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2018 Wheels on the Greenway

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10 REASONS TO JOIN US FOR THE WHEELS ON THE GREENWAY ON MAY 6! 1. Ride the Downtown Greenway: Bike, trike, skate or roll to the Gateway of the Open Book Cornerstone and Warnersville Recreation Center. Downtown Police Bike Patrol members will lead the bike ride on the Downtown Greenway. 2. Kids Zone Bike Rodeo: Crumley Roberts will provide free helmets to all children and helmet fittings, t-shirts and safety course 3. Bike Fix-It Station & Bike Demos: Several local bike shops including Cycles de Oro, Performance Bikes, Gallactic Bikes, Recycles, Bikesboro, & eBike Central will provide bike tune-ups and/or bike demos 4. LimeBike: adults can rent a LimeBike to ride the Greenway and demo their new ebikes and escooters. 5. Bling Your Bike: Decorate your wheels 6.Give Back: Bring your gently used bikes to the event to donate to kids at the Warnersville Recreation Center; haven’t outgrown your bike yet? Consider donating a bike lock. 7. Kids Treat: Morehead Foundry will provide a cookie decorating station for all kids. All restaurants & bakery will be open to stop in and get bite to eat. 8. Entertainment: Music provided by local DJ/K2 Productions 9. Other tents along Downtown Greenway: LimeBike, Bikesboro, eBike Central, Safe Guilford, Bike MS/Walk MS, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, and City of Greensboro Parks & Recreation Plan2Play & the Greensboro Public Library. 10. TO GET OUTDOORS AND HAVE FUN!! Interested in volunteering on the day of the event? Please contact Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org or 336.387.8355 For more information about the event, go to: www.downtowngreenway.org.events

2018 FREE Fitness Class Schedule is Out- Mark Your Calendars!

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2018 FREE Fitness Class Schedule on the Downtown Greenway Classes this year will begin in May and will be held every Tuesday from 6-7pm through October (except for July because it is SO hot!) on the Downtown Greenway located at 475 Spring Garden Street. We are excited to offer free classes for the 4th season in partnership with the Bryan YMCA. We have some regular instructors from past seasons and welcome our new instructors. Click here for the classes/instructors. Look out for some new features this year-- a frequent attendee punch card and we will be participating in the DGI Summer Passport program-- the more you come the more chances you have of getting free stuff! Look for more info in the weeks to come and bios on each of our instructors.

SPOTLIGHT on Volunteers: Dawn Chaney

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Dawn Chaney owns Chaney Properties in Downtown Greensboro and has been a long time Greensboro resident.  She is a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the Downtown Greenway, serving on the Downtown Greenway Technical Team.  She has also participated and walked in the Run 4 the Greenway every year since the run began in 2010. Dawn’s love for the Downtown Greenway is evident in her remarks below: When complete in 2019, the Downtown Greenway will allow everyone a pathway to Downtown Greensboro.  The Downtown Greenway is a scenic artery for runners, walkers and bikers of all ages and abilities to connect to each other at the City Center.  It is a unique fitness facility for everyone. The Downtown Greenway is adjacent to the Ole Asheboro, Warnersville, Fisher Park, Westerwood, College Hill, Dunleath and East Market Street neighborhoods with close connectivity to Glenwood and university campuses.  Even in its incomplete phase, more than 2,000 users are on it every month.  When complete, we anticipate usage at 10,000-15,000 pedestrians per month.  Greensboro will be recognized by other cities and towns for the connectivity and engagement provided by our Greenway.

SPOTLIGHT on Volunteers: Greensboro Permaculture Guild

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Special thanks to the Greensboro Permaculture Guild for their work on the Downtown Greenway on the section in front of Deep Roots Market on Eugene.  They have transferred fruit trees and perennials from the community garden at Holy Trinity to the area in front of Deep Roots to make way for new building construction at Holy Trinity. Thanks to Randall Hayes, Charlie Headington, Charlotte LeHecka, Alyssa McKim, David Mudd, Rob Pritchard, Elaine Shields, and Justin Vettel for coming out on a foggy morning to get their hands in the dirt! Stop by Deep Roots for lunch and enjoy the Permaculture Guild's hard work in beautifying the area and the Downtown Greenway. Deep Roots will be helping to maintain and water this section-- thank you!

SPOTLIGHT on Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT)

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The Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been the driving force in keeping the Downtown Greenway's public/private partnership moving forward in design and funding. The divisions within GDOT include Engineering, Planning, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Public Transportation-GTA/SCAT, and Business and Parking. Services provided to residents, businesses and visitors include traffic signals and signs, transportation planning, parking, street lighting, sidewalks and bikeways. In November 2017, a NCDOT Funding Resolution was adopted - accepting $3,331,815 in additional funding for the Phase 2 of the Downtown Greenway (Murrow Boulevard/Fisher Avenue) which will allow it to go under construction in 2018. This was accomplished through the dedicated efforts of City Council member Justin Outling, Assistant City Manager David Parrish, Greensboro Department of Transportation staff Adam Fischer and Tyler Meyer, and the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) led by Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter. This additional funding is certainly a reflection of the power of private funding that has leveraged local public funding as well as state and federal funds and the commitment of so many in the community, especially the work of GDOT. We are very grateful for the partnership with GDOT and the Downtown Greenway.  Adam Fischer serves on our Oversight Committee as well as our Finance Committee.  Chris Spencer leads our Technical Team.  Daniel Amstutz and Kym Smith serve on that team as well.  Tyler Meyer and Stephen Carter serve on our Finance Committee and there are many others within the department who are working hard behind the scenes to make this project a reality.  Thank you to all the GDOT staff for their dedication and service.  

Two Upcoming City Workshops: Summit Ave Streetscape & Plan2Play

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Do you use Parks & Recreation programs? How can they do things better? Come out and share you ideas at: Greensboro Parks & Recreation Play2Play Public Workshop Thursday, February 22, 2018 Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 North Davie Street Drop in from 5:00-8:00 pm; Short presentations at 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, & 7:00 pm Click here for more information. The Summit Avenue Streetscape Project Final Design Public Meeting Thursday, February 22, 20018 Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Avenue 6:00-8:00 pm Open house format, drop in anytime. Click here for more information. Comments can be made before March 8th by going to the City's website. Questions? Contact Eric Tart at eric.tart@greensboro-nc.gov 

Cheers to our Downtown Greenway Volunteers!

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  Cheers to our Downtown Greenway Volunteers! If you volunteered in some way with the Downtown Greenway in 2017, we want to thank you—doesn’t matter how much or how little—we are grateful for you! Please join us for a Volunteer Thank You Event on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm Preyer Brewing Company 600 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro Light hors d’oeuvres from Crafted The Art of Street Food and Preyer Brewing Co. beer will be served. Please RSVP by January 25th to Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org

Two Meetings planned for input on next public art piece on the Downtown Greenway in Ole Asheboro and Asheboro Square

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Two meetings are planned for residents of Ole Asheboro and Asheboro Square to meet with Vandorn Hinnant to start a conversation about the neighborhoods relationship to the Downtown Greenway.  Please join us on two consecutive Mondays, January 29 and February 5th at 6:00 pm at New Zion Church, 408 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.  Questions?  Please contact Bob Powell 336.772.5109.  All residents of Ole Asheboro and Asheboro Square were mailed an invitation; all are welcome.  Click here for the meeting invitation.  Click here to find out more about Vandorn and his work.

We have a lot to be thankful for in 2017!

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We are THANKFUL for the accomplishments in 2017 and are LOOKING FORWARD to 2018! 2017 Highlights: Opening of LoFi Park located at Smith/Battleground/Eugene in front of Joymongers Brewing Co. on September 23 including artist Jeannette Brossart's Home Sight bench. The continuing increase in economic development: approximately $217 million in private economic development activity along the Downtown Greenway is completed or underway since 2008. Construction on the southern section along Bragg Street between Eugene Street and MLK Boulevard was completed. Construction was completed on the northern section along Eugene Street between Smith Street and Fisher Avenue and along Fisher Avenue between Eugene and Greene. Phase 4 design complete along the railroad corridor. There were 5,100 followers on Facebook, 4,500 followers on Twitter, and 3,200 followers on Instagram. An average of 3,500 people per month used the open sections of the Downtown Greenway; last year's usage was 2,500 users per month on average. 2nd Wheels on the Greenway kids biking and safety event held at Morehead Park in May. Over 125 gently used bikes donated to children who attend Warnersville Recreation Center. We partnered with the Bryan YMCA for the 5th year to offer free weekly fitness classes from May-October at Morehead Park; over 175 participated in the classes. Over $13,000 was raised at the 8th Annual Run 4 the Greenway in October! New this year: the Run was moved to Morehead Park and we partnered with First Bank, Morehead Foundry, & UNCG to honor their 125th Anniversary. 2 Little Free Libraries were installed at Woven Works Park and Morehead Park in collaboration with Summit Rotary and Parks & Recreation. Girl Scout Troop 41769 is keeping the libraries stocked with books--feel free to drop books off! The City of Greensboro secured $3.3 million from NCDOT for Downtown Greenway construction. Looking ahead to 2018: Volunteer Thank You Event planned for January 30th at Preyer Brewing Company and Crafted The Art of Street Food-if you are a Downtown Greenway volunteer, stay tuned for details. 2018 will be a big year as we start construction on the longest section of the Downtown Greenway-- Murrow Blvd beginning at Gate City Blvd, going underneath Summit Avenue and continuing to Fisher/Greene beginning in late winter 2018. Phase 4 along the railroad corridor out to bid by end of 2018. Both private and public support for this project has been tremendous.  Almost $10.5 million has been contributed from private sources including foundations, corporations & businesses, and individuals. Over $24 million has been secured with public funds through two local bonds and federal transportation dollars.  A $1 million Endowment for maintenance has been fully funded, privately. Thanks to all of our many VOLUNTEERS and SUPPORTERS who have made 2017 a successful year for the Downtown Greenway!