Largest city park being squandered

I can appreciated the city wanting to support the National Guarad Armory, but putting it in the city’s largest forest park, Richmond Hill—inaccessible to major transportation arteries—seems ill-conceived and bordering on criminal.

I realize that there are many important issues on the city’s agenda, but what could be more important than making sure our armory is strategically located with the appropriate facilities, and protecting and enhancing the city’s largest forested park.

Placing the armory in Richmond Hill Park weakens the Guard’s effectiveness and [ability to] react, due to the fact that it is on a dead-end road in a residential neighborhood and also the fact that Riverside Drive floods—[compromising] access a time when the armory’s resources would be most needed.

In addition, the ecological value of Richmond Hill, located directly on the French Broad River, is irreplaceable. “State Special Concern Species”, “NC Watch List Species” and species with special recognition in our mountains have been found in Richmond Hill Park. Why is the city not protecting these species and this rich environment for future generations’ enjoyment?

A real win/win opportunity awaits our city.  Find a better place for the amory so that it can better meet the needs of the community, while at the same time protecting the largest natural preserve within the city of Asheville. It seems like a no-brainer!

— Yuri Koslen

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2 thoughts on “Largest city park being squandered

  1. Eric Ralston

    I live in the Richmond Hill neighborhood, and my family usually visits the park several times a week. The recent developments are strange, and present a poster-child example of government in action. Prior to the recent “improvements”, I think Richmond Hill Park’s fundamental challenge was that it was an example of the opposite, of government inaction, in which the city owned a valuable piece of land that was under-utilized, under-exposed, and therefore under-appreciated. Someone in city hall came up with a use for the land, and there was very little constituency to comment on its rationale one way or the other. So now we have acres of bare subsoil where forest stood a few months ago, a concrete lesson in civics for thinking folks.

  2. Michael Thomas

    I live right beside the park, and have a “30” foot barrier of trees(just a few)between my land and the armory. IT is HORRIBLE.

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