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Call to Artists for Morehead Park Mural Project

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Repairs to the bridge supports were made overhead at the Morehead Park trailhead parking area on the Downtown Greenway along Spring Garden Street in 2019 and early 2020. Unfortunately all of the paint design on the bridge supports was removed as a part of that process.  The Greenway Public Art Selection Panel has issued a call to artists to commission a replacement for this work.  Click here for how to submit a proposal. Submissions will be due on September 10, 2020.

Celebrate 2020 National Trails Day during the month of June

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Since we could not celebrate on June 6th, we're celebrating National Trails Day with the City of Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department the entire month of June! Each Monday, we will share videos and pics in an eblast of residents enjoying the Downtown Greenway and other trails in the area and on social media every day.  Not receiving our eblasts?  Email Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org to be added to the list.  Click here to go to our Facebook page. You can also see all pics here and videos here. We hope you will get out and find some new trails that you have not experienced before. You can search hundreds of local parks, trails and recreation opportunities in the Piedmont Discovery App. Click here for more info. 

2020 FREE Fitness Classes start on June 2

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We are excited to announce that the FREE Fitness classes on the Downtown Greenway will begin on June 2!  We are partnering with the Bryan YMCA for the 8th year to offer free fitness classes every Tuesday from 6-7pm through the end of September.  Classes are held at Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway (475 Spring Garden Street).  We will practice safe, social distancing for each class.  Please bring  your own water bottle and mat to each class, as no equipment will be provided this year.  Questions?  Contact Laura Lorenz llorenz@actiongreensboro.org.

Share your favorite part of the Downtown Greenway or Greensboro Trail

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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 llorenz@actiongreensboro.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.

Virtual Events for Bike Month

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We hope you will get out in the month of May to ride your bike on all the trails and greenways in Greenboro while keeping a safe social distance. The City of Greensboro and BIG are offering several events during bike month; see below. Cory Phillips, Executive Director of the Roberts Center at Crumley Roberts shared a short video with us on how to stay safe on the roads and properly fit your bike helmet.  Click here to view.    

Thomas Sayre proposal for West Woods on Phase 4

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Artist Thomas Sayre from Raleigh presented his proposal at an on-line Public Meeting on May 5 for the West Woods Project to be installed on Phase 4 along the rail-line on the Downtown Greenway.  Installation anticipated in early 2021.  Read the story in the News & Record by reported Dawn Kane. Did you miss the on-line Public Meeting on May 5?  You can watch it here and view his proposal here.  If you have any comments or suggestions about the plans, please email Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org.  

Update on design and construction

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The contract to construct the Murrow Boulevard section was approved in fall 2018 and construction began in April 2019. Significant work has been done along the entire corridor and continues despite the COVID-19 restrictions as construction is considered an essential business.  Extensive work is being done at Murrow and the Smith Street bridge due to major repairs that will need to be done to the bridge to prepare it for the installation of the greenway trail to connect to Fisher Avenue.  Completion is expected October 2020. Artist Radcliffe Bailey was selected in January to design and fabricate the last of the 4 cornerstones – Freedom at the intersection of Murrow and Gate City Boulevards (click here for more info on Radcliffe Bailey).  We hope to have a proposal over the summer months with an installation in 2021. Design is complete for the western leg along the railroad tracks from Spring Garden to Smith Street and a portion of the continued Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway from Smith Street to the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant just north of Benjamin Parkway.  Railroad agreement with Norfolk Southern signed on November 8 to build trail on railroad corridor. Norfolk Southern is removing tracks and other equipment from Markland Avenue to Spring Garden Street. We expect the contract to go out to bid for construction in August 2020 with a start date in early 2021. Roots First, a Winston-Salem based team that “repairs the connection between people and nature through design and communication” is working with us on a project along Smith Street called Northern Passage that will be installed summer 2020.  Click here for map of Open Sections. Removal of railroad tracks along the railroad corridor along Phase 4: Start of construction on the eastern section from Gate City Blvd to Fisher to Greene Street:   Smith Street between Prescott and Spring Streets:

Tips on keeping safe as you are out on trails and greenways

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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.

Artist Thomas Sayre has been selected to create West Woods Project

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Artist Thomas Sayre has been selected to create the West Woods Project on Phase 4 along the railtrail on the Downtown Greenway.  Thomas is a Raleigh-based artist and architect and has constructed works of art all over the world. To create his art, he uses earth and soil from the ground where his sculptures will eventually stand to form earth casts. On-line public meeting will be planned for May to give the public the opportunity to view his proposal for the West Woods Project and to provide feedback.  Click here to watch a segment from UNC-TV on the process that Thomas uses to create his art.