The Downtown Greenway, a collaborative project of the City of Greensboro and Action Greensboro, is a planned 4 mile walking and biking trail that will encourage economic development, increase the tax base for the city, and will improve quality of life for its citizens. This urban loop around the center city of downtown Greensboro will enhance the urban landscape with a green space that will promote fitness, connectedness and well-being for our residents and visitors in an aesthetically pleasing environment. The loop itself provides a unique opportunity for Greensboro to have the only one of its kind in the state and one of the few in the country. With its emphasis on public art, the Greenway will tell stories and engage users of the trail in a unique and authentic way. In addition, with the connections to the extensive existing and planned trails systems in the city and the county, this loop as the hub of the entire system, will connect residents from all parts of the community and beyond. With 1 ½ miles built and open to the public, and another 1 ½ miles to go under construction this year, the Downtown Greenway is expected to be completed in 2019/2020.
Action Greensboro is a leading voice in urban livability, civic engagement, educational advancement and initiatives to attract and retain young professionals in Greensboro. Established in 2001, the non-profit organization has championed a variety of initiatives aimed at enhancing the city’s quality of life. We uphold and share a bold vision for advancing the community to meet the demands of the 21st century, while driving this vision with quick action, determination, high energy and nimbleness. Learn more about Action Greensboro here.
The City of Greensboro works with the community to improve the quality of life for residents through inclusion, diversity, and trust. The City has a professional staff of more than 3,000 employees who maintain the values of honesty, integrity, stewardship, and respect. Greensboro is governed by a council-manager form of government with a mayor and eight council members. For more information on the City, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov or call 336-373-CITY (2489).
The planning process involves a variety of Action Greensboro and City of Greensboro staff along with volunteers and organizational support. Volunteers and staff for the Greenway participate in various community meetings, sharing information with citizens about Greenway plans. Many organizations have become involved in efforts to make the Greenway a reality.
Here are some of the nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and other groups that are throwing their support behind the Greenway: Greensboro Bicentennial Commission, Action Greensboro and Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Department of Transportation, and Fit Community (project of NC Health & Wellness Trust Fund)
Foundations: The Bryan Foundation, The Cemala Foundation, The Ellison Foundation, The Phillips Foundation, The Sternberger-Tannenbaum Foundation, The Weaver Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and Cone Health Foundation
Local Government: Guilford County (Commission, Departments of Planning, Economic Development, School Administration, School Board and Health Department); City of Greensboro (City Council, Transportation, Parks & Recreation, Housing & Community Development and Planning, Engineering & Inspections, Police and Water Resources); Greensboro Public Library; Greensboro Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Non-Profits: Downtown Greensboro, Inc.; Downtown Greensboro Residents’ Association, ArtsGreensboro, Piedmont Land Conservancy, Bicycling In Greensboro (BIG), Preservation Greensboro, Greensboro Beautiful, Greensboro Neighborhood Congress, Greensboro Children’s Museum, Think Eat Grown, Audubon Society, NC Native Plant Society, Permaculture Guild, Greensboro Downtown Parks, Bryan YMCA, Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, and East Greensboro Now
Universities: Bennett College, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro College, Guilford College, NCA&T, and UNCG
Want to get involved in the Downtown Greenway?
Contact Downtown Greenway Project Manager, Dabney Sanders at 336.387.8353 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.