Category: Phase Progress

Work on West Woods Project Moving Foward

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Artist Thomas Sayre is working hard on fabricating pieces for the West Woods Project along the railroad corridor on the Downtown Greenway. These wire structures will be placed inside the dug holes before the iodized concrete is poured in. And the round terrazzo stone with a stainless steel bug inlay will be placed within the concrete spiral walkway that leads to the cairn structures. We anticipate that Thomas will start installation the first of October, weather dependent, with completion of the project in November. In case you missed the article by Dawn Kane in the News & Record on Thursday, click here.    

Thomas Sayre proposal for West Woods on Phase 4

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Artist Thomas Sayre from Raleigh presented his proposal at an on-line Public Meeting on May 5 for the West Woods Project to be installed on Phase 4 along the rail-line on the Downtown Greenway.  Installation anticipated in early 2021.  Read the story in the News & Record by reported Dawn Kane. Did you miss the on-line Public Meeting on May 5?  You can watch it here and view his proposal here.  If you have any comments or suggestions about the plans, please email Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org.  

Update on design and construction

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The contract to construct the Murrow Boulevard section was approved in fall 2018 and construction began in April 2019. Significant work has been done along the entire corridor and continues despite the COVID-19 restrictions as construction is considered an essential business.  Extensive work is being done at Murrow and the Smith Street bridge due to major repairs that will need to be done to the bridge to prepare it for the installation of the greenway trail to connect to Fisher Avenue.  Completion is expected October 2020. Artist Radcliffe Bailey was selected in January to design and fabricate the last of the 4 cornerstones – Freedom at the intersection of Murrow and Gate City Boulevards (click here for more info on Radcliffe Bailey).  We hope to have a proposal over the summer months with an installation in 2021. 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. Norfolk Southern is removing tracks and other equipment from Markland Avenue to Spring Garden Street. We expect the contract to go out to bid for construction in August 2020 with a start date in early 2021. Roots First, a Winston-Salem based team that “repairs the connection between people and nature through design and communication” is working with us on a project along Smith Street called Northern Passage that will be installed summer 2020.  Click here for map of Open Sections. Removal of railroad tracks along the railroad corridor along Phase 4: Start of construction on the eastern section from Gate City Blvd to Fisher to Greene Street:   Smith Street between Prescott and Spring Streets:

Artist Thomas Sayre has been selected to create West Woods Project

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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.

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.