Tuesday, June 8, 2010

French Broad River Park and Greenway, Asheville

The last time we had to make a run to the recycle center we stopped off after at the lovely French Broad River Park and Greenway. It was a quiet spot in the city shaded by huge old trees with the sound of the river rushing by. we had not planned to bike or hike but just to see what was there. It was a nice surprise to find this gem in the town limits.

The info below is from the Riverlink site - the organization responsible for funding and organizing this wonderful park.

The French Broad River Park on Amboy Road is the first greenway built in the city of Asheville or the watershed. It was dedicated with a 21-gun salute, a marching band and thousands of happy and excited citizens in September 1994.

The organization RiverLink also initiated the sale of one-foot sections of greenway, called “deeds of support.” For $50 per foot, everybody can own a piece of the greenway. Every penny raised from the sale of “Deeds of Support” is used to develop greenways along the river. RiverLink also raised the funds needed to install picnic tables, benches, bike racks, bollards and other amenities that make the greenways at French Broad River Park user friendly and comfortable. The French Broad River Park is now maintained by the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department.

Over the years, with lots of help from volunteers, a dog park and wildflower gardens have been added. The park won the 21st Century American heritage Park Award naming it one of the 10 best parks in the USA funded with a land and water conservation fund grant. The park has been designated as a model for recreation, open space and conservation

In the final phase the park was equipped with a handicapped accessible fishing pier funded by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and installed overlooking the French Broad River. The greenway trail was also extended along the river next to Amboy Road, extending the walking/biking trail opportunities even further.

We will definitely come back to walk the greenway and enjoy the river along the way! Click here for more Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.


Luna Miranda said...

what a cool place to wind down after a stressful day. great photos.

J Bar said...

Looks like a lovely spot.

Old Kitty said...

WOW!! This is some find! What a lovely history to this park - thank you. It's amazing what a little bit of thought, support and inclusive local policies could do - transform this area into a beautiful park for everyone to enjoy!

I think it's really really lovely! I hope this catches on everywhere.

Take care

Mary said...

I haven't visited Asheville in a couple of years~ looks like a great park :-)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Awwwwwwww, this is my kinda scene...a slow moving river, the deep south...picture perfect.

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Allison Shops said...

Love slow moving rivers/streams. Great place!

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Debbie said...

Oh, I just love the shots of the water!! It makes me want to be there.

I think you live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Not that I've seen the whole world to make the comparison of course... but I've been to the NC mountains and can't imagine how my statement could be untrue.

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a beautiful place to bike and hike! Great photos!

Ms. Bake-it said...

It looks like the French Broad River Park is a beautiful place. I fell in love with Ashville and the surrounding areas when I was 13 and went to Camp Mishemokwa during the summers. Started out as a camper then a CIT. Unfortunately, I have not been to NC in a very long time. For a while I considered moving there, but it did not work out. I still think about it though.

~ Tracy

Queen of Dreamsz said...

How lovely the park is...I can see why it's won the great award. Just beautiful!

I'm sharing some wildlife that visits me if you'd like to come take a peek.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Ann said...

Looks like a real nice place. Wouldn't it be nice to sit on those steps for a while and just stare into the water.

Appalachian Lady said...

Lovely park with many good features. Thanks for sharing.

Randy Smith said...

The French Broad River is such a beautiful area. Thanks for sharing these photos.

The Thundering Herd said...

Was googling for some information about the park when I found your blog. As a fellow WNC resident (Maggie Valley), just wanted to stop and say hello. We are enjoying a beautiful spring like day walking our dogs in the park as an escape from the snow still piled up at the house.


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