The Downtown Greenway will be a catalyst to significant economic development in East Greensboro. We can expect to see additional commercial and residential development surrounding the Greenway. Several developers have already expressed an interest in the area. East Greensboro Now has been a supporter of the initiative since its inception. A game changer for East Greensboro is now in place
Mac Sims is the president of East Greensboro NOW, a Community Development Corporation. EGN leads the economic development initiative in east Greensboro, provides a variety of support to east Greensboro neighborhoods, and conducts programs for new and existing entrepreneurs. Since East Greensboro NOW’s inception, the community has seen significant economic development totaling over $250 million in a variety of ventures, such as: shopping centers, apartments, new businesses, streetscapes, and community centers.
The Downtown Greenway is commissioning the last of the 4 cornerstones called the Freedom Cornerstone to be located at the corner of Murrow Blvd and Gate City Blvd. The theme of “Freedom” was inspired by the City’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, especially the non-violent protests of the pivotal 1960 Greensboro lunch-counter sit-ins that served as a catalyst to the larger movement. Racial justice and equity have played an important role in shaping our city and defining its identity. The selected artist will be asked to explore this history in depth as they conceive of a vision for the artwork. Over 65 artists from around the country submitted artist proposals for the cornerstone. Four artists have been selected to come to Greensboro to share their vision for the cornerstone artwork with the public.
Public meeting will be held for each of the 4 artist(s) to give presentations on their work and their vision for designing the Freedom Cornerstone if selected. The public meetings below are free and open to the public. All public meetings will be held at the Historic Magnolia House, 442 Gorrell Street in Greensboro.
October 22 from 5:30-6:30 pm for artist Radcliffe Bailey from Atlanta, Georgia.
November 6 from 5:30-6:30 pm for artists David Wilson and Stephen Hayes from Durham, North Carolina.
November 12 from 5:30-6:30 pm for artists Norman Lee and Shane Albritton from Houston, Texas.
November 21 from 5:30-6:30 pm for artists Ayokunle Odeley from Stone Mountain, Georgia and Walt Havener from Durham, North Carolina.
Click here to read the press release on the artists visits and here to read recent article in News & Record by Dawn Kane.
We are seeking artists from across the country to submit a proposal for the Freedom Cornerstone, which is the last of the 4 cornerstones to be built on the Downtown Greenway.
The theme of "Freedom" was inspired by the City's role in the Civil Rights Movement, especially the non-violent protests of the pivotal 1960 Greensboro lunch-counter sit-ins that served as a catalyst to the larger movement. Racial justice and equity have played an important role in shaping our city and defining its identity. The selected artist will be asked to explore this history in depth as they conceive of a vision for the artwork.
The deadline for submissions is August 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Click here for submission guidelines and more information. Questions? Contact Public Art Consultant, Barbara Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan2Play is Greensboro Parks and Recreation's new system-wide Master Plan.
Plan2Play will provide a framework for the use and development of the City park system for the next 20 years. The planning process will review the department’s current operations and provide recommendations, priorities, and strategies for meeting the changing recreation needs of the community. Parks and Recreation has completed a draft of Plan2Play for consideration by the community.
Residents have until January 31 to review and comment on the draft of Plan2Play before it goes to the City Council for consideration and potential adoption. Click here to review the draft and here to make comments.
The Downtown Greenway is accepting applications for temporary art installations on the Downtown Greenway.
Click here to find out more about guidelines for submitting a proposal. To submit a proposal using the on-line form, click here. Questions? Contact Dabney Sanders at email@example.com
Do you use Parks & Recreation programs? How can they do things better?
Come out and share you ideas at: Greensboro Parks & Recreation Play2Play Public Workshop
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 North Davie Street
Drop in from 5:00-8:00 pm;
Short presentations at 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, & 7:00 pm
Click here for more information.
The Summit Avenue Streetscape Project
Final Design Public Meeting
Thursday, February 22, 20018
Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Avenue
Open house format, drop in anytime.
Click here for more information. Comments can be made before March 8th by going to the City's website. Questions? Contact Eric Tart at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two meetings are planned for residents of Ole Asheboro and Asheboro Square to meet with Vandorn Hinnant to start a conversation about the neighborhoods relationship to the Downtown Greenway. Please join us on two consecutive Mondays, January 29 and February 5th at 6:00 pm at New Zion Church, 408 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Questions? Please contact Bob Powell 336.772.5109. All residents of Ole Asheboro and Asheboro Square were mailed an invitation; all are welcome. Click here for the meeting invitation. Click here to find out more about Vandorn and his work.
If you were unable to attend the Public Meetings for Phase 4 on November 30, you can still review the plans and leave comments. Click here to review the plans. Click here to take the short survey and share your comments. Deadline for comments is December 15.
Phase 4 consists of the railroad corridor along the western edge of downtown heading northwest from Spring Garden Street to just north of Benjamin Parkway and the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant. The design plans are at the 75% stage of completion; this is the last opportunity to provide feedback before the final plans are complete.
The Downtown Greenway has been invited to participate in this year’s Well Spring Tree Decorating Contest. The decorated trees from 12 local non-profits will be displayed in Well Spring’s lobby beginning at their Opening Reception on November 30th through December 13th. The public is invited to stop by Well Spring from November 30-December 13 between 8:00 am-8:00 pm to view all the trees and vote for the tree that they like the best (and of course we hope that you vote for the Downtown Greenway tree!). Well Spring Retirement Community is located at 4100 Well Spring Drive off of Battleground Avenue on the north side of Greensboro.
The voting is open to the general public. People may come out to vote daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through December 13
People may visit as many times as they want to vote – but NO MORE THAN ONE VISIT PER DAY. Each visit, they get up to 3 votes – and they can use their votes however they wish. For example, on a visit they might want to use all 3 votes for the same tree, or they may divide their votes between 2 or 3 trees
Each participating organization automatically receives $500. The organization’s tree that receives the most votes will win an additional $2,000 from Well-Spring.
A sneak peek of the Downtown Greenway tree…..