The wheels are turning in the River Arts District

There is a project gaining traction in the River Arts District, born of a collaboration between the Hillcrest Community, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, West End/Clingman Avenue Neighborhood and other interested parties. Land currently owned by the city of Asheville and the Department of Transportation is being considered for a high-use urban bike skills park. There is a successful example of such a project in Seattle, Wash., under Interstate 5. All of the above parties are interested in this moving forward and are in discussions regarding community support, including volunteers for labor and organization.

The envisioned skills park includes a 0.8-mile loop of single-track trail, which can be used for walking, running, mountain biking and other outdoor exercise [options]. Additionally, there will be intermediate- and expert-[level] connecting trails.

Having the community and government come together for this can provide yet another reason for people to consider a world-class destination, and a model for urban planning and use across the country. I also urge all outdoor enthusiasts to educate themselves on this process and help us bring the concept to reality.

— John Anderson

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