This project is a sustainable approach to improving public infrastructure and aims to improve stormwater management, mobility and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorist, increasing connectivity, and encouraging alternative forms of transportation within the Craven Street Watershed. In partnership with the City of Asheville and New Belgium Brewing Company, RiverLink will implement stormwater BMPs to treat runoff from the neighborhood roads, rooftops, and other impervious surfaces, and restore a section of the stream through the New Belgium Brewery. This will improve the quality of the water and reduce stormwater flows to the stream and French Broad River.
RiverLink is working to clean up the old EDACO junkyard, through the EPA Brownfield Program, to restore the property for future use, connecting the French Broad River Greenway to Carrier Park. After buying the old junkyard RiverLink recycled 100,000 tons of concrete into a component of asphalt with the able assistance of D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company. We utilized phytoremediation to clean contaminants from the soil, the first time this method was used in WNC. Now that the soil has been cleared by the EPA we are ready to start planning the “missing link” in this chain of parks.