The design for a key link that will help create the longest continuous stretch of greenway in Asheville has been finalized. The roughly 1-mile section will run through the New Belgium Brewing Co. site in the River Arts District and connect with existing greenway segments.
In her landmark 1955 book, The French Broad, Asheville author Wilma Dykeman said the river was “above all, a region of life, with all the richness and paradox of life.” She described a watershed rich in flora and fauna, ranging from the “fertile fields and gentle fall” through Transylvania and Henderson counties to the sudden “plunge between steep mountains” around Asheville, “strewn with jagged boulders.”
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Asheville today, Sept. 12, to award the city a $14.6 million federal grant to help complete an interconnected six-mile network of pedestrian, bicycle, roadway, and streetscape improvements in the River Arts District.
Asheville City Council unanimously approved a $147 million budget June 24, holding the property tax rate steady and committing to major new pedestrian infrastructure projects such as sidewalks and greenways.
Asheville leaders could vote later this month to spend millions of dollars on sidewalks and greenways as part of a capital improvement program for the coming year. The budget also funds Sunday bus service in the city, starting Jan. 1. Yet some residents, and City Council member Chris Pelly, voiced concern during the June 10 budget hearing that such the sidewalk investment […]
The newly formed Buncombe County Culture and Recreation Authority met for the first time Oct. 29, drafting an ambitious list of goals for the months ahead. The board is charged with governing a powerful new agency that will manage the county’s libraries, parks and recreation facilities.
Following contentious Oct. 1 deliberations over who will head a powerful new government entity that will manage Buncombe County’s libraries, parks and recreation facilities, Commissioner Holly Jones expressed “deep concerns about the absence of a District 1 taxpayer voice at the table.”
Buncombe Commissioners appointed four community leaders to help head the powerful new Culture and Recreation Authority, charged with managing the county’s libraries, parks and recreation facilities.
Hundreds of celebratory bike riders took to Asheville’s streets and greenways yesterday for a St. Patrick’s Day community ride. This post features a slideshow of photos from the event.
After the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping frenzies, the city’s own august governing body is back at it on Nov. 27, as Asheville City Council discusses a possible water-system merger, greenway development, and more.
Recent news has featured a debate over Asheville's ambitious greenway plan, consisting of extensive construction along area waterways. The debate has focused primarily on individual landowners' rights versus public domain. But this misses the point. The position of [city] Parks and Recreation [staff], and of the environmental consultants whom they use, seems to be largely […]
New Belgium Brewing Co. executives will join with Buncombe County officials and other supporters Sept. 6 at the West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen (WALK) to celebrate the recent passing of the county’s greenways plan.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners took a major step Sept. 4 toward building an extensive greenway system that would link towns, parks, schools and other key sites throughout the county.
This post contains live updates from the Sept. 4 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners via Twitter.
The Buncombe County commissioners will consider a greenways plan and a living wage resolution at their Sept. 4 meeting.
After years of planning and public meetings, Buncombe County is poised to release a comprehensive proposal for an extensive greenway system linking towns, parks, schools and other key sites.
After years of planning and public meetings, Buncombe County is poised to release a comprehensive proposal for an extensive greenway system linking towns, parks, schools and other key sites. Bolstered by recent successes in the city of Asheville, and by growing support for transportation alternatives, advocates are eager for the plan to be released (it’s […]
Buncombe County government wants your input on where to locate new greenways.
Where once piles of junked cars were stacked by the French Broad River, crews have been digging up concrete remnants and debris — the first step toward turning the old EDACO junkyard into the Karen Cragnolin Park. (photo courtesy of RiverLink)
Asheville On Bike’s annual St.Patrick’s Day ride, The Bike of The Irish, drew a record number of participants in all shades of green and any description of bike.
A portion of the crowd that participated in The Bike of The Irish which went through Downtown, Montford, West Asheville, and the River Arts District today.(Photo by Bill Rhodes)
Have a bike? Take a ride through some Asheville’s greenways on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s Bike of the Irish 2012 time.