Backstory and Context
The LeBauer Park was named in honor of the late Carolyn Weill LeBauer, who passed away in March 2012. Native to Greensboro, she was active in the community and achieved much throughout her life. She made a bequest to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro with instructions that the money be spent constructing a park for the people of Greensboro. With a $10 million-dollar donation, the park was decided to be placed south of Davie Street between the Greensboro Historical Museum and the Greensboro Cultural Center.
The park was designed by the landscape architecture firm OJB, who worked with Frank Harmon Architecture to design the structures, which includes two food kiosks, a performance stage, bathrooms, and a maintenance building. The park includes a children’s garden and interactive water feature, reading room, dog park, a putting green, croquet lawn, and a games area, making this a place for all people and families to enjoy. The park was finally opened on August 6, 2016, and is enjoyed to this day.
The park also features a sculpture by famous artist Janet Echelman, titled “Where We Met”. It is a 200-foot by 130-foot sculpture hanging over the lawn and is made with a hard and soft net of fibers. Her inspiration for the piece came from North Carolina’s “converging railway lines that helped support the textile industry in the Triad and the state.” The sculpture was funded by a $1 million gift from the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation with support from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and the Public Art Endowment.
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- LeBauer Park, SOMOS. Accessed November 9th 2019. http://www.somosdesign.us/lebauer-park.