John Boyle, Asheville Citizen Times
Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:
Question: At Carrier Park and Amboy River Park, there’s a section of the park to be named for Karen Cragnolin, the former executive director of RiverLink. It was a section where there was a bunch of concrete piled up, and they had to remove it and put in grass to keep it moist. A few years ago, I think the parks department tore up the sprinkler system by accident. But what’s happening with this piece of property? Is it going to be part of the park? Right now you have to walk out on the road to go around it.
My answer: I’m surprised the name “Bunch of Concrete Park” has never been snapped up.
Real answer: It’s getting there, but progress is slow.
“The area referenced in the question is not yet ready to be planned as a possible park or be open to the public, but we made significant progress on it in the last few months by having the last of our hot spots pass environmental testing,” said Garrett Artz, executive director of RiverLink. “This does not mean it is yet approved for public access, because that would require signing a brownfields remediation agreement with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, and it may require an additional set of soil tests.”
Artz said they’ve made a proposal to DEQ on how to conduct the testing and they’re waiting on a response.
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