Event: “I Belong in Aston Park” Celebration
Date & Time: Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 6PM-8PM
Location: Aston Park; at the corner of Hilliard Ave and S. French Broad in downtown Asheville
This jewel of a park in downtown has had varied history from segregation, to decay, and now revitalization. Recently, a group of neighbors from the River Arts District, West End Clingman (WECAN), and South French Broad (SFBNA) teamed up with the city and received a Fit Community from the State of North Carolina.
From this grant and community input has come a new playground structure, bench swing, sand box, kiosk, and playground equipment (balls, games, jumps ropes, etc.) available to loan for anyone wishing to play in the park as well as free weekly yoga and tai chi classes offered by the YWCA.
Representatives from “Let’s Move, Buncombe” will be on hand as they help celebrate local initiatives that are creating opportunities for citizens to live a healthier lifestyle. Motivated by the first lady’s national “Let’s Move!” initiative, Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones has pulled together a group of our female elected officials to create a public awareness campaign to promote, enhance and expand programs addressing childhood obesity in Buncombe County.
“The purpose of this campaign is to shine a light on all the amazing initiatives in our community that are working,” Jones says. “I also want to get woman policy-makers thinking about these issues collectively.”
As part of the celebration there will also be a Photo Voice presentation in the tennis center clubhouse and the public is invited to bring photos, record stories about the park and neighbors, and take photos as well.