Whether you choose to live there or simply visit it often, you’ll find the character, architecture, culture and lively entertainment of Greensboro’s Center City a welcoming hub of natural beauty and local charm.
When Action Greensboro was formed in 2001, Greensboro's Center City was a natural choice for one of its focuses. The character and architectural quality of the downtown National Register commercial district make an important contribution to the city's sense of identity and play a unique role in economic development. A lively entertainment, cultural and shopping district, the Center City also appeals to people wanting to live in the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Action Greensboro's Center City projects began with construction of NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers Class A minor league baseball team, which opened in the spring of 2005. The ballpark on North Eugene Street, which seats 7,500, replaced the offices of the Guilford County Department of Public Health, making it possible to consolidate the Health Department and the Department of Social Services in new state-of-the-art quarters on Maple Street. NewBridge Bank Park represents a $20 million Action Greensboro investment in the Center City.
In the fall of 2005 construction began on Center City Park, Action Greensboro's second Center City project. The 1.9 acre park opened in December 2006 and today is alive with free community programming throughout the spring and summer: Fitness by the Fountain classes, regular weekly and monthly musical performances and family-friendly movies. Of course the Park also welcomes visitors simply wishing to socialize, have lunch, watch the fountain, or relax in a green retreat. Friends of Center City Park, formed in 2007, provides additional funds for Park programming and enhancements through membership contributions. Center City Park represents a $12 million Action Greensboro investment in the Center City.
Action Greensboro is currently planning and constructing its third major Center City project, the Downtown Greenway. This 4-mile walking and biking trail, designated Greensboro's Bicentennial commemoration project, will loop around downtown Greensboro, connecting more than a dozen different neighborhoods. The Downtown Greenway initiative, a public-private partnership between Action Greensboro and the City of Greensboro, is expected to take ten years to complete at a cost of $26 million.
We have invested in the following projects that build on Greensboro's strengths: