The Downtown Greenway is a collaboration between Action Greensboro and the City of Greensboro, with split responsibilities and shared oversight of various components related to the project. With the Downtown Greenway nearing completion, some specific areas have recently transitioned, as has been planned for a number of years.
Effective July 1, 2022, all greenway programming, communications, volunteerism and education have transitioned from Action Greensboro to the City of Greensboro, and specifically, with Greensboro Parks and Recreation. A new full-time position was created to coordinate these efforts, with Chelsea Phipps now serving as the Greenways & Gardens Program Coordinator, and the main point of contact for the Downtown Greenway.
Action Greensboro remains heavily involved, with Downtown Greenway Project Manager, Dabney Sanders, continuing oversight of project timelines, construction updates, public art, site furnishings, and finances. Greensboro Parks and Recreation is now managing the Downtown Greenway website, social media accounts, e-newsletter, volunteer opportunities, public programming, educational workshops, large events, and collaborative partnerships. This is in addition to the daily operations, maintenance, landscaping and general upkeep of the greenway, which continues to be managed by Botanical Gardens staff within Greensboro Parks and Recreation.
To learn more about the transition, or with any questions you may have, please contact Chelsea Phipps.
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.
Click here for more information and here for the article about the announcement in the News & Record. Read the Opinion piece in the News & Record on 11.12.19 here.
Construction started last week on the two remaining blocks on Smith Street from Prescott to Spring which will complete the northern section. Anticipated completion of construction will be in April. Then construction will begin on the largest section of the Downtown Greenway-- the eastern section along Murrow Blvd from Gate City Blvd to Fisher and Greene.
Click here to watch the segment on Spectrum News about the current construction. Beth Boulton, owner of Boulton Creative, talks about how construction on Smith Street and the Downtown Greenway are affecting her business-- in a good way!
Over 100 people came out on Monday, January 21 after the MLK Jr. Parade to celebrate the opening of the southern section of the Downtown Greenway along Bragg Street and the relocation and dedication of the MLK Jr. Bust first fabricated by local resident Wilbur Mapp and refurbished by artist Jim Gallucci. Click here to see all the photos from the event.
Greensboro Commercial developer and CEO of Kotis Holdings, Marty Kotis, talks about the Downtown Greenway in a recent blog post: Greenways Provide Exceptional Opportunities for Experiential Retail & Economic Development in GSO. Click here to read the full post.
Thanks to Josh Sherrick and Matt Felts from the Arts & Events Department of Parks & Recreation for hosting Dabney Sanders, Project Manager and Laura Lorenz, Project Assistant on their latest episode of Gate City Chatter weekly podcast about the Downtown Greenway.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
Construction has started on Phase 1c between Bragg Street/Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Gate City Blvd/Murrow Blvd. Anticipated construction completion by end of the year.
The contract was approved at Tuesday night's City Council meeting for Phase 3c along Smith Street between Prescott and Spring Streets. Anticipated start of construction in August. Keep up-to-date on construction progress here.
News & Record columnist Susan Ladd writes article in December 6, 2017 edition on how the Downtown Greenway keeps getting better as each section is built and plans are finalized for remaining sections-- and we would agree! Click here to read the article. Susan also talked with Jeff Moore a designer from Kimley-Horn at the Phase 4 Public Meetings on November 30th and filmed him explaining the plans. Click here to watch the video. If you would like to review the plans for the final section of the Downtown Greenway on Phase 4, please go to the City's website. You can also share your comments on the plans by taking the short survey. Deadline for comments is December 15, 2017.
Click here for the updated construction timeline for the project.
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.