Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership hosts Passageway Park Ribbon Cutting May 9
Winston-Salem, NC (April 30, 2019) – The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership in conjunction with the City of Winston-Salem, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Passageway Park Thurs., May 9, at 11:00 a.m. The event will include remarks from local elected leaders and representatives from the renovation project, along with food trucks and live music. Passageway Park is located in downtown Winston-Salem between Cherry and Trade Streets.
Renovated Pocket Park Offers Updated Public Space in the Heart of Downtown
The city-owned walkway was originally constructed in the early 1970s as part of the Trade Street Pedestrian Mall project. In the time since, the area had become outdated, in need of repair, and was becoming a security concern in downtown. In 2015, with an increased focus on pedestrian access and connectivity downtown, the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership decided it was time to address the situation.
Links for more Info
Passageway Park Overview – http://www.downtownws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Passageway-Park-Overview.pdf
Passageway Park Design Concept – http://www.downtownws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PassagewayParkConceptPoster.pdf
The project began with a reimagining of the space. With the theme Illuminate * Cultivate * Activate, the focus was on breathing new life into the walkway and turning it into a safe, attractive, well-lit pocket park and pedestrian avenue for downtown residents and visitors to enjoy. The project included the removal of old concrete planters and above-ground landscaping, the addition of new dirt and ecological landscaping throughout the space, artistic overhead lighting, and the installation of metal picket fencing, security cameras, bike racks and garbage cans. Multiple North Carolina organizations were involved in the renovation:
- General contractor – Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership in conjunction the Engineering Division, Department of Public Works, City of Winston-Salem
- Conceptual Design and Planting Design – Roots First Design
- Landscape Architect – Osgood Landscape Architects
- Surveyor – Kale Engineering
- Environmental and soil testing – Geoscience and Technology P.A.
- Phase 1 Contractor – Restoration & Recovery
- Lighting – Beco Inc.
- Fencing – Seegars Fence Company
- Plumbing – Quality Plumbing
- Cameras – iTech Solutions
- Signage – FASTSIGNS of Winston-Salem
- Vegetation – Double Creek Road LLC
The Passageway Park renovation was made possible by the financial and in-kind contributions of about $250,000 from several local entities including the following:
- Downtown Winston-Salem Business Improvement District
- City of Winston-Salem
- Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership
- Downtown Winston-Salem Foundation
- Millennium Fund
- Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation
- The Winston-Salem Foundation
- Marriott Winston-Salem Hotel
- Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem
Donations previously made were dedicated in memory of R. Phillip Hanes, Jr., and Richard W. Redding, both long-time champions of downtown Winston-Salem. Many individuals contributed gifts, allowing the renovation project to be conducted in their memory.
The updated Passageway Park will be available for low-key public performances and has already been used by a/perture cinema for a public film screening and as a venue for the Winston-Salem Light Project.
“We want this to be a wonderful urban pedestrian environment where people feel safe and comfortable for a long time to come,” said Ralph Womble, Downtown Winston-Salem BID chair and vice-chair of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is a chance for visitors to see the newly renovated space and then enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants downtown.