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RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play.

RiverLink accomplishes its mission by providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, reclaiming contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment, greenway development,  creating public no-fee, no-reservation overnight camping  sites along the river,  adaptive reuse of historic  structures,  educating  5,000 students  K-12  annually as well as the public-at-large about  the French Broad River watersheds’ importance  and empowering over 1,700 volunteers each year.

RiverLink was established in 1987 and is the only French Broad River watershed  non-profit exclusively focused on the French Broad River.

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RiverFest 2016 offers great local music on August 13

RiverLink’s RiverMusic moves into its fifth big year in 2016. As always, there will be live music from local and national acts, local beer and foodtrucks, free parking and admission, and the sun setting over the beautiful French Broad River. RiverFest, when the zany “yachts” in the Anything That Floats Parade takes to the water, […]

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RiverLink opens new access point along French Broad River

Public river access is part of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan and RiverLink is always on the lookout for new sites to get folks on the French Broad River. Once they do a float or paddle, our theory is that they’ll learn to appreciate the River and become better stewards of it. Below is a […]

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2016 Anything That Floats Parade Registration is open!

Get your creative caps on, put together a team, and build your yacht for the 2016 Anything That Floats Parade! Registration is now open for RiverLink’s Anything That Floats Parade which will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 on the French Broad River in Asheville. You can access the registration form, including payment information, […]

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July 30, 2016 Posted by dave

Come volunteer at RiverFest 2016

RiverFest is our signature event  — a full day of live music, local beer and food, and the Anything That Floats Parade on the waters of the beautiful French Broad River. It all happens on Saturday, August 13 and takes a lot of volunteers to pull this event off, and we thank you for your […]

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July 29, 2016 Posted by dave

WLOS: Prepare for activity as RADTIP pre-construction begins this summer

WLOS — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — There’s lots information from the city this summer for people who live or work in the RAD. The City of Asheville begins pre-construction activities in the River Arts District for River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP), a project that includes the installation of sidewalks, street trees, public art, bike […]

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July 28, 2016 Posted by dave

Hendersonville, local partners hold ribbon cutting celebration for Oklawaha greenway July 29

From a press release: Mayor Volk and City Council cordially invite you to attend: The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Extension (Phase Three) of the Oklawaha Greenway to Berkeley Mills Park Friday, July 29, 2016: 4:00 p.m. The City of Hendersonville and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce announce the official […]

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August – September 2016

Aug
10
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application

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Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Aug 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join RiverLink for an evening volunteer info session.  The information session will begin at 5:30 p.m.

 The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application

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Aug
13
Sat
RiverFest, including the Anything That Floats Parade is August 13! @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

RiverLink’s RiverFest moves into its 16th big year in 2016. As always, there will be live music from local  favorite acts, local beer and foodtrucks, free parking and admission, and the sun setting over the beautiful French Broad River.

RiverFest will take place at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, located at 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District (map). Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the good times roll until 7. The Anything That Floats parade yachts will begin arriving at the river access we built there at about 2.

The stage for all of our events will be powered by Sundance Solar again. We’ll also have the trolley service making a circuitous route between the concert venue and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (map). Attendees can also paddle up to the river access we have installed, and there are bike racks available onsite. If you must drive, parking is available on both sides of the event site.

Please don’t bring dogs or food and beverages from outside the venue.

Here’s a look at the RiverMusic schedule:

Saturday, August 13 (RiverFest), a local music showcase:
2:30:  Grits & Soul
3:45:  Sirius.B
5:15:  Floating Action

Aug
18
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Aug 18 @ 11:45 am – 2:30 pm

If you ever wondered about the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay development project – this is your opportunity to see and hear about the plans for the future.

Available Seats:
There is space for 12 participants on each tour.

Reservations (with confirmation from RiverLink) are a must.  REGISTER ONLINE 

Time and Location

  • Meet at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Avenue (directions)  in the third level of the parking lot down the hill from the Chamber building.
  • Plan to arrive by 11:45 as the tour starts promptly at noon. The bus will return you to the Chamber at 2:00 p.m.

Tour the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers with RiverLink and witness their magic firsthand. This is an opportunity to see the improvements that have occurred and hear what is coming over the next several months and years to make our rivers a better place to work, live and play. You will also learn some local history and visit some streets and neighborhoods you have never seen before.

Aug
19
Fri
30 Years Celebration Salon: Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios
Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
30 Years Celebration Salon: Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Throughout 2016, RiverLink will present a series of monthly events showcasing various aspects of RiverLink’s history and contributions to the Asheville and WNC area. RiverLink’s impact on the community is both varied and powerful. From greenway and park creation to cleaner water, economic development, cleaning “dirty dirt” and much more, RiverLink has been on the cusp of the region’s evolution for decades.

The majority of these events will take place the third Friday of each  month at the RiverLink office from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Topics will include The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan, Conservation Easements and restoration projects, volunteerism, and more.

Parking is available in the 12Bones parking lot (map).

While these events are free, registration is required. Please Register Here! Or contact melinda@riverlink.org / 828-252-8474 ext 10.

Sep
14
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The information session will detail all of RiverLink’s volunteer positions in a 30 minute Powerpoint presentation. Volunteers will have a chance to fill out a volunteer application, and the Volunteer Coordinator will be available to answer questions and help volunteers find their best fit at RiverLink.

Download the RiverLink Volunteer Application

RSVP to attend

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