The Greenway & Blueway project is an ambitious $18.1 million effort to construct five miles of greenway along the French Broad River and Beaverdam Creek, new river access sites, the new Silver-Line Park, expansion of Riverside Park, and creation of the in-stream Wave feature for whitewater paddling and surfing enthusiasts. The included greenway trails will connect to the larger system of greenway trails being developed in the City of Asheville and beyond, promising a network of more than 25 miles of safe urban paths centering on the French Broad River.
The 5.33-acre tract of land in the French Broad Park corridor was acquired by RiverLink in 2005. The property had previously been operated as an auto junkyard over a span of 50 years, and has since been remediated to the state of an open space, fenced property. We’re in the closing stages of adopting the Karen Cragnolin Park Master Plan that will mark the next step of progress in transforming a junkyard into a public park. The process to reach a draft Master Plan took seven months and included a public engagement event on the future park site at 190 Amboy Road and an online survey opportunity to receive input. In late October 2018, the public was invited to see the draft master plan and photos of what the park will look like from various perspectives on the site.