RiverLink seeks to ‘Name that Creek’ in East West Asheville

Here’s the press release from RiverLink:

Westwood Place is a neighborhood in East West Asheville, bounded by Haywood Road, Craven Street, I-26 and Patton Avenue. RiverLink seeks to name the stream that flows through the neighborhood into the New Belgium Brewing site on Craven Street as part of its “Name that Creek” program. RiverLink is currently taking suggestions for names. So far, potential names from the community include “Big Wayne Creek,” “Penland Creek,” and “Reynolds Creek.”

Name that Creek is a long-time project whereby RiverLink asks the community to submit suggestions for creek names and then vote for the most fitting name and having a creek-naming ceremony. RiverLink will host a potluck naming ceremony at its offices (170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District) on Saturday, March 8 at noon, providing soft drinks and iced tea.

After a name is chosen, it is submitted to the United States Geological Survey and eventually becomes the official name for the creek. Since the project’s inception, RiverLink has sponsored two successful creek name changes 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.

Names for the Westwood neighborhood creek might focus on famous local families, Civil War battles, interesting natural features, etc. Please let Dave Russell know your thoughts as RiverLink searches for more information on Westwood Place by e-mailing Dave at volunteer@riverlink.org or filling out the contact form at http://riverlink.org/help-us-name-that-creek-2/.


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