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The April 10th dedication for Bailey Park included speakers from city and county government. (Allen Joines, Gloria Wisenhunt, Derwin Montgomery) and those associated with the development of the park and Innovation Quarter. The dedication also included performances by the Carver High School marching band and The WINmars, the company band for Inmar Inc. The Winston-Salem Journal reported over 400 people attended the events surrounding the opening of this new urban park.  Bailey Park was created through a joint commitment by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Wexford Science & Technology, a BioMed Realty company. It 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 the Park.  The site is big and uniquely situated amongst the ongoing renaissance of what was once the industrial heart of the city's tobacco industry.


"Situated against the historic Winston-Salem skyline, Bailey Park will help foster a vibrant city," said Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Among the amenities in the 1.6 acre park are a 1,200-square-foot covered stage, restroom facilities, free Wi-Fi access, a pad for food trucks and a larger grassy area. Lindsay Yarborough, manager of public activities for Innovation Quarter, said that programming for the park will include community events, music performances, art exhibitions, movie nights and more. The park worked with Stimmel Associates, Stitch Design Shop and LMI Builders to incorporate building materials and design features into the historic RJR setting. The structures feature both exposed steel and wood in an architectural nod to the industrial buildings and tobacco barns of old.The park will be a welcome respite to the scores of apartments that have opened in rehabilitated factory buildings in the  blocks surrounding the park along with the 1,000's of workers who are currently working in the immediate area.

A video of the event can be seen here:


Multiple musical events have already been scheduled for the park, including performances that are a part of Winston's home grown music festival, Phuzz Phest, which in its 5th year has been described by Triad City Beat's  Senior Editor as

As one of the most affordable rock festivals in the country, Phuzz Phest is a movable feast, with action pin-balling between a handful of Winston-Salem venues over the course of three days. It’s a showcase for the small but mighty record label that shares its name and the equally burgeoning downtown of one of North Carolina’s hippest cities. It highlights the love affair between the Camel City and the thriving Triangle indie scene, while radiating outwards through the Southeast, up the East Coast, odd points in the Midwest and Pacific Rim and even around the world. Phuzz Phest champions the local scene while catching rising national acts playing the last shows they’re likely to do in small and intimate rooms. 



Concerts have also been scheduled as part of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic coming up later this Spring. Where I'm sure out of town visitors as well as local residents will be using the park as a base for their enjoyment of the event which will be winding through the streets of Downtown. The new U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site, one of just 16 U.S. Olympic sites in the country, will be located just a couple of blocks from the Park on Liberty Street. The center will be where elite athletes train to compete on the world cycling stage. But plans for the facility include significant space for community wellness and cycling, a wellness and nutrition market and cafe, clinical research and testing areas and four rooftop apartments with private outdoor decks and a shared rooftop terrace. I'm sure Bailey Park will be of use to this organization as well.




Yoga classes, fitness classes from the IQ's YMCA branch, Salsa classes and a film series in its second year in conjunction with Aperture Cinemas of W-S are just some of the activities currently happening at the park. A 15 foot tall Art Tower will be installed in a separate event in the next few weeks at the corner of Patterson & Fourth Streets at the southern approach to the Park. The tower is a collaboration between the WFIQ, UNCSA & the Art for Arts Sake organization.




Sources: WSJ,TBJ,CCD, & TCB

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Annoucement from the Wake Forest IQ:

Sunset Thursdays

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Flow Honda is proud to present “Sunset Thursdays,” a free concert series at Bailey Park in the Innovation Quarter. The first installment of the series features acclaimed indie pop act The Love Language (Merge Records) from Raleigh, NC. Local band Below the Line will open the show.

The Love Language (Raleigh, NC)

Below the Line (Winston-Salem, NC)

Camel City Grill will be on-site serving dinner, and the bartenders of Single Brothers will have drinks available for purchase.

Flow Honda is excited about the addition of Bailey Park to the downtown area, and is proud to support the activation and community use of the space. “Sunset Thursdays” is a free, all-ages event that is open to the public to enjoy. No tickets are required. For updates on this event, make sure to visit “Sunset Thursdays” Facebook event page.  Please note that no glass bottles or outside alcohol is allowed in Bailey Park. Street parking is available along Patterson Avenue, as well as the public parking deck located off Chestnut Street.

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Rachel Barker (left) and Cara Hagan perform an improvisational piece with other dancers at a pop up concert Friday afternoon in Bailey Park, part of Helen Simoneau Danse's three-day "On Site/ In Sight Downtown Winston-Salem Dance Festival. Dancers from six national dance company's presented three more performances on Saturday. The other pictures show additional dancers that took part in the event. The amount of programming going on at Bailey Park is ever increasing with the advent of warm weather.



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The dedication of the recent updates to Bailey Park took place just prior to the Winston-Salem Cycling Week festivities.  Bailey Park was rocking for a big part of the week, with  several of the Gears & Guitars concerts based there.  Several thousand people per concert were enjoying the great weather we had last week...  http://www.gearsandguitarsfest.com/

Thursday // May 26
The Band Perry
Jana Kramer
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Bailey Park

Friday // May 27
Better Than Ezra
Sister Hazel
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Bailey Park

Sunday // May 29
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Bailey Park

Innovation Quarter Facebook page:



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