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.
Construction on southeast corner is complete between MLK Jr. Blvd/Bragg St and Gate City Blvd/Murrow Blvd.
Construction began on Smith Street between Spring and Prescott in January and was completed in September 2019. Additional landscaping will be added in the spring.
The contract to construct the Murrow Boulevard section was approved in fall 2018 and construction began in April 2019. Significant work has begun at the Gate City Boulevard intersection with new curb lines being installed, power lines relocated, and a staircase being installed near Gorrell Street. Pavement on the far eastern northbound lane has been removed. Completion is expected October 2020. Freedom Cornerstone artist will be selected in January, fabrication in spring of 2020 with anticipated installation in fall 2020.
Design is complete for the western leg along the railroad tracks from Spring Garden to Smith Street and a portion of the continued Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway from Smith Street to the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant just north of Benjamin Parkway. Railroad agreement with Norfolk Southern signed on November 8 to build trail on railroad corridor. Construction to begin in early 2020.
Greenway trail along Smith Street between Spring and Prescott Streets
Start of construction on the eastern section from Gate City Blvd to Fisher to Greene Street.
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.
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.
Have you been along Murrow Blvd lately? Don't blink because you will be surprised at how construction on the Downtown Greenway is moving along on Murrow Boulevard. Weather dependent, the eastern section of the Downtown Greenway from Gate City Blvd. to Fisher Ave. along Murrow Blvd. will be complete in October 2020. Click here to read the article in the News & Record on 9.16.19 about construction.
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
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.
Join us to celebrate the official opening of the section of the Downtown Greenway along Bragg Street from Eugene to MLK Jr. Blvd and the dedication of the MLK Jr. bust in its new location at the corner of Bragg and MLK Jr. Blvd. on Monday, January 21 at 2:00 pm after the MLK Jr. Day Parade. Click here to read article in News & Record about the MLK Jr. bust and Downtown Greenway art pieces on the newest section of the Downtown Greenway. Parking for event at New Zion Church (408 MLK Jr. Drive) and Union Square (124 E. Gate City Blvd).
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.