the people who want to get outdoors, even in an urban environment.  It is for people who value the solitude you can find on an early morning hike on the watershed trails. It is for people who are seeking an urban city, and all the amenities that brings, but with a strong nod to the rural and the wild.  The Greenway is about building community, in line with Greensboro's outdoorsy character, and we just had to be a part of that. As business owners born and raised in Greensboro, it's in us, and we couldn't not bring that to the bar at Preyer Brewing."  Nicole Preyer, Preyer Brewing Company  

SPOTLIGHT on Businesses Investing Near the Downtown Greenway: Andy Zimmerman

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ANDY ZIMMERMAN Through his 15-year-old company, AZ Development, Andy Zimmerman works as a real estate developer, new product developer, and consultant for the outdoor industry. Previously, he was founder/owner of Legacy Paddlesports for seven years and Wilderness Systems for 15 years. Andy built and sold kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. He currently holds four patents for outdoor products. Andy has a passion for downtown rehabilitation, and he has renovated buildings for both the Forge (Greensboro's Makerspace) and Gibbs Hundred Brewing. Preyer Brewing and Crafted-Art of Street Food occupy his building on Battleground Avenue, which will be adjacent to the Downtown Greenway. In addition, AZ Development has renovated the HQ Greensboro space at 111 West Lewis Street.  Andy has just opened BoxCar Bar & Arcade at 120 West Lewis Street - it is an arcade and bar, located in downtown Greensboro, for the ultimate drinking and gaming experience! Andy shares with us his love of greenways and Greensboro: From a developer's standpoint, the Downtown Greenway is Greensboro's 'icing on the cake.' The Downtown Greenway has helped influence numerous development decisions in the downtown area; it's truly a small ingredient within the larger finished product. Andy believes that successful downtowns and cities have greenways-gathering places that tie people together-and he wants Greensboro to be a leader in greenway development. Andy is also a strong proponent of biking. He bikes every day in downtown Greensboro; he bikes for exercise or for riding 4-6 blocks to a meeting instead of getting in his car and hassling with traffic and finding a place to park. He has three bikes at HQ for members to utilize at either HQ or the Forge. At any given time, there are 5-10 bikes available for use at the Forge. Andy feels that Greensboro's downtown and the city, itself, are not complete without a finished greenway.  

SPOTLIGHT on Businesses Investing near the Downtown Greenway: Jim Jones

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JIM JONES Greensboro native Jim Jones has spent most of his professional life in the few blocks surrounding Joymongers Brewing Co.  For 25 years, he and his brother ran North State Chevrolet. Then after its sale, they developed the remaining six acres of downtown space into two Greenway apartment communities. And the beer lover that he is, Jim next partnered with Mike Rollinson and Jim's son Brian to open Joymongers. Now his new favorite activities are music and beer research!  "I have spent my professional life invested in downtown Greensboro. My partners and I recognized the intrinsic value of urban greenways long before Greensboro began theirs. This public/private venture has inspired us to create more than $30 million of new tax value in both our apartment communities and a new brewery in just the last five years. The Downtown Greenway is a home run-and it isn't even finished!" Lookout for more 'spotlights' in the coming weeks!