Opening of LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro

The opening of the $10 million Carolyn & Maurice LeBauer Park has been pushed back to August as construction crews look to make up lost time from weather delays.

Plans had called for the downtown Greensboro park to open on July 15, but "Mother Nature has continued to be uncooperative with our construction process," said Walker Sanders, president of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, which is overseeing the project.

The formal dedication and ribbon-cutting for the park will now be held on Aug. 8.

Progress on the park, which sits south of Davie Street between the Greensboro Cultural Center and Greensboro Historical Museum, hit a key milestone last month with the installation of towering pylons that will support a commissioned aerial sculpture by Janet Echelman titled "Where We Met."

As part of the park's grand opening, the Echelman sculpture will be illuminated for the first time on the night of Aug. 14.

The design of the sculpture, paid for by funding from the LeBauers and a $1 million grant from The Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation, was unveiled in late April when the July 15 opening date was announced.

"Back-to-back seasons of unusually rainy weather have affected construction of the park," Sanders said. "As frustrating as this has been, it is important to us that the park be completely finished and cleared of construction barriers when everyone first gets to enjoy it. It will be worth the extra wait.”

Work is also progressing on the construction of two on-site cafes that will be operated by Noma Food & Co., which offers "fast-casual" Vietnamese and Thai food, and Ghassan's, a Mediterranean eatery.

 

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