Susan Schwartz, Chuck Cornelio, and Trip Brown submitted a Counterpoint to the Greensboro News & Record Short Stack on October 24, 2011. Their rebuttal and reaction was printed in the November 5, 2011 News & Record. Click here to read the full piece.
Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on a very windy day on April 2 to kick off the construction of Phase 1A (from Lee Street to Spring Garden Street along Freeman Mill Road). More than 60 volunteers filled 150+ bags with trash and recyclables along this quarter-mile section of the Greenway in conjunction with the Great American Clean Up and Greensboro Beautiful’s city-wide clean up. Your help and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated. Thanks for supporting your Greenway!
Greensboro Trek Bike Shop has generously donated a Trek 3500 bicycle to raffle off in support of the Downtown Greenway! All raffle proceeds benefit the Downtown Greenway Endowment Fund. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets. Tickets will be on sale until the Phase 1A Groundbreaking at the Greensboro Trek Bike Store located at 1209 Battleground Avenue. The bike will be raffled off at the Downtown Greenway Phase 1A Groundbreaking this Spring. We hope you’ll attend the Groundbreaking, but you do not have to be present to win. Go check out their store and buy your tickets today!
Read about the Downtown Greenway on the National Endowment for the Arts
blog. Click here to see the blog entry!
In July 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Greenway a grant of $100,000 as a part of its Mayor's Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative. From more than 200 applicants from across the country, the Greensboro Downtown Greenway project was selected as one of 21 grants totaling $3 million.
The grant will support the restoration of an abandoned railroad underpass in a section of the Greenway to be known as Morehead Linear Park. This phase, to be constructed beginning this fall, starts at West Lee Street and the Freeman Mill Road ramp and runs north along Freeman Mill Road to Spring Garden Street.
The underpass formerly served both vehicular and pedestrian traffic from both Spring Street and Cedar Street as they merged to allow for passage beneath the North Carolina Railroad tracks that run east-west along the southern end of downtown Greensboro. The construction of Freeman Mill Road in the mid 1970s redirected traffic, and the underpass was abandoned. The heavily wooded site was rediscovered in early 2001 as concept plans for the Greenway were first being considered.
The restoration project includes the addition of 12 decorative iron gates to be designed and fabricated by local artist Jim Gallucci and placed in existing doorways along the underpass, through which will be seen two 60-foot graphic panels depicting parts of Greensboro's history. Cooper Carry Center for Connective Architecture, who has been involved in the project from its early conception, will oversee the design and fabrication of the panels. In addition, innovative and artistic lighting will illuminate the entire area to be designed by local artist Scott Richardson with Light Defines Form.
The 2010 Greensboro city budget includes $1,482,196 allocated for the Downtown Greenway, which allows for the construction of Phase 1A and the Eugene Street Pedestrian Refuge Island, as well as continued design work on the remaining sections of the Greenway. This 2010 budget is a partial allocation of the $7 million in funds approved by voters for the Greenway in the 2008 Street Improvement Bonds.