Giving due credit

As a member of RiverLink and a former member of the Asheville Greenway Commission, I was delighted to see your story “Pounding the Ground” in the [Nov. 7] issue of the Mountain Xpress. The former EDACO property will add another much-needed link to the greenway from the French Broad River Park to Carrier Park.

However, I [was] dismayed to see that your story continues a frequent misunderstanding [in] the sentence: “Like the neighboring parks have been, the Karen Cragnolin River Park will be turned over to the city of Asheville once completed.” RiverLink has, indeed, acquired the EDACO land—as it did the speedway property—for Carrier Park, but the organization does not build the park infrastructure. It is the Asheville Parks and Recreation Department that builds parks and greenways and maintains them. In the case of Carrier Park, many of us citizens also volunteered to help build portions of the park. Acquisition of land for parks and greenways along the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers has been a partnership between RiverLink and the city.

— Paula I. Robbins

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