The National Park Service will host a special release event for the commemorative Blue Ridge Parkway quarter today in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, beginning at 10 a.m.
The newly minted currency will depict a scene from the North Carolina section of the parkway on the reverse side, complete with the state flower, as part of the National Parks Quarter series. The parkway quarter is the 28th release of the United States Mint “America the Beautiful” Quarters Program, which launched in 2010, and marks the completion of the first half of the 56 quarter series, according to the series official website.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs 469 miles through the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, is the country’s most visited national park, with over 15 million estimated visitors a year, despite many sections being closed for several months in the wintertime. North Carolina was selected to grace the back side of the quarter due to the fact that a majority of the parkway runs through the state.
Festivities today at Pack Square Park include informational activities with U.S. park rangers and a special musical performance by local legend David Holt. Children under the age of 18 will receive a free quarter, and copies of the new coin can be purchased by exchange at the Asheville Savings Bank.
The America the Beautiful Quarters Program will continue to release five quarters each year until 2021. More information on the release can be found at parkquarters.com. For more information on the Blue Ridge Parkway and upcoming events in the area, check out blueridgeparkway.org.