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Duke University student cites Downtown Greenway as similar to the Durham Belt Line Trail in thesis

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Duke University student Jo (Joungwon) Kwon graduated in December 2018 with a degree in MA Computational Media and did her thesis on the Durham Belt Line Trail.  The Downtown Greenway was a great inspiration for her project. Her thesis was about "The Use of Geographic Information System for the Adaptive Reuse of Historical Sites: A Study of the Durham Belt Line Trail." In this thesis, she analyzed how the Durham Belt Line will benefit from adaptive reuse, explore future options for Durham to maintain its history and community with the Durham Belt Line Trail, and discover how best to maximize the impact of curated cultural content through the use of digital tools such as GIS.  Read her thesis and about her findings regarding the Downtown Greenway on pages 43-46. ColorHaus at Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway

January 21 Ribbon Cutting and MLK Jr. Bust Dedication a GREAT day!

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Over 100 people came out on Monday, January 21 after the MLK Jr. Parade to celebrate the opening of the southern section of the Downtown Greenway along Bragg Street and the relocation and dedication of the MLK Jr. Bust first fabricated by local resident Wilbur Mapp and refurbished by artist Jim Gallucci.  Click here to see all the photos from the event.

New art pieces installed on the Downtown Greenway

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Local artist Vandorn Hinnant installed 2 new art pieces on the southern section of the Downtown Greenway on January 17, 2019 in preparation for the ribbon cutting of this newest open section on January 21.  Click here for more information about the ribbon cutting.  The installation was on the front page of the News & Record-- read the full article.  Dawn Kane with the News & Record wrote a great piece on the artist and the history behind the art pieces; click here to read.

Plan2Play Master Plan

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Plan2Play is Greensboro Parks and Recreation's new system-wide Master Plan. Plan2Play will provide a framework for the use and development of the City park system for the next 20 years. The planning process will review the department’s current operations and provide recommendations, priorities, and strategies for meeting the changing recreation needs of the community. Parks and Recreation has completed a draft of Plan2Play for consideration by the community. Residents have until January 31 to review and comment on the draft of Plan2Play before it goes to the City Council for consideration and potential adoption. Click here to review the draft and here to make comments.

Update on design and construction

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Construction is complete in southeast corner between MLK Jr. Blvd/Bragg St and Gate City Blvd/Murrow Blvd and a ribbon cutting is planned for January 21, 2019 at 2pm.  Click here for more information. Construction anticipated to begin on Smith Street between Spring and Prescott in January, dependent on weather. The contract to construct the Murrow Boulevard section was approved in the fall and construction is expected to begin in early 2019. Design essentially completed for 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.  Construction likely to take place in 2019/2020     

Bragg Street Ribbon Cutting & MLK Jr. Bust Dedication

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Join us to celebrate the official opening of the section of the Downtown Greenway along Bragg Street from Eugene to MLK Jr. Blvd and the dedication of the MLK Jr. bust in its new location at the corner of Bragg and MLK Jr. Blvd. on Monday, January 21 at 2:00 pm after the MLK Jr. Day Parade.  Click here to read article in News & Record about the MLK Jr. bust and Downtown Greenway art pieces on the newest section of the Downtown Greenway. Parking for event at New Zion Church (408 MLK Jr. Drive) and Union Square (124 E. Gate City Blvd).