Winston-Salem has a new downtown park.
Bailey Park, a 1.6-acre public green space in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, was officially opened today in ceremonies attended by more than 200 people.
Bordered by East Fourth, East Fifth and Vine streets and North Patterson Avenue, Bailey Park will be open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk and serve as a venue for music performances, art displays, movie screenings, fitness classes and other recreational activities. Among its features are a 30-by-40-foot covered stage, restroom facilities, free Wi-Fi access, an area for food trucks and a grassy expanse ideal for recreation and relaxation.
“Bailey Park exists for the enjoyment of the people who work, live and learn in the Innovation Quarter and elsewhere in Winston-Salem,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “This new recreational asset for Winston-Salem strengthens the connection between people and place, and represents our commitment to thinking like a community and acting like a community.”
Tomlinson served as master of ceremonies for the grand opening of Bailey Park, which included remarks by Forsyth County Commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt, Winston-Salem Councilman Derwin L. Montgomery, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, Wexford Science & Technology Vice President Dan Cramer and Wake Forest Baptist Medical CEO John D. McConnell, M.D.
The event also featured a ceremonial ribbon cutting, refreshments, food vendors, Bailey Park giveaways and live music by the Carver High School Marching Band and The WINmars, the Inmar company band.
Bailey Park was created through a joint commitment by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company. In designing and developing Bailey Park, several local companies – Stimmel Associates, Stitch Design Shop and LMI Builders – worked to integrate building materials and design features that reference the history of the setting with modern elements.
Bailey Park is publicly accessible and is managed by DTZ on behalf of the Innovation Quarter. There is no cost to the public for the maintenance or the operation of Bailey Park.
Detailed information about Bailey Park, including a schedule of events, is available online at www.baileyparkws.com.