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.