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
Mark your calendar for this years event-it is something to BRAGG about! New location at 100 East Bragg Street on the Downtown Greenway at the corner of South Elm and Bragg Streets. We are collecting gently used kid and adult bikes for kids at Peck Elementary School. If you would like to donate a bike, please drop it off at REI -Friendly Center during business hours or contact Laura Lorenz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had a great night celebrating our Greenway volunteers on February 11 at Greensboro Project Space located at 219 West Lewis Street. Great conversation and delicious food from downtown business Chez Genese. We appreciate our volunteers -- and the time and support they give to the Downtown Greenway!
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.
We had a great day at the 9th Annual Run 4 the Greenway-- lots of great costumes, runners and participants! Click here for more photos from the day.
The 9th Annual Run 4 the Greenway will be on Saturday, October 27 from 4-8pm at Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway. Registration is OPEN! To register, go to the Jones Racing Company website.
DEADLINE for the REDUCED RATE is Monday, October 15th at 11:59 pm.
The start and finish of both races and the party will be at Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway (475 Spring Garden St). And we have improved the 4 mile race route--click here for 4 mile route and here for 1 mile route.
We are bringing back the COSTUME CONTEST for the best adult, kid, and dog costumes! Prizes from Hen in a Hurry, Spare Time, A to Zen Massage and Ruff Housing.
4 Mile Run:
$25.00 until October 15 (by 11:59 pm)
$20.00 for Students until October 15 (by 9:00 pm)
$30.00 October 16-25 (by 9:00 pm)
$35.00 Registration on Race Day
$80.00 4 mile Family 4 Pack
1 Mile Costume Walk/Run & Doggie Jog:
$15.00 Non-timed Option
$10.00 Non-timed Option for Students
$20.00 Dog Registration (includes dog goody bag)
$50.0025 Mile Family 4 pack
Children 6 & under: Free (There is no fee for children 6 & under; however, we ask that you register and sign a waiver. No free t-shirt or beverage.)
T-shirts are limited. Register early to be guaranteed a Repreve t-shirt made from recycled water bottles. All participants will receive 2 free beverages at the post-race event (except for children 6 & under). All dogs will receive a goody bag.
3:00-4:15 pm – On-site Registration & Packet Pick Up at Downtown Greenway/Morehead Park (475 Spring Garden Street)
4:30 pm – 1 Mile Walk begins
5:00 pm – 4 Mile Run begins
6:00-6:30 pm – Projected awards ceremony (will be adjusted based on last finisher’s time)
3:00-8:00 pm- Music, Entertainment, Kids Activities, & Food available from Will & Pops and Kona Ice and Beer from Preyer Brewing at Downtown Greenway/Morehead Park
Not a runner? We need volunteers! Email email@example.com or go to sign-up genius to view the jobs available for the Run 4 the Greenway. (Volunteers receive a t-shirt and beverage coupon)
Questions? Contact Race Director, Laura Lorenz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.387.8355.
Special thanks to all of our 2018 Sponsors!
Click here for the detour route map. For more information, contact Palmer McIntyre at email@example.com.
Unfortunately due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms, the Wheels on the Greenway for May 6th has been canceled. Safety is top priority and we do not want anyone to be on bikes if thunderstorms should pop up. We will not be rescheduling the event, but hope to plan a small gathering at Warnersville Rec Center this summer. Stay tuned for more info.