As we approach the cooler Fall temperatures, we are excited to share that walking tours are back! These free guided tours of the Downtown Greenway are a great way to explore and learn al the intricacies of the greenway. Join us to learn how the greenway came to be, Greensboro's history, surrounding neighborhoods, public art installations, environmental stewardship, community stories, economic impact, future projects, and more!
Tours will start and finish at LoFi Park (500 N. Eugene Street) and be led by Program Coordinator, Chelsea Phipps, or Project Manager, Dabney Sanders. Each tour is approximately 3 hours and will cover the entire 4-mile loop, including the three miles of completed greenway and also the future section to be constructed along the western side. Space is limited for each tour, which are offered monthly on Saturday mornings from 9 am - 12 noon, during September to December.
Register online to reserve your space.
We are back for the 13th Annual Downtown Greenway Run & Block Party on Saturday, October 8 from 4-8 pm at LoFi Park! Join us for the 1-mile fun run/walk/stroll or the 4-miled timed run, and stay for the after party! The route follows the completed sections of the Downtown Greenway, and the official detour route along the western side. All registered participants will receive this year's event t-shirt, post-run refreshments, and 2 drink tickets - redeemable for beer (age 21+) or soda, juice, or water.
This year's Block Party features a DJ, local food trucks, sponsor tents with giveaways, tailgate-style games, children's activities, raffle items, vendor booths, prize drawings, and more! Be there to join the fun - all ages and dogs are welcome!
Registration is open for the 1-mile and 4-mile events - don't delay and register today! Early Bird pricing continues through August 31, 2022.
A special thank you to all our fabulous sponsors for this year's event:
Dawn S. Chaney Foundation
City of Greensboro
Joymongers Brewing Co.
The Cemala Foundation
Deep Roots Market
Downtown Greensboro Inc.
Greensboro Parks Foundation
Fox Rothschild LLP
Greensboro Municipal Federal Credit Union
Local businesses and organizations can apply to be a vendor and setup at the event.
Interested in volunteering? We have lots of opportunities to help as course monitors, at water stations, and throughout the block party event. Sign-up to volunteer and receive an event t-shirt and snacks!
For complete event details, schedule, and more please visit tinyurl.com/DGrun or contact Event & Race Director, Chelsea Phipps.
May 22 marked the official opening of Thomas Sayre's piece called Cairn's Course at WestWoods along the railroad corridor on the western side of the Downtown Greenway. We also celebrated the soon to start construction of the final 1 mile of the 4 mile loop of the Downtown Greenway that will start later this year. If you were unable to attend, click here to watch the Facebook Live event.
Read recent article about the project by Dawn Kane in the News & Record.
Re-painting of the bridge supports at Morehead Park is complete! Local artist Darlene McClinton and team have added new life to the bridge supports and named it Bridging the Gap. Click here to read News & Record article by Dawn Kane. Watch the Live for 45 Session on December 9 at noon with Darlene and part of her creative team on their experience: Jennifer Meanley-UNCG Art Professor/MFA program, Neidy Perdomo- Local Graphic Designer, James Raleigh - Local Artist.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Click here to join the webinar on Tuesday, May 5 at 12 noon. Password is:
Then add your email address.
Find out more about Thomas Sayre's work here.
Artist Thomas Sayre has been selected to create the West Woods Project on Phase 4 along the railtrail on the Downtown Greenway. Thomas is a Raleigh-based artist and architect and has constructed works of art all over the world. To create his art, he uses earth and soil from the ground where his sculptures will eventually stand to form earth casts. On-line public meeting will be planned for May to give the public the opportunity to view his proposal for the West Woods Project and to provide feedback. Click here to watch a segment from UNC-TV on the process that Thomas uses to create his art.