Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. is a non-profit organization in partnership with the City of Greensboro, Center City Park and LeBauer Park. The mission of GDPI is to serve as the executive management of Greensboro’s downtown parks, focusing on public activation, maintenance, financial well-being and overall vitality.
To better fulfill the potential for Center City Park and LeBauer Parks, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro commissioned Dan Biederman, president of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, to build a strategy for management of Greensboro’s downtown parks. Biederman led the effort to transform Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan in the early 1990s, making it a model for private management of public parks. A number of Biederman’s principles of successful activation and measurement for success are being applied to Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc.
Center City Park and LeBauer Park, are a combined 5-acre urban green space that serves as the central gathering place for Greensboro’s residents and visitors in a setting that is both relaxed and lively. Parks feature outstanding public art, recreational equipment, and facilities for children, athletic spaces for people of all ages, educational and learning environments, café dining and artistic performance spaces.
From LeBauer Park's "Where We Met" to the one-of-a-kind benches in Center City Park, Greensboro's Downtown Parks are filled with the work of local and international artists.
Learn about the vision, background, and inception of Center City Park and LeBauer Park.
VF Seasonal Plaza
Anchored by an interactive fountain and splash pad, the VF Corporation Seasonal Plaza in LeBauer Park is a destination for kids and families. Water blasts out in jets, dynamic blasts and fun fog!
The Lincoln Financial Children’s Garden is a 15,000 square foot play area that includes artificial turf play mounds, toddler’s play area, custom 4 foot climbing wall with handholds, 6 foot climbing hill with ropes, and two 6 feet tall slides. Children can also play on a modern designed merry-go-round, interactive climbing boulders and a custom artist-designed sensory wall.
Downtown Greensboro Square is a 4,500 square foot plaza located between two custom restaurant buildings designed by NC architect Frank Harmon. This flexible plaza includes movable bistro tables, chairs, umbrellas, decorative planters, and identity signage. The square has an elevated view over the Price/Bryan Performance Place with
spectacular views of the Janet Echelman
sculpture, Where We Met.
Junior League of Greensboro
The 2,050 square foot Junior League of Greensboro's Reading Room is intended to extend events by the Greensboro Public Library into LeBauer Park. The flexible layout features movable tables and chairs, decorative planters with seasonal planting and power access for quiet study and work areas.
2019 Staff Uniforms
board + staff
Alexa Aycock | Executive Director, Marion Stedman Covington Foundation
Carl Brower Jr. | Chairman, Parks and Recreation Commission, City of Greensboro Ex Officio
Larry Burnett | Executive Director, Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA
Stacy Calfo | Communications and Marketing Consultant | GDPI Chairperson
Dawn Chaney | President & CEO, Chaney Properties
Manny Clark | Associate, Fox Rothschild LLP
Kyle Davis | Associate Actuary, Actuarial Analyst II, Lincoln Financial Group
Melissa Greer Realtor, Bers\kshire Hathaway Homeservices
Emily Hinton | Associate Architect, Lindsey Architecture
Rosemary Kenerly Professional Writer, Producer, On-Air Talent
Gene LeBauer | Retired Physician
Byron Loflin | VP, NASDAQ CBE Corporate Governance Solutions
Kim Martin | VP, Client Solutions Partner, PACE Communications
Nasha McCray | Director, Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department, City of Greensboro Ex Officio
Vanessa McCutchen | Director, Corporate Communications, VF Corporation
Hillary Meredith Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices, Yost and Little
Justin Outling | City Council Representative, City of Greensboro Ex Officio
Walker Sanders | President, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Jeff Smith | Parks and Recreation Commission, City of Greensboro Ex Officio
Cecelia Thompson | Executive Director, Action Greensboro
Tammi Thurm | City Council Representative, City of Greensboro Ex Officio
Justin Washington | Vice Chairman, Parks and Recreation Commission, City of Greensboro Ex Officio
Ashley Madden | Director of Financial Planning Services, Hutchinson Family Offices GDPI Treasurer
Chris Wilson | Assistant City Manager, City of Greensboro Ex Officio
Director of Business Finance
Director of Facilities
Director of Programs & Marketing
Asst. Director of Programs & Marketing
Director of Park Rentals & Special Events
Lead Park Ambassador