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 are working to improve the trail system, through development of a porous greenway and new natural trails. In addition to improving the community park, this section of greenway will be a demonstration of how greenways along our streams can be constructed to improve water quality and preserve the quality of the natural environment.
Project will design and construct a 2,400 linear feet loop trail-a combination of greenway and walking trail-through Westfeldt Park in Henderson County, adjacent to the French Broad River. The park currently lacks recreational pedestrian facilities. The loop trail will circumnavigate its interior and will not only provide new walking, jogging, and biking paths for visitors, but half of its length (that which parallels the river) will serve as the first segment of greenway along the FBR state authorize trail in Henderson County. The segment will along river will be 10′ wide pervious-asphalt & segments looping through the meadow will be 6′ wide natural surface. All segments of loop will be constructed to widths and specifications to accommodate pedestrians and bicycles multi-use. Project will accomplish the utilization of available county park land that currently only provides recreational opportunities via river-access. Project will create new terrestrial recreational amenities for multiple user groups, including pedestrian and cycling. Of particular significance, project will be the hub of future trail connectivity along FBR to other greenways & parks.
Westfeldt Park was set aside by Henderson Co. for public recreation but largely lacks effective infrastructure for visitors. Recreational waterway access has recently been added to the park, but it still lacks pedestrian & bicycle facilities. The loop trail will add needed recreational opportunities, allow the park to better serve the community, & create a non-repeating route that showcases the entire park property. Also, the park’s location leaves it isolated from other public recreation areas. New section of greenway will provide pedestrian linkage to the FBR state trail as well as serve as first segment of trail connectivity to other FBR parks & trails in Henderson & Buncombe counties.
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