Click here for plans to make your own Mason Bee House.
Click here to learn more about all pollinators in an article in Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine.
Hi, my name is Reid Lorenz. I am a Senior at Grimsley High School and an approaching Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 101. You may have noticed new additions to two of the cornerstones on the Downtown Greenway, at the Edible Orchard at Meeting Place and Woven Works Park in the Bird, Bee, and Butterfly Pollinator Garden that surrounds Muddy Creek stream. These new additions are raised mason bee houses, small houses made of cedar wood and stuffed with bamboo rods that help protect and save the declining mason bee population. Recently, bees are in danger from extinction, due to parasites, pesticides, and colony collapse disorder. But when most people hear about bees becoming extinct, they automatically think of honeybees because they are more well-known and affect us more prominently as they are the main pollinators that help our food grow and end up in our homes. But mason bees are just as important. It is thought that one mason bee can do the work of 100 honeybees. Therefore, the main goal of these houses is to help these bees in their pollinating process and give them a nice home to thrive in.
In addition to designing, fabricating and installing the houses, I will also plant some pollinator plants around the bases of the three houses at Meeting Place in spring 2020. According to Charlie Headington, local permaculture gardener and member of the Permaculture Guild, mason bees prefer blue, purple, and yellow flowers, so planting purple hyacinth, blue asters, or yellow black-eyed susans are the best options. Back to the houses themselves, the reason for the bamboo inside the houses, is for each bee to have their own nest. They are known as solitary bees, because they neither live in colonies nor have a single queen. Rather, each female mason bee lays four or five eggs in small, natural holes or cavities, like the bamboo rods, each egg separated by mud. You may wonder why the houses are facing the direction that they are—mason bees are ectothermic which means that they can’t regulate their body temperature so their houses need to face a south/southeast direction so they can stay warm with the sun in the winter months.
I want to thank Dabney Sanders, Downtown Greenway Project Manager, for letting me put these houses on the Downtown Greenway and can’t wait for the bees to start to cultivate the houses in the spring.
Reid Lorenz, BSA Troop 101
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.
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.
Local artist Vandorn Hinnant installed 2 new art pieces on the southern section of the Downtown Greenway on January 17, 2019 in preparation for the ribbon cutting of this newest open section on January 21. Click here for more information about the ribbon cutting. The installation was on the front page of the News & Record-- read the full article. Dawn Kane with the News & Record wrote a great piece on the artist and the history behind the art pieces; click here to read.
The Downtown Greenway was in the NCA&T Homecoming Parade on November 3rd announcing the start of construction on the next phase along Murrow Blvd from Gate City Blvd to Greene Street starting in January 2019. Click here to see the current construction timeline.
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.
Thank you to all the volunteers, runners, walkers, and all who attended the party in Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway for the 8th Annual Run 4 the Greenway! There were some great costumes -- dogs, kids and adult! Local band from Westerwood Neighborhood- ToadFrogs rocked out the party in Morehead Park.
Click here for all the photos from the event. Special thanks to our title sponsor First Bank!
LoFi Park on the Downtown Greenway was dedicated on Saturday, September 23 with a short program with Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Home Sight bench artist Jeannette Brossart, and Councilman Justin Outling making remarks.
The News & Record featured LoFi Park on the front page of the newspaper on September 26th. If you missed it, Click here to read the article in the News & Record.
Ground Here neighborhood art bench was dedicated in its new home at the newly finished The Salvation Army Royce and Jane Reynolds Center for Worship and Service and Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, May 23. The Salvation Army has operated in Greensboro since 1904. They have had several different locations, though never further than a mile or so from downtown Greensboro. In September 2016, they located their Worship Center and Boys & Girls Club in the new facility adjacent to the Southeastern Greenway located just south of the Downtown Greenway. The connection with the Warnersville Neighborhood and the Downtown Greenway is enhanced with the addition of Grounded Here to the Salvation Army’s campus.
Grounded Here is located at the Salvation Army & Boys Club located at 1001 Freeman Mill Road at in the grassy area to the side of the building near the Southeastern Greenway. We hope you will stop by and see the artwork in it's new location. Click here to read remarks from the dedication by Barbara Peck, Downtown Greenway Public Art Consultant.
Nick Johnson, local stonemason, Juan Logan, artist of Grounded Here, and James Griffin, Warnersville Resident and Member of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Board