Westfeldt Park

This county park, just past the airport, is host to numerous amenities including river access, picnic areas, and walking trails. RiverLink, along with Henderson County Parks and Recreation, has worked to improve the trail system through the development of a porous greenway and new natural trails. In addition to improving the community park, this section of greenway is a demonstration of how greenways along our streams can be constructed to improve water quality and preserve the quality of the natural environment.

Goals:

  • Provide pervious greenway for recreational purposes, which will also be the first section linking to the greenway on the Sierra Nevada property
  • Develop and install additional natural surface walking trails through the park, creating a variety of loops
  • Develop the pervious greenway to be a demonstration site for pervious material use for greenways in Western North Carolina

Project Description:

As part of this project, completed in fall 2016, a 2,400 linear feet loop trail-a combination of greenway and walking trail-was designed and constructed through Westfeldt Park in Henderson County, adjacent to the French Broad River. The park previously lacked recreational pedestrian facilities. The loop trail circumnavigates its interior and not only provides new walking, jogging, and biking paths for visitors, but half of its length (that which parallels the river) serves as the first segment of greenway along the FBR state authorize trail in Henderson County. The segment along the river is 10′ wide pervious asphalt, and segments looping through the meadow will be 6′ wide natural surface. All segments of loop were constructed to widths and specifications to accommodate pedestrians and bicycles multi-use. The project accomplished the utilization of available county park land that only provided recreational opportunities via river-access previously. New terrestrial recreational amenities for multiple user groups were created, including pedestrian and cycling. Of particular significance, this project is the hub of future trail connectivity along FBR to other greenways and parks. The work of numerous RiverLink volunteers played a vital role in the successful completion of this project.

Westfeldt Park was set aside by Henderson Co. for public recreation but largely lacks effective infrastructure for visitors. Recreational waterway access was added to the park, but it still lacked pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The loop trail added needed recreational opportunities and created a non-repeating route that showcases the entire park property, thus allowing the park to better serve the community. In addition, the park’s location leaves it isolated from other public recreation areas. However, a new section of greenway provides pedestrian linkage to the FBR state trail as well as serves as the first segment of trail connectivity to other FBR parks and trails in Henderson and Buncombe counties.

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