FEBRUARY E-NEWS
" You can give without loving but you can never love without giving." 

Dear Friends,

2017 is off to a great start! We have many exciting updates- a new Board president, a new website in the works, and several great events to look forward to this year. Day by day, we are making a difference in our community. 

Want to show Buncombe County some LOVE this Valentine's Day? Give the gift of greenways with a donation today, or consider getting involved in our ongoing initiatives! We value your support. We appreciate your commitment. Together we are Making Greenways Happen.

Friends of Connect Buncombe  

$22 MILLION GREENWAY GROWTH COMING TO AVL 
recent city bond approved $4.7 million in property taxpayer funding to build more than 16 miles of paved trail that will add to an already unprecedented surge in greenway plans paid for by federal and city money. To put it in perspective, in the three decades before 2015, less than 5 miles of greenways were built.  LEARN MORE
  FONTA FLORA TRAIL PLANS
T he newest unit of the North Carolina State Parks System, the Fonta Flora Trail, aims to unify Western North Carolina towns from the foothills to the mountains, stringing together spots from Morgantown to Asheville. The planned 80-mile foot and bike trail will bring back to life, if only in name, the little lost town.  LEARN MORE


SEVEN MILES ON A SATURDAY
On January 14, twenty "hard core" Carolina Mountain Club hikers signed up to do something different from their typical rigorous hikes on our WNC's mountain trails. T his closer-to-home hike explored current and future greenways in Buncombe County and offered an alternative adventure for these nature junkies. I think of greenways as the "gateway drug" to hiking trails.  LEARN MORE
UPDATES FROM KAREN CRAGNOLIN PARK 
The site of the EDACO junkyard for over twenty years, RiverLink's Karen Cragnolin Park on Amboy Road in West Asheville has taken one more step towards becoming a part of Buncombe County's ever-expanding greenway system.  RiverLink has been working to clean the contaminated soil on the site since 2013 using a process called phytoremediation LEARN MORE
CONNECT REEMS CREEK
Our friends and neighbors in Weaverville's Connect Reems Creek are committed to connecting the  Reems Creek Valley to the French Broad River with greenways and trails. Follow them on their brand NEW Facebook page to show your support and learn about the latest updates, including their community presentation and feasibility study.  LEARN MORE
FRENCH BROAD GREENWAY WEST OPENS
It's official: French Broad River Greenway West from Craven Street to Haywood Road is now open to the public! Visitors may access the greenway through the trailhead off Craven Street beside the French Broad River. Parking is available on both sides of adjacent Hazel Mill Road.  LEARN MORE
SAVE THE DATE!
Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events!

February 18: Bike Love '17
Join Asheville On Bikes and New Belgium Brewing at the Salvage Station for silent auction, raffle, photo booth, and live music. Tickets on sale now.

April 8: Greenway Challenge
The Black Mountain Greenway Commission and Pisgah Brewing invite you to the 10th Annual Greenway Challenge 5K/10K Race.

May 19: Growing Greenways 
 This one-day event at the North Carolina Arboretum  will focus on generating and sustaining public and political support for greenway project development  throughout Western North Carolina. Registration required.