Karen Cragnolin Park: A Look Back

After 17 years preparing the land, healing the soil, listening to our neighbors, and designing with world-renowned landscape architects, we’re delighted that the Greenway Phase of Karen Cragnolin Park will be open to the public this summer! Journey with us through these photos showing 190 Amboy Rd transformed from car-crushing operation to convalescent brownfield to this month’s construction groundbreaking. In addition, a rendered preview of the completed Greenway Phase, which will activate and connect a key segment of the greenway along the French Broad River.

Edaco’s car-crushing operation at the site (2001)
Removing concrete, round one (2008)
Removing concrete and contaminated soil (2011)
Soil testing (2014)
RiverLink staff continue evaluating the site (2017)
Testing the last few hot spots of contaminated soil (2017)
ABTech students sample macroinvertebrates (2018)
Local kids ready for a new place to ride (2019)
Ongoing litter cleanup is a heavy lift (2020)
Volunteers remove Kudzu along the fence line (2021)
Staff and supporters celebrate groundbreaking (April, 2023)
Completed greenway phase expected Summer, 2023