Author Archives: Laura Lorenz

2020 Run 4 the Greenway Virtual Challenge

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Click here to register for the virtual run. Get a sneak peek of the race route here. Check out the drone footage of the 4 mile loop here. Runners Hollis Oberlies and Brian Crean explain what a virtual challenge is-- watch here. Rosemary Plybon highlights Downtown Greenway construction and the Virtual Challenge-- click here to watch.   The #Run4Greenway is an event to raise awareness about the Downtown Greenway and a fundraiser to help us complete the Downtown Greenway as a visionary amenity for the city, its residents and visitors. The 2020 Run 4 the Greenway Virtual Challenge consists of a 4 mile run and 1 mile walk/run that you can run on your own schedule between October 17-31 and submit your results and photos on the RESULTS page and tag us at #Run4Greenway.  Grab the family, your running group, or do it on your own-- although we always encourage you to run with a partner!  There will also be a family-friendly scavenger hunt that you can do on the Downtown Greenway and throughout downtown to win prizes—learn about public art and neighborhood history along the Downtown Greenway. We will have a Pop-up Packet Pick-Up on Saturday, October 17 from 1-5pm in LoFi Park (500 N. Eugene St)—stop by to pick up the race route and Run 4 the Greenway Neck Gaiter. Participants will have an option to purchase a run shirt this year which can also be picked up on October 17th.  Swag will be mailed to participants who cannot stop by the pop-up packet pick-up-- all registered participants will get a Downtown Greenway neck gaiter. We will have a closing virtual event on Sunday, November 1 from 4-5pm.  Join us virtually on Facebook with live music with Jessica and Evan, runner prizes from local downtown businesses and sponsors and Downtown Greenway trivia! Details will be emailed to challenge participants. Prizes from Machete, Sage Mule, Deep Roots, Moore Music, Triad Lifestyle Medicine, Bryan YMCA, Scuppernong Books, First Bank, and more. Prizes from these great local businesses:

Work on West Woods Project Moving Foward

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Artist Thomas Sayre is working hard on fabricating pieces for the West Woods Project along the railroad corridor on the Downtown Greenway. These wire structures will be placed inside the dug holes before the iodized concrete is poured in. And the round terrazzo stone with a stainless steel bug inlay will be placed within the concrete spiral walkway that leads to the cairn structures. We anticipate that Thomas will start installation the first of October, weather dependent, with completion of the project in November. In case you missed the article by Dawn Kane in the News & Record on Thursday, click here.    

Call to Artists for Morehead Park Mural Project

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Repairs to the bridge supports were made overhead at the Morehead Park trailhead parking area on the Downtown Greenway along Spring Garden Street in 2019 and early 2020. Unfortunately all of the paint design on the bridge supports was removed as a part of that process.  The Greenway Public Art Selection Panel has issued a call to artists to commission a replacement for this work.  Click here for how to submit a proposal. Submissions will be due on September 10, 2020.

Celebrate 2020 National Trails Day during the month of June

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Since we could not celebrate on June 6th, we're celebrating National Trails Day with the City of Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department the entire month of June! Each Monday, we will share videos and pics in an eblast of residents enjoying the Downtown Greenway and other trails in the area and on social media every day.  Not receiving our eblasts?  Email Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org to be added to the list.  Click here to go to our Facebook page. You can also see all pics here and videos here. We hope you will get out and find some new trails that you have not experienced before. You can search hundreds of local parks, trails and recreation opportunities in the Piedmont Discovery App. Click here for more info. 

2020 FREE Fitness Classes start on June 2

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We are excited to announce that the FREE Fitness classes on the Downtown Greenway will begin on June 2!  We are partnering with the Bryan YMCA for the 8th year to offer free fitness classes every Tuesday from 6-7pm through the end of September.  Classes are held at Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway (475 Spring Garden Street).  We will practice safe, social distancing for each class.  Please bring  your own water bottle and mat to each class, as no equipment will be provided this year.  Questions?  Contact Laura Lorenz llorenz@actiongreensboro.org.

Share your favorite part of the Downtown Greenway or Greensboro Trail

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Do you have a favorite part of the Downtown Greenway and/or other trail that you walk or ride in Guilford County? We want to hear from you! Take a short video (horizontal in direction and 15 secs or less) or a pic and tell us where and why you like a specific part of the Downtown Greenway and/or your favorite trail.  Send them to llorenz@actiongreensboro.org by May 29.  We will share these on Greensboro Parks & Recreation and Downtown Greenway social media as part of our June celebration of National Trails Day.

Virtual Events for Bike Month

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We hope you will get out in the month of May to ride your bike on all the trails and greenways in Greenboro while keeping a safe social distance. The City of Greensboro and BIG are offering several events during bike month; see below. Cory Phillips, Executive Director of the Roberts Center at Crumley Roberts shared a short video with us on how to stay safe on the roads and properly fit your bike helmet.  Click here to view.    

Thomas Sayre proposal for West Woods on Phase 4

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Artist Thomas Sayre from Raleigh presented his proposal at an on-line Public Meeting on May 5 for the West Woods Project to be installed on Phase 4 along the rail-line on the Downtown Greenway.  Installation anticipated in early 2021.  Read the story in the News & Record by reported Dawn Kane. Did you miss the on-line Public Meeting on May 5?  You can watch it here and view his proposal here.  If you have any comments or suggestions about the plans, please email Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org.  

Tips on keeping safe as you are out on trails and greenways

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We hope this post fines you well and healthy!  Hope you are getting outside on Greensboro's great trails and greenways and enjoying this spring weather while social distancing!  Here are some tips for staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak: Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc. Do not visit trails/parks if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been recently exposed to the virus and do not have symptoms (within 14 days). Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike. Use parks/trails near your home instead of traveling and avoided parks that are crowded and the six feet rule cannot apply. Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn. Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms. Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable. The CDC has other recommendations for using parks and recreational facilities here. Click here to find trails and parks near your home.  And find out here which sections of the Downtown Greenway are open and closest to your home.