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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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RiverMusic continues Sept. 9 when it’s bluegrass night at Carrier Park!

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. Sept. 9 is bluegrass night. Two local groups kick off the show for us — Buncombe Turnpike at […]

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AC-T: RiverLink gets new executive director

By Karen Chavez, kchavez@gannett.com ASHEVILLE – Garrett Artz, co-founder of Connect Enka, a walking and biking advocacy group in Enka-Candler, has been named executive director of the environmental nonprofit RiverLink. Artz takes over the job held for 30 years by RiverLink founder, Karen Cragnolin, who is retiring but will serve as a consultant for strategic property […]

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Help us Name That Creek in Kenilworth!

We feel certain that a creek with a name is more likely to be loved and cared for than an anonymous stream, so we have implemented the Name That Creek program to involve locals in naming the streams that flow through their communities.

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August 28, 2016 Posted by dave

When mere paint isn’t enough: Bike lanes around the world

By Philip Marcelo of The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Cities are increasingly changing bike lanes to make them safer in light of fatal crashes involving cyclists and cars. From Boston to San Francisco and New York to Tokyo, traditional bike lanes running alongside vehicle traffic are being replaced in favor of “protected” lanes or “cycletracks,” […]

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August 27, 2016 Posted by dave

Calling all runners: WCU and Mars Hill grad launches French Broad River Half-Marathon

By Karen Chávez of the Asheville Citizen-Times, kchavez@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – When you just graduated from Western Carolina with an MBA, had a stellar running career at Mars Hill University, and you have a burning passion for business, running, and getting a job, what do you do? If you’re Justin Gragg, you create the half-marathon race of your dreams. […]

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August 26, 2016 Posted by dave

Press Release: Indoor skatepark set to open this fall in the River Arts District

The River Arts District will add a new local attraction to its community as RAD Skatepark sets to open this fall. RAD skatepark will be the only indoor skatepark in Western North Carolina. It will provide regional skaters the opportunity to experience 10,000 square feet of an indoor course inspired by street obstacles from famous […]

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September – October 2016

Sep
9
Fri
RiverMusic continues September 9 with Bluegrass night at Carrier Park @ CarrierPark
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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.

The September 9 event features two local bands — Buncombe Turnpike and Tellico — and headliner Love Canon.

RiverMusic gates will open at 5 p.m. and the good times roll until 10.

The stage for all of these 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, and there are bike racks available onsite.

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

Here’s a look at that night’s schedule:

Friday, September 9 is all Bluegrass
5:30: Buncombe Turnpike
6:45: Tellico
8:00: Love Canon

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.

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Volunteer Session Evening @ RiverLink Offices
Sep 14 @ 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

RSVP to attend

Sep
15
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
Sep 15 @ 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 2:30 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.

Sep
16
Fri
30 Years Celebration Salon: Beginnings — Jean Webb Park, Cotton Mill and more! @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios
Sep 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
30 Years Celebration Salon: Beginnings -- Jean Webb Park, Cotton Mill and more! @ 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

Oct
7
Fri
RiverMusic continues October 7 with a big night — Blitzen Trapper @ CarrierPark
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

October 7 brings an eclectic evening of music to the Prestige Subaru stage. 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.

The October 7 event features two local bands — The Get Right Band and The Broadcast — and our headliners Blitzen Trapper.

RiverMusic gates will open at 5 p.m. and the good times roll until 10.

The stage for all of these 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, and there are bike racks available onsite.

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

Here’s a look at that night’s schedule:

Friday, October 7 is all Bluegrass
5:30:  Get Right Band
6:45:  The Broadcast
8:00:  Blitzen Trapper

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