GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has created a blue-ribbon steering committee to guide the planning and construction of a new public park downtown that will be made possible through a generous donor’s bequest. A tentative opening of the park – which is now seen as the centerpiece of a “cultural district” downtown – has been set for March 2016.
The donor, Carolyn Weill LeBauer, who passed away in March 2012, directed that assets from her estate be used “for the creation of a public park for the benefit and enjoyment of the general population of Greensboro, particularly children and their families.” The Carolyn and Maurice LeBauer City Park should provide for exceptional recreational equipment and activities, educational opportunities and public art, all within an extremely attractive, well-landscaped setting.
The bequest directs The Community Foundation to carry out and ensure the intent of LeBauer’s wishes. Last November, the Foundation announced LeBauer’s bequest and that it had spent much of the year conferring with Greensboro officials on how best to create, equip and give transfer to the city of this new public facility.
Now, the Foundation has created a steering committee of local leaders and experts in areas relevant to the creation of dynamic urban public spaces to guide the planning and construction details of the park. The committee is headed by Reid Phillips, an attorney with Brooks Pierce and a member of The Community Foundation’s board of directors.
“I am delighted to lead this exciting project,” Phillips said Thursday. “The LeBauer City Park is going to immeasurably add to the quality of life for our residents. Our group takes very seriously the intent and vision of Carolyn LeBauer, and we want to make sure we do this to her expectations – in fact, exceed her expectations.”
The LeBauer Park steering committee is made up of the following individuals:
- Adair Armfield, chair, Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation
- Alexa Aycock, volunteer, co-chair of Center City Park
- Margaret Benjamin, president, board of trustees, Greensboro Historical Museum
- Larry Burnett, executive director, Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA
- Eric R. Calhoun, president, Richardson Corp.
- Chip Callaway, founder, Callaway & Associates
- Jason Cannon, president, Downtown Greensboro
- Vanessa Carroll, volunteer
- Stephanie Clifford, chair, Friends of Center City Park
- Philip Craft, director of Communications, Elon University School of Law
- Joel Cranford, police captain, City of Greensboro, District 2, Southern Division
- Nora Dial-Stanley, volunteer, N.C. Storytelling Guild; IT project manager at UNCG; adviser to UNCG Native American Students Association
- Lowell Easter, owner, Triad Commercial Properties, and member of The Community Foundation board of directors
- Jim Gallucci, artist
- Perry Howard, Landscape Architecture Program coordinator, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design
- Ed Kitchen, vice president and COO, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro
- Gail LeBauer, volunteer
- Justin Leonard, garden manager, Greensboro Children’s Museum
- Cathy Levinson, project manager, AchieveGuilford
- Jane Levy, volunteer
- Byron Loflin, president, Center for Board Excellence
- Nasha McCray, manager of Parks and Recreation Training, City of Greensboro
- Donovan McKnight, program officer, N.C. Humanities Council
- Logie Meachum, volunteer, musician, scholar
- Mindy Oakley, executive director, Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation
- Reid Phillips, partner, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP and member of The Community Foundation board of directors
- Bob Powell, associate professor, Architectural Engineering Program at N.C. A&T University
- Dennis Quaintance, president, Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels
- George Scheer, executive director, Elsewhere Artist Collaborative
- Mable Springfield Scott, public information officer, Rockingham County Government, and member of The Community Foundation board of directors
- Wayne Scott, deputy chief, Greensboro Police Department
- Sue Simmons, development director, Center for Creative Leadership
- Cheryl Stewart, public art consultant
- Cecelia Thompson, executive director, Action Greensboro
- Tim Tsujii, Early Voting director, Guilford County Board of Elections
- Jim Westmoreland, Greensboro city manager
- Chris Wilson, director, Greensboro Parks & Recreation
Since the city purchased the YWCA property between North Davie and North Church streets, The Community Foundation has been working with city officials to create a new urban park destination. Brimming with activities, arts and events, and as the core anchor of this location, LeBauer Park offers a unique opportunity to redefine Greensboro’s cultural district. It will be an important, vital go-to destination for families and individuals and offer key amenities such as a playground, recreational activities and public arts that complement and expand offerings in our existing Center City Park. In this location, LeBauer Park also will prove to be a hub that connects the other key cultural assets that border it, including the Greensboro Historical Museum, the Greensboro Public Library and the Cultural Arts Center – and now the performing arts center.
“The park is an integral piece of a magnificent puzzle for Greensboro,” Phillips said. “It will beautifully tie together many of Greensboro’s existing cultural assets – and its newest one, the performing arts center. Carolyn LeBauer has given an amazing gift to this community, and our steering committee is going to carefully and thoughtfully maximize this opportunity.”