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Update on Design and Construction

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We now have three of the four miles complete and open! 2021 saw the opening of the Murrow Boulevard section from the southeast corner of Murrow and Gate City Boulevard going north along Murrow, underneath Summit Avenue, and continuing along the northern section on Fisher Avenue.  There is a small section of Fisher Avenue that passes over Church Street that will be completed when the roadway bridge deck is replaced in 2022. A detour route will be posted as that goes under construction.  Western Branch, the final mile section along the western side, was finally put out to bid in December!  We expect to have a contractor in place during the first quarter of 2022 and construction on the last mile will begin shortly thereafter. This section and the entire 4-mile loop should be completed in 2023. Plans for the stream restoration on sections of the College Branch stream on the western side have been underway and we expect that work to begin in summer 2022.  A grant from the North Carolina Land and Water Fund will enable this work. We are partnering with the Piedmont Conservation Council to oversee the project. The renovation of LoFi Park was completed in 2021. It’s an amazing space.  Thanks to the work of permaculture designers, David Mudd and Justin Vettel, LoFi Park is home to beautiful paths, trees, an artificial turf lawn area, and a rain garden. After an extension of premise permit due to COVID, Joymongers Brewing Company now serves alcohol to be enjoyed in the park. The spring will bring the addition of 2 more art projects at the Summit Avenue bridge underpass and a new neighborhood artist bench at the corner of East Market Street and Murrow Blvd. The Freedom Cornerstone design plans have been submitted for review to the TRC Committee and artist Radcliffe Bailey and his team anticipate the start of construction and installation in April 2022.

Segment with Radcliffe Bailey and Adron McCann with WABE-90.1FM Atlanta’s hub for culture, news and conversation

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Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey explores themes of ancestry, race and collective memory in new commissions with Adron McCann with Atlanta's WABE -90.1FM. Radcliffe Bailey has two commissions underway--one at the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve in Atlanta and the other on the Downtown Greenway. Click here to listen to the interview. Radcliffe and his team have submitted design plans to the TRC Review Committee and anticipate installation of the Freedom Cornerstone later this spring at the corner of Gate City Blvd and Murrow Blvd.

Final Mile Campaign Kick-Off & Glow on the Greenway Event

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We are kicking off the Final Mile Campaign in September! Join us for our Glow on the Greenway kick-off event on September 8 from 7-8:30pm; click here for more info. You can be part of helping us complete the 'final mile' of the Downtown Greenway as we get ready to start construction on the western side along the railroad corridor.  There are a number of naming opportunities available at various levels. Click here for more info and here to make a donation on-line.

Summer Pop-Up Fitness Classes with the YMCA of Greensboro

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Join us for FREE fitness classes on the Downtown Greenway!  Classes located at LoFi Park (500 N. Eugene St) and Historic Magnolia House (442 Gorrell Street). Want to order a Shoe Box Meal from The Historic Magnolia House for dinner to take home after class on July 28?  Click here for the menu. To place an order, please email info@magnoliahousegso.org or order when you arrive to class at 5:45pm.  Shoe Box Meals will be ready for pick-up at the end of class.      

Opening Celebration of Cairn’s Course at Westwoods

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May 22 marked the official opening of Thomas Sayre's piece called Cairn's Course at WestWoods along the railroad corridor on the western side of the Downtown Greenway. We also celebrated the soon to start construction of the final 1 mile of the 4 mile loop of the Downtown Greenway that will start later this year.  If you were unable to attend, click here to watch the Facebook Live event. Read recent article about the project by Dawn Kane in the News & Record.  

Update on design and construction

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2020 was a busy year for construction with work continuing on the Murrow Boulevard section running from Gate City Boulevard north and then west to Fisher Avenue and Greene Street.  Work is almost complete with some final landscaping, site furnishings, and signage to be finished.  An assessment is ongoing of the recent repaving of Murrow Boulevard – so you may see cones on the roadway for a bit longer. The bridges along Fisher Avenue that go over the railroad tracks and Church Street are in need of repair and that work will take place in 2021.  The trail will be open and a safe route provided during that construction. This whole section is a dramatic change from a 6-lane divided highway unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists with no landscaping to what you see today – a roadway suitable for vehicular traffic, a 12 foot wide greenway with enhanced landscaping and lots of trees, and a protected bike lane for southbound traffic. The Downtown Greenway is another step closer after City Council approved an agreement with NC Department of Transportation for construction of Phase 4 and the Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway Phase 1. Eighty percent of the $3.4 million project will come from federal funds with a 20 percent local match, using funds from the 2016 Parks and Recreation Bond and Transportation Bond accounts. The former railroad corridor on the west side will go out to bid in summer 2021 with an anticipated fall start date.  This section should be complete in 2023 and will not only close the four-mile loop of the Downtown Greenway and complete it, but will also build the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway north to Benjamin Parkway. Artist Radcliffe Bailey was selected in early 2020 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 anticipate construction to begin in fall 2021. Removal of railroad tracks along the railroad corridor along Phase 4: Completed greenway trail along the eastern section from Gate City Blvd to Fisher to Greene Street along Murrow Blvd: A renovation of LoFi Park at the corner of Smith and Eugene Streets was completed in the spring and the new design by David Mudd and Justin Vettel, Permaculture Gardeners includes berms with boulders and new trees, and a rain garden in addition to an open lawn space.  The grass is greener than it ever has been before with the addition of astroturf. Click here for map of Open Sections.  

Artist Radcliffe Bailey shares plans for Freedom Cornerstone

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Artist Radcliffe Bailey who was selected to design and fabricate the Freedom Cornerstone shares plans for the last of four cornerstones located on the Downtown Greenway. Click here to read recent article in the News & Record. Click here to watch Action Greensboro's The More You Know GSO Facebook Live event with Radcliffe Bailey and learn about his vision and plans for the cornerstone. We anticipate construction to begin on the cornerstone this summer.