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Downtown Greenway Featured on NEA Blog

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Read about the Downtown Greenway on the National Endowment for the Arts blog.  Click here to see the blog entry! In July 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Greenway a grant of $100,000 as a part of its Mayor's Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative. From more than 200 applicants from across the country, the Greensboro Downtown Greenway project was selected as one of 21 grants totaling $3 million. The grant will support the restoration of an abandoned railroad underpass in a section of the Greenway to be known as Morehead Linear Park.  This phase, to be constructed beginning this fall, starts at West Lee Street and the Freeman Mill Road ramp and runs north along Freeman Mill Road to Spring Garden Street. The underpass formerly served both vehicular and pedestrian traffic from both Spring Street and Cedar Street as they merged to allow for passage beneath the North Carolina Railroad tracks that run east-west along the southern end of downtown Greensboro.  The construction of Freeman Mill Road in the mid 1970s redirected traffic, and the underpass was abandoned.  The heavily wooded site was rediscovered in early 2001 as concept plans for the Greenway were first being considered. The restoration project includes the addition of 12 decorative iron gates to be designed and fabricated by local artist Jim Gallucci and placed in existing doorways along the underpass, through which will be seen two 60-foot graphic panels depicting parts of Greensboro's history.  Cooper Carry Center for Connective Architecture, who has been involved in the project from its early conception, will oversee the design and fabrication of the panels.  In addition, innovative and artistic lighting will illuminate the entire area to be designed by local artist Scott Richardson with Light Defines Form.

City Council Member Robbie Perkins to Run 4 The Greenway

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Time is running out to pre-register for Saturday’s inaugural Run 4 the Downtown Greenway.  More than 200 runners, including Greensboro City Council Member at-large Robbie Perkins, have pre-registered for the event, which will include an 8K and 1-Mile Walk/Run. “The Downtown Greenway is an important part of transportation and wellness in Greensboro.  Once complete, it will be a transportation link for the City and help spur economic development for the downtown area,” said Perkins.  “I can’t wait until I’m 60 years old and can run and bike the entire loop.” Perkins is a graduate of Duke University and holds two track and field records in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events.  He declared his intent earlier this week to compete in the race to support the Greenway. The Run 4 the Greenway 8K and 1-Mile Walk/Run will begin at 5:30 pm and 5:00 pm respectively in Center City Park.  The 8K, nearly a five-mile course, will feature an urban loop following the Greenway detour route and through the first constructed phase of the Greenway.  An after party in Center City Park will include children’s activities, live music, and food for all. Online pre-race registration will remain open until noon on Thursday, September 9.  Registration for the 8K is $30 and $15 for the 1-Mile Walk/Run, with free registration for children 12 and under.  All proceeds benefit the Maintenance Endowment Fund for the Greenway. Runners pre-registered for Saturday’s event can pick up their race packets at Premier Commercial Bank (701 Green Valley Road, Suite 102, Lake Point Building) on Friday, September 10 from 11 am–6 pm.

Volunteers Needed for Run 4 The Greenway!

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If you are not running in the race, many volunteers are needed to help on the day of the race.  There are many different jobs during the race—something for every age and skill level.  Please pitch in and show your support!  There is something for everyone! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Morton  by email or phone 336.379.0821 at Action Greensboro.

Sign Up Now for the Run 4 the Greenway

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  Sign up now for the Run 4 the Greenway with choices of an 8K and a 1-Mile Walk/Run on Saturday, September 11.  There will be music, entertainment, food, and beverages for all at Greensboro’s Center City Park.  Proceeds go to the Maintenance Endowment for the Downtown Greenway.  

NEA Awards Downtown Greenway Prestigious Grant

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Action Greensboro announced today that The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Downtown Greenway a grant of $100,000 as a part of its Mayor’s Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative (MICD 25).  From more than 200 applicants across the country, the Greenway project was selected as one of 21 grants totaling $3 million.

Artist Brower Hatcher Completes Work on “The Gateway of the Open Book” Cornerstone

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Artist Brower Hatcher completes work on The Gateway of the Open Book Cornerstone.  This piece includes Brower’s framework with embedded items created by local artist Frank Russell in collaboration with students from the Warnersville neighborhood, Jones Elementary School, and Smith High School.  This piece will be stored in Rhode Island until the site is ready for installation, which is expected in Fall 2010.