Dabney Sanders, Downtown Greenway Project Manager and Bob Powell, Neighborhood Consultant, talk about Greensboro Greenways at the 2020 NC BikeWalk Virtual Summit Click here to watch. The Downtown Greenway, a collaborative project of the City of Greensboro and Action Greensboro, is a partially completed four-mile walking and biking trail that is encouraging economic development, increasing the tax base for the city, and improving quality of life for its citizens. This urban loop around the center city of downtown Greensboro is a green space that promotes fitness, connectedness and well-being for residents and visitors. It is re-purposing a former railroad line and a partially built highway. The lovely public art along the Greenway tells stories and engages users of the trail in a unique and authentic way. With connections to existing and planned trails systems, this loop is the hub of the system, and connects residents from all parts of the community. This presentation outlines how this project was funded through a public private partnership, and shows the role that public art can play in telling community stories. You will see not only the stunning art but the work that was done to engage and include the historically black neighborhoods that the Downtown Greenway passes through in the planning process.
Piedmont Legacy Trails Fall Conversation Series presented Equity on Trails: Creating Inclusive Outdoor Spaces. A Greensboro Downtown Greenway Panel of Partners will share two aspects of their inclusive planning process for the greenway: (1) engaging traditionally marginalized neighborhoods in the planning process; and (2) creating Woven Works, one of the Downtown Greenway’s four cornerstone art installations that includes interactive and accessible elements designed for people with disabilities. Speakers include: Dabney Sanders – Project Manager for the Greensboro Downtown Greenway. James Griffin – born and raised in Warnersville, founder of the Warnersville Historical and Beautification Society, and Director of Real Estate for NC Central University. Randy Walker – Minneapolis based artist who designed Woven Works Park on the Downtown Greenway. Phelps Sprinkle – VP Development and Donor Services for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and a parent of Roxie, a child with special needs. Phelps has worked and volunteered for disability providers and met lots of parents and kids across those years which has helped inform his perspective for more inclusive opportunities for all. Click here to watch the conversation.
Do you have a favorite part of the Downtown Greenway and/or other trail that you walk or ride in Guilford County? We want to hear from you! Take a short video (horizontal in direction and 15 secs or less) or a pic and tell us where and why you like a specific part of the Downtown Greenway and/or your favorite trail. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 29. We will share these on Greensboro Parks & Recreation and Downtown Greenway social media as part of our June celebration of National Trails Day.
We hope this post fines you well and healthy! Hope you are getting outside on Greensboro's great trails and greenways and enjoying this spring weather while social distancing! Here are some tips for staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak: Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc. Do not visit trails/parks if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been recently exposed to the virus and do not have symptoms (within 14 days). Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike. Use parks/trails near your home instead of traveling and avoided parks that are crowded and the six feet rule cannot apply. Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn. Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms. Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable. The CDC has other recommendations for using parks and recreational facilities here. Click here to find trails and parks near your home. And find out here which sections of the Downtown Greenway are open and closest to your home.
DEADLINE FOR REDUCED RATE IS AUGUST 31-- SIGN UP TODAY! Mark your calendar for a new date and location and BIG block party to celebrate the 10th Annual Block Party & Run 4 the Greenway on Saturday, September 14th from 4-8pm in LoFi (lower Fisher) Park on the Downtown Greenway. The event consists of a 4 mile run, 1 mile walk/run, and a big party in LoFi Park, 500 North Eugene Street. The 10th Annual Block Party & Run 4 the Greenway is in a new location this year with a new race route on the northern section of the Downtown Greenway & in the Westerwood neighborhood. The block party will expand from LoFi Park, along Eugene into Deep Roots Parking lot with good food available for purchase from Crafted Art of Street Food, Kono Pizza, Kona Ice & Deep Roots Market and beer from Preyer Brewing. Kids’ activities and lots of new vendors/organizations will participate in the block party. Local band Gipsy Danger will provide live music. Click here for the schedule and more details. Click here to register for the 1 mile or 4 mile run. Not a runner and would like to volunteer? Click here to sign-up! Schedule and Activities: 3:00-4:15 pm – On-site Race Registration & Packet Pick Up at Downtown Greenway/LoFi Park 4:00-8:00pm- Live music, food & entertainment at LoFi Park/N. Eugene St/Deep Roots Parking Lot; Food available for purchase from Crafted Art of Street Food, Deep Roots Market, Kono Pizza, and Kona Ice. Block Party with vendor tents: First Bank, NCA&T, NCA&T Student Health Center, GDOT, Parks & Recreation, Fleet Feet, Deep Roots, Preyer Brewing, The Shoe Bus, Greenway at Fisher Park/Stadium Park, Title Boxing, Bikesboro/TAP, Carolina Kettle Chips, Mati Energy Drinks, Toshi Sushi, Paleo Love Granola, Home State Apparel, The Natural Dog, Ruff Love Rescue, ASPCA, and Red Dog Farm. Children’s activities: NCA&T Innovation Station RV, canvas painting with old tennis shoes, bubbles, & temporary tattoos. 4:00-4:15 pm- Warm-up with The Shoe Bus, Mobile Fitness Boutique in LoFi Park 4:30 pm – 1 Mile Run/Walk and Doggie Jog begins 5:00 pm – 4 Mile Run begins 5:30-7:30 pm—Sergeant Swarm from the Greensboro Swarm will greet participants 6:00-8:00 pm –Gypsy Danger Band 6:15 pm – Projected awards ceremony announced by NCA&T & Councilman Justin Outling (adjusted based on last finisher’s time) Questions? Contact Laura Lorenz, Race Director, at email@example.com 336.387.8355. Special thanks to our title sponsor First Bank and to all our sponsors! Glad to have WGHP Fox 8 on board as our exclusive TV sponsor this year and Aleksandra Bush, weekend news anchor will be our emcee for the event!
Did you miss the June golf cart tours of the Downtown Greenway? Now is your chance to sign up for the August tours. If these dates do not work for you, we are tentatively planning tours September 26-28, dependent on construction along Murrow Blvd. Email Laura Lorenz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join us in July for two pop-up classes on the Downtown Greenway: Thursday, July 18 -Pop-Up Picnic & Brewing Class at Woven Works Park Wednesday, July 24-Pop-Up Elderberry Class at Meeting Place at Tradition Cornerstone There is no charge for this event-- just let us know you plan to join us by emailing Laura Lorenz at email@example.com There is no charge for this event-- just let us know you plan to join us by emailing Laura Lorenz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Rendle, Chairman, President, CEO of VF; David Parrish, City Manager; Mayor Nancy Vaughan; Dabney Sanders, Downtown Greenway Project Manager; Trip Brown, Brown Investment Properties; Susan Schwartz, Executive Director, The Cemala Foundation; & Cecelia Thompson, Executive Director, Action Greensboro. VF Foundation and VF Leaders were joined by local community leaders to announce the gift of $1.5M to Action Greensboro to support the continued development of the Downtown Greenway. VF has been a long-time supporter of the Downtown Greenway through their donation of $250,000 to help launch the first round of fundraising and has provided t-shirts for the annual Run 4 the Greenway for 8 years. Thank you VF for your continued support of the Downtown Greenway! Read more about the donation in News & Record here.