Groundbreaking for Downtown Greenway's Western Branch is Saturday

Construction on the Western Branch is expected to start Monday.

Groundbreaking for Downtown Greenway's Western Branch is Saturday
Cairn's Course along the Western Branch of the Downtown Greenway (courtesy of the City of Greensboro).

The final phase of work on the Downtown Greenway will be launched with a groundbreaking celebration on Saturday.

Work along the Western Branch, stretching from Spring Garden Street to Smith Street, is expected to start Monday.

The celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Cairn's Course, public artwork created by Thomas Sayre. Cairn's Course is at 501 Guilford Ave., and parking will be available in a gravel lot.

Participants will be able to enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and s'mores around a fire. The first 100 guests will receive a branded campfire mug.

Cairn's Course opened in May 2021.

"Replete with the colors, textures and artifacts of the land," the site's sign reads, "these cairns call attention to and mark the renewal of the waterway."

Work on the Western Branch means that Downtown Greenway users will need to use the detour route for that segment. The Downtown Greenway is expected to be complete in summer 2025.

Running Shorts Resources

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Race Days: Road and trail races in the Triad
You’ve had the thought: “I want to find a race near me.” You’re at the right place for signing up for a road race or trail race; for a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon; and for a triathlon. Race Days lists road and trail races and triathlons in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and nearby.
Running groups in the Triad: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and more
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Tracks in the Triad: Here’s where you can run and walk
A guide to tracks in Guilford and Forsyth counties that are considered open for runners and walkers.