LeBauer Park

  • Location
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Completion Date
    August, 2016
  • Size
    4.5 acres
  • Team
    Architect: Frank Harmon Architect
    Civil Engineer: Westcott, Small & Associates
    Structural Engineer: Engineered Concepts
    MEP Engineer: Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates
    Lighting Designer: Focus Lighting
    Irrigation Designer: Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates
    Water Feature Designer: Fountain Source
    Signage + Wayfinding Designer: RSM Design
  • Photography
    Lynn Donovan, Jenna Lacey, Dan Netz, Jennifer Scheib
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Seeking to increase equitable access to green spaces for children and families in the dense urban fabric, the LeBauer family’s $10 million enabling gift helped realize the vision for the park. Oriented to align with key downtown streets, the new park creates a visual anchor for surrounding civic and arts institutions. A concert lawn and performance pavilion is at the heart of the site, drawing visitors throughout the day and night. Crowned with an undulating fiber arts installation from the acclaimed artist Janet Echelman, the magical permanent attraction embraces activities under its framework and signals the importance of the arts in Greensboro.

Active areas include a dog park, reading room, games area, croquet lawn and putting green. A playful water feature plaza is the gateway into an expansive children’s play area with a climbing wall, topographic landforms, a sand play area and a large hill with slides. The active portions of the park are balanced with areas for passive recreation, quiet respite and reflection. Gardens are planted with 350 trees and over 60 different species of ornamental plants, which includes classic southern garden plants as well as hardy native selections.

The Park is a setting for community gatherings after dark.

The children’s playground attracts kids of all ages.

Echelman’s sculpture, Where We Met, draws inspiration from Greensboro’s history as a textile capital. She traced railway lines and historic textile mills along their routes with brilliant lines of color, echoing how people from diverse cultures and races were brought together in the center of the city.

With food and beverage kiosks, the park can expand to accommodate a wide range of festivals and other civic-scale events, befitting its mission.