Greensboro, North Carolina skyline
Many cities with downtown greenways have greenways that follow rivers or lakes. Greensboro, North Carolina's downtown doesn't have a river or lake but the city is doing something unique. It is constructing an urban greenway loop around downtown. Greensboro is one of the first cities in the United States to construct a loop greenway around its downtown. It is a way to not only attract more downtown development but it connects all the surrounding historic neighborhoods. The second leg just opened this past Sunday. The whole project is about $25 million and will include a long linear park on the eastern leg. Other future amenities include recreational facilities such as an outdoor Jr Olympic pool, gardens, water features and a vegetation maze. The greenway will have a number of pocket parks will be great for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and will connect with the rest of the city's biking trails. The great thing as that building won't have to be demolished to make way for the greenway because for the most part it follows ols railroad lines not in use or large areas that were cleared a way for a failed 1960s freeway loop around downtown. I'm glad the freeway loop project was halted because such loops cut off downtown from surrounding neighborhoods. Cities that have built freeways around their downtowns are realizing that now.
Here are some photos
Greensboro's Downtown Greenway Loop
The second leg of the greenway is now open! The leg is called Morehead Park
photo by downtowngreenway.org
couple enjoying an outdoor artistic bench
I walked on the greenway this morning and took some photos. I got work out just walking the small segment LOL.
All Photos below were taken by me
Here is the new section. They really haven't put in all the plants and flowers yet.
This sculpture lights up at night
A few more greenway shots
(next 4 photos taken by me)
(photo courtesy of Theronorama flickr)
This photo still courtesy of FOX 8 News
All photos below were taken by me
This is the southern leg that opened last year
There were rumors this large green space could become a pond.
Greenway at Fisher Park Apartment under construction on the future northern section of the greenway
House of Jazz across the street
pictures from "99 Blocks" of Sunday's event on the new section of the greenway
(photos courtesy of "99 Blocks")
diagram courtesy of Action Greensboro
sneak peak at the next phase which includes a tall light tower and adjacent park