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Ribbon Cutting for Pedestrian Bridges Over Salem Parkway Nov 14

Creative Corridors Coalition to Celebrate Opening of Pedestrian Bridges Over Salem Parkway

Open House and Neighborhood Stroll Highlight Openings of
Green Street Pedestrian Bridge and Strollway Pedestrian Bridge

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (NOVEMBER 12, 2020)—Creative Corridors Coalition invites the public to“BridgingWS”—an open house-style event celebrating the opening of the Green Street and Strollway Pedestrian Bridges on Saturday, November 14 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Construction on the Salem Parkway began in the fall of 2018. However. the Creative Corridors Coalition kicked off its preliminary work in 2007 and was founded as a nonprofit in 2010. Creative Corridors volunteers initiated
and participated in hundreds of community meetings, organized dozens of community events, and worked tirelessly alongside city and state officials to ensure the new bridges that were part of the Business 40 reconstruction captured the city’s devotion to arts, culture, and innovation. Creative Corridors secured funding to commission world-class designs for iconic bridge architecture and roadway betterments that distinguish Winston-Salem as a place of accomplishment.

As this mammoth project nears completion the leadership of the Creative Corridors Coalition is particularly excited about the opening of two iconic, artful, and unique pedestrian bridges. The Green Street Bridge, designed by Donald McDonald and located near Truist Stadium, will connect the West Salem Neighborhood to downtown. The Strollway Bridge, designed
by Walter Hood, is located near Corpening Plaza, in downtown and connects to the Strollway greenway continuing southward toward Old Salem.

Creative Corridors invites the public to celebrate the opening of the bridges and experience them. The event is floating, and guests can come and go at any time. Take advantage of our curated walking route complete with
signage to help you discover the history and features of the bridges and the vibrant community surrounding them. There will also be music, art activities for the family, and food and drink available for purchase. The public is asked to RSVP at creativecorridorscoalition.org to be entered into a drawing for locally sourced goodies.

Highlights include:
● Free parking available at the Truist Stadium (enter on Broad Street)
● West Salem Neighbors encouraged to walk or bike over to the bridge area
● All attendees are invited to walk or bike the 2 mile curated route to discover the bridge and surrounding points of interest (start and end at Truist Stadium)
● Safe, family-friendly art activity open to the public from 11-3
● Food and drinks will be available for purchase along the route so grab lunch or a snack while you’re out.
● We will be encouraging physical distancing and ask that all attendees wear a face-covering per CDC guidance.
● Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming. Those who RSVP are automatically entered into a drawing for a goody bag full of locally sourced items.

Also, in conjunction with the bridge opening Creative Corridors Coalition is also hosting a poem contest. The public is invited to submit poetry about “What does Winston-Salem mean to you and how do you interpret bridgingWS?” Poems will be accepted through January 31, 2021. Visit creativecorridors.org for more information

Additional background on Creative Corridors:

Years of planning and community involvement have resulted in plans to re-imagine our city’s major thoroughfares in and around Downtown Winston-Salem. The Creative Corridors Coalition worked closely with
local and state transportation officials and hired world-renowned bridge designers, landscape architects and public artists for five iconic projects:
 Research Parkway betterments and Twin Arches at US 52
 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive betterments
 Strollway Pedestrian Bridge
 Green Street Pedestrian Bridge
 Peters Creek Parkway Bridge
 Business 40/Salem Parkway Betterments

The Creative Corridors Coalition is a nonprofit organization created in 2010 to provide a voice and a process for residents of Winston Salem and Forsyth County to influence the design and implementation of roadway infrastructure projects in and around the downtown area. Since that time, Creative Corridors has initiated and participated in hundreds of community meetings, organized dozens of community events, and worked tirelessly
alongside city and state officials to ensure the new bridges capture the city’s devotion to arts, culture, and innovation. The Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors and made up of residents and organizations
devoted to promoting the city and county and creating a vibrant economy, arts, and cultural groups, foundations,
businesses, representatives of affected neighborhoods, and individuals.


More information at www.creativecorridors.org


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