Category: Community Input

A ‘Green’ Dream: Imagining Greensboro in 2030

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Corey Hillman shares ideas for making Greensboro a walkable city. What can you do to help make this dream into a reality? Click here to his read article. Corey Hillman is a graduate of Baylor University holding a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is a Greensboro native and a member of the Communications Committee for the Downtown Greenway. You can follow him at @GboroPhysio.

Freedom Cornerstone Artist Announced

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We are excited to announce that Artist RADCLIFFE BAILEY has been selected to design and fabricate the Freedom Cornerstone on the Downtown Greenway. Radcliffe is a painter, sculptor, and mixed media artist from Atlanta, Georgia who brings an international reputation to the project and a history of telling stories of African American history and culture.   A series of Public Meetings with Radcliffe will be planned this spring to give him the opportunity to learn about Greensboro's culture and history. We anticipate design and fabrication of the Freedom Cornerstone this summer and fall, with an installation in early 2021. Click here for samples of Radcliffe's work. Click here to read the entire press release.

Spotlight on East Greensboro NOW

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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.

Artists Visits for Selection of Downtown Greenway Freedom Cornerstone

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  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.

Call to Artists for the Freedom Cornerstone

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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 jbpeck@mac.com

Plan2Play Master Plan

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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.

Two Upcoming City Workshops: Summit Ave Streetscape & Plan2Play

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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 6:00-8:00 pm 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 eric.tart@greensboro-nc.gov 

Two Meetings planned for input on next public art piece on the Downtown Greenway in Ole Asheboro and Asheboro Square

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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.