Category: Phase Progress

Roof Raised on Tradition Cornerstone

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Over 50 people attended the ‘roof raising’ of the Meeting Place structure onto the Tradition Cornerstone site located at the corner of Smith and Prescott Streets in December.  Lajos Heder, one of the artists from Harries + Heder Collaborative was on site to supervise the placing of the roof onto the structure. A Big Belly solar-powered trash receptacle and drinking fountain have since been installed at the site.  Work continues on the site and depending on the weather, plans are to have the site completed by the end of March 2014-just in time for Spring! This will be a great site for picnics, family gatherings, birthday parties, and a place to have lunch during your workday.  Look for an upcoming announcement for the ribbon cutting.  We hope to see you there!

Tradition Cornerstone Under Construction!

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The Tradition Cornerstone is now under construction!  Developed by artists Mags Harries & Lajos Heder, the second of four cornerstones along the Downtown Greenway is located at the intersection of Smith & Spring Streets in the northwest corner of the 4-mile loop.  Work has begun and will continue through March 2014.   Click here for photos and more information about the design and fabrication process.

The Comment Period Has Ended: However, you can still view the plans for Phase 2 & the Tradition Cornerstone!

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The comment period has ended; however you can still view the plans for the 50% design of Phase 2 and the Tradition Cornerstone. To review the 50% design plans for Phase 2, please click each document below: Phase 2 Plans-Exhibit 1 Phase 2 Plans-Exhibit 2 Rendering of Phase 2 To view the design of the Tradition Cornerstone by Harries & Héder, click here. If you have questions, please contact Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, at dsanders@actiongreensboro.org.  

Put a Little Downtown Greenway in Your Garden

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With April coming to a close, this weekend is a good time to sneak in some last minute plants and flowers.  Greensboro’s permaculture expert and Downtown Greenway consultant Charlie Headington offers a few ideas to feed the "thieves" and other beneficial insects needed to maintain a healthy organic garden. "Some for the thieves, some for the birds, and some for us," Charlie says.  "Beneficial insects manage the not-so-beneficial insects, or insects that we don't want.  In an organic garden, you let insects manage other insects." Butterfly Garden Butterfly Bush - attracts the yellow swallowtail butterfly Butterfly Weed - a bright orange flower, which attracts monarch butterflies Pawpaw Tree - produces edible fruit, which attracts the zebra swallowtail butterfly Ground cover plants that attract beneficial insects Ajuga Stonecrop Strawberry Pennyroyal White clover (attracts honeybees for clover honey) Hide a fence or garden wall Trumpet honeysuckle (for the hummingbirds) [caption id="attachment_1816" align="alignright" width="300"] Charlie Headington's plans for the West Smith and Prescott Streets' cornerstone orchard.[/caption] These plants and flowers will be included in the proposed orchard and garden design that Charlie created for the West Smith and Prescott Street area near the Greenway.  Read the Greensboro News & Record article on the garden’s planned design and for more information about the planned sculptures and seating area designed by Boston, MA, architects Mags Harries and Lajos Héder. Learn more about Permaculture Gardening with Charlie Headington.  Charlie is hosting a Permaculture Gardening Workshop on Saturday, April 27.  To register, email charlie.headington@gmail.com.

We Want Your Input on the 50% Design of Phase 2 & the Tradition Cornerstone!

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If you were unable to attend the Public Meetings on April 10 and 11, you still have a chance to share your thoughts about the 50% Design Plans for Phase 2 (Murrow Boulevard and Lee Street to Fisher/Greene) and on the proposed design of the Tradition Cornerstone by Harries & Héder.  Click here to take the survey.  Comments can be submitted online through Friday, April 26.  We appreciate your input! To review the 50% design plans for Phase 2, please click each document below: Phase 2 Plans-Exhibit 1 Phase 2 Plans-Exhibit 2 Rendering of Phase 2 To view the design of the Tradition Cornerstone by Harries & Héder, click here. If you have questions, please contact Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, at dsanders@actiongreensboro.org.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration & Community Input on Design of Tradition Cornerstone & Phase 2

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Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration of Phase 3B on Smith Street between Eugene and Spring Streets on Wednesday, April 10 from 3:15–4:00 pm, followed by a Community Input Meeting to share your thoughts on the proposed design for the Tradition Cornerstone by Harries & Heder and on the 50% design plan for Phase 2 (Murrow Boulevard and East Fisher Avenue) from 4:00–6:00 pm on April 10. If you are not able to join us on April 10 for the Ribbon Cutting and Community Input meeting, please join us for a second chance to share your comments of the proposed designs on Thursday, April 11 from 11:00 am–1:00 pm. The Ribbon Cutting and Community Input Meetings on April 10 and 11 will be held at the clubhouse at the Greenway at Fisher Park Apartments located at 404 West Smith Street. Click here for a public meeting flyer.  Questions?  Contact Action Greensboro at 379.0821.

Phase 3B Complete

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Phase 3B, the section along Smith Street between Spring and Eugene, is now complete.  This section features Eco-Gardens, innovative stormwater treatment facilities that transform impervious street surfaces into landscaped green spaces that capture polluted stormwater runoff.  The plants and soil filter the polluted runoff as it soaks back into the ground, replenishing the groundwater supply.  The storm drains also create attractive streetscapes, urban green spaces, and provide a natural habitat. With the Greenway at Fisher Park Apartments adjacent to the Greenway and Deep Roots Market opening in March, it is a great time to check out the new developments happening along the northern edge of Downtown Greensboro!

Phase 3B Now Under Construction

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The Downtown Greenway will be constructed along the north side of Smith Street between North Eugene and Spring Streets, directly adjacent to the new Greenway at Fisher Park Apartments.  Lane closures can be expected as the curb and utilities on the south side of Smith will be relocated further north to accommodate necessary roadway adjustments. This section will feature innovative storm water treatment facilities in addition to the usual trail standards.  Eventually, this section will continue west to Prescott Street along the south side of Smith, north along Eugene Street, and east along Fisher to Greene Street.

Celebration and Opening of the Morehead Park Section of the Downtown Greenway!

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The ribbon cutting for Morehead Park (from Lee Street north to Spring Garden Street along the East side of Freeman Mill Road) of the Downtown Greenway will be held Sunday, May 6 from 2:00–5:00 pm.  Numerous features within this ¼-mile section of the Downtown Greenway, known as Morehead Linear Park, will be dedicated and unveiled. A North Carolina Railroad trestle that has been abandoned since the mid-1970s is now transformed into a gallery of gates by sculptor Jim Gallucci, with interactive lighting effects designed by Scott Richardson of Light Defines Form.  Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through their Mayor’s Institute on City Design’s 25th Anniversary Initiative, we are thrilled that Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the NEA, will be in attendance to help celebrate this unveiling. The first of four cornerstone sculptures that mark major intersections along the Downtown Greenway will be installed at the intersection of West Lee Street and Freeman Mill Road.  The Gateway of the Open Book by artist Brower Hatcher of Providence, RI, represents the theme of Motion and will sit 22’ tall and 32’ wide.  The steel matrix set on six columns is embedded with objects created by Greensboro artist Frank Russell and students from the Warnersville neighborhood, including those from neighboring Jones Elementary School and Smith High School.  Surrounding the cornerstone is the Pat Sullivan Education Garden, which honors the legacy of UNCG’s former Chancellor and highlights the importance of higher education in the City’s history. The second of 12 artist benches representing neighborhood themes will also be recognized.  This seating arrangement by Ben Kastner and Toby Keeton of Wilmington, NC, consists of a concrete and iron bench and a “Tobacco” chair, both echoing the style of furnishings in the nearby Blandwood mansion, home of Governor John Motley Morehead. Finally, a trailhead parking area at Spring Garden Street will be embellished with a significant mural project designed and executed by Primary Flight, the nationally recognized artist collaborative based in Miami, FL.  The community will have an opportunity to watch the artists at work as they paint during a 3-week residency at elsewhere and will be invited to join the painting process as well. An exciting afternoon will unfold with walking tours of the entire site, food vendors, entertainment by Laurelyn Dossett and her band, as well as activities for both kids and adults. Click here to see the full invitation!  The event is FREE and open to the public!

Phase 1A Construction is Booming!

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Construction on phase 1A running from West Lee Street to Spring Garden street along the east side of Freeman Mill Road began last month.  Clearing and grading to make way for the stormwater/sewer and the Greenway is well underway as you can see.  Completion of this section is expected this fall (2012). Stay tuned for more details!