Hendersonville Greenway and Wetland Restoration Projects Revealed

Press release from the Hendersonville Tree Board:

HENDERSONVILLE, NC  –   A new section of Oklawaha Greenway is under construction, and restoration of the historic wetlands along Mud Creek is almost complete.  Residents can learn about the benefits and progress of these two projects at a program on Monday, October 12, at 6 p.m., at Henderson County Library auditorium on Washington St. in downtown Hendersonville.  The program — Hendersonville’s New Greenway and Wetland Restoration Project — will feature Brent Detwiler, City Engineer, and Brendan Shanahan, staff in the Engineering Dept.  The presentation is sponsored by the Hendersonville Tree Board and is open to the public at no charge.

Late last year, the installation of new sewer line along the Oklawaha Greenway and beyond brought attention through the sheer scope and length of the construction project by the City of Hendersonville.  Wetlands in Jackson Park and along Mud Creek were disrupted in order to remove the old system and replace it with a more efficient one.  Many citizens are curious about the effect this project may have had on birds, plants, and the historic wetland areas.  This presentation offers the chance to learn about restoration efforts and to ask questions.

In addition, an extension of Oklawaha Greenway between Patton Park and Berkeley Mills Park is now under construction.  Learn about landscaping plans along this 1.5-mile new section.  The Oklawaha Greenway is popular and well used by families, strollers, cyclists, joggers, and others who enjoy outdoor exercise on the scenic pathway along Mud Creek between Jackson Park and Patton Park.  The extension will create a 3.25-long pathway.

“We look forward to showing the plans for the new greenway extension and revealing our efforts to restore the wetland areas that were recently disturbed by the City’s 5-million dollar upgrade of the Jackson Park sewer line,” said Shanahan.  “This is a chance to answer questions, show landscaping plans, and engage the community in these important projects.”

Hendersonville Tree Board is commissioned by the City of Hendersonville to provide advice on the selection and care of trees and shrubs in public places.  The Tree Board also educates the public on the economic and aesthetic benefits of trees and shrubs for the community.  The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Hendersonville as a Tree City USA for 24 years because of its high level of tree care.  The city recently became a Bee City USA as well.

For more information, phone Brendan Shanahan at 233-3237 or email him at bshanahan@hvlnc.gov.  To learn more about Hendersonville Tree Board and its projects visit the webpage at cityofhendersonville.org


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