Category: Volunteers

Spotlight on City Partners: Engineering & Inspections

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The Engineering and Inspections Department is an integral part of the public/private partnership with the Downtown Greenway and the City of Greensboro. We are grateful for our partnership with the Engineering and Inspections Department over the past ten years.  Eric Tart currently serves as the project manager for the Downtown Greenway at the City, and he has served on the Greenway Technical Team for 6 years. Eric has successfully managed the project and has been proactive in continuing to move the construction along even during COVID, under the leadership of Department head, Kenney McDowell.  John Fersner, Jason Geary and Melinda King have also played key roles in the Downtown Greenway’s construction. Eric shared: “It has been a wonderful opportunity to work on such a unique project and to see it come together over time.  It is definitely something I will look back on in the future with a great sense of accomplishment as likely the most signature project that I was intimately involved with during my time at the City.” The Engineering and Inspections Department is dedicated to working with other City departments in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of Greensboro residents by providing safe and reliable public infrastructure, homes, and workplaces, as well as creating healthy and attractive neighborhoods. They are committed to a customer-friendly, business-like environment while adhering to the core values established by the City of Greensboro. As we finally see the end of the project in the near future, we appreciate the Engineering and Inspections team and their dedication to the project.

Mason Bee Houses installed on Downtown Greenway as part of Eagle Scout Project

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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 the 2020 Wheels on the Greenway

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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 llorenz@actiongreensboro.org.

Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Run 4 the Greenway -October 27, 2018

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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. SCHEDULE: 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 llorenz@actiongreensboro.org 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 llorenz@actiongreensboro.org or 336.387.8355. Special thanks to all of our 2018 Sponsors!