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Environmental Education, River Recreation, Service Learning "Educating and empowering the next generation of watershed stewards" 2016 RiverCamp session dates: 1st Session: June 13 ...

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Along the French Broad’s 219 miles is a variety of experiences for people of all ages. RiverLink showcases many of ...

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In efforts to improve the water quality within the French Broad River Watershed, RiverLink has spearheaded numerous water quality projects ...

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RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a destination for everyone 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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The RiverMusic 2016 lineup is here and it kicks!

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’s Karen Cragnolin stepping down as executive director

After 30 years at the helm, Karen Cragnolin is stepping down from her post as executive director of RiverLink. Cragnolin founded the nonprofit in 1986, long before most people in Asheville saw the French Broad River area as a potential asset for the city. Now a thriving part of the region’s economy, the River Arts District is […]

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RiverCamp registration is now open!

French Broad RiverCamp gives your youngster a learning experience while they’re having a great time. Click here to learn more!    

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May 5, 2016 Posted by dave

From The Tennessean: Tennessee must address persistent litter problem

Guest commentary from Tamara Marshall Whiting. This could just as easily have been written about North Carolina. Picture this: An unkempt, dirty man in a sleeveless T-shirt speeding down a highway in an old, beat-up convertible. As he drives, he begins discarding all the trash in his car: fast-food containers, bags, soda cups, aluminum cans, you name it. It all […]

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May 4, 2016 Posted by dave

XPress Beer Scout: Beer is flowing at New Belgium’s Liquid Center

By Scott Douglas New Belgium Brewing Co. marked a milestone on Monday, May 2, when, after years of anticipation, the public was finally welcomed to its newly completed Liquid Center tasting room. It’s been about three years since the Colorado brewery began deconstructing the old Asheville Stockyards to make way for a new production facility […]

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May 3, 2016 Posted by dave

Cinder block Carrier Park building to get $274,000 overhaul

By Joel Burgess, jburgess@citizen-times.com ASHEVILLE – The main building serving the city’s most popular park is set to undergo a $274,108 overhaul. The squat cinder-block structure that sits near Asheville’s velodrome in Carrier Park is in poor shape and has “conditions that constitute code violations,” according to an April 26 report submitted by Pete Wall, city landscape […]

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May
6
Fri
RiverMusic kicks off on May 6 with the Greyhounds @ RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza
May 6 @ 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 first four events — three nights of RiverMusic and RiverFest — will take place at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, located at 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District (map). RiverMusic gates will open at 5 p.m. and the good times roll until 10. RiverFest will begin at 1 p.m., about the time the Anything That Floats parade yachts will begin arriving at the river access we built, and go until 7 p.m.

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 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:

Friday, May 6, an evening of world/funk/soul
5:30:  Les Amis (members of Toubab Krewe & Zansa)
6:45:  Major and The Monbacks
8:15:  Greyhounds

May
11
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
May 11 @ 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
May 11 @ 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

May
19
Thu
RiverLink Bus Tour @ RiverFront Bus Tour
May 19 @ 11:45 am – 2:00 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.

May
27
Fri
30 Years Celebration Salon: Youth Education @ RiverLink office in Warehouse Studios
May 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
30 Years Celebration Salon: Youth Education @ 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 a must at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4caea82ba1f49-january or via email at dave@riverlink.org.

Jun
8
Wed
Volunteer Session Morning @ RiverLink Offices
Jun 8 @ 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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