Through our Name That Creek program, RiverLink is seeking to give a handle to an unnamed tributary of the French Broad River that flows through the Westwood Place neighborhood in East West Asheville into the New Belgium Brewing site on Craven Street in the River Arts District. RiverLink has been collecting names from the community since November of last year. Suggestions have included “Big Wayne Creek,” “Penland Creek,” and “Reynolds Creek.”
RiverLink has been taking suggested names for months, and will now put the suggestions up on a website poll (http://riverlink.org/name-that-creek-poll-2/) to allow the public to vote for their favorite. There will be a potluck on Saturday, March 22, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the RiverLink office (170 Lyman Street) to announce the stream’s new name. RiverLink will provide cups, plates, tea and soft drinks and invite the public to bring the eats! Please RSVP to RiverLink’s Dave Russell at 252-8474, ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This local, grassroots project involves the community submitting suggestions for creek names and voting for the most fitting name at a creek-naming ceremony. After a name is chosen, it is submitted to the USGS and eventually becomes the official name for the creek. Since the inception of the Name that Creek program, RiverLink has coordinated two contests with the help of community volunteers: Buttermilk Creek, a tributary of Hominy Creek in West Asheville, and Big Branch, a tributary of Reems Creek in Weaverville.