Ross Creek winds down from Town Mountain through Chunns Cove thru Kenilworth to Kenilworth Lake, then down to the Swannanoa River. RiverLink has worked with the Neighborhood and the city to improve water quality in this impaired target watershed, through riparian conservation and implementing project identified in the 2007 Ross Creek Master Plan.
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 is working 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 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.
RiverLink frequently supports The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway as they work to manage and create community parkland that maintains its wild nature, preserves the area’s rich history, and connects the West Asheville community to the river and to downtown. The park and future greenway extension are approximately 14 acres of forested land along Hominy Creek in West Asheville. The land borders 2/3 mile of the northern side of Hominy Creek and Buttermilk Creek between Sand Hill Road and Shelburne Road.
This project is to support the completion of 1/4 mile of the Reed Creek Greenway from Catawba St. to W.T Weaver Blvd. RiverLink and the Montford Community have been working together with other local entities’ to support this effort. The Pigeon River Fund, of the Community Foundation of WNC, has supported water quality and stormwater runoff treatment of the constructed trail.
The greenway incorporates two stormwater wetlands which treat water runoff from the greenway, roads and other impervious surfaces. Additionally, these wetlands provide an educational resource for the community and local schools. RiverLink has worked with the local community to remove invasive species and replant native species along the Reed Creek to improve the riparian habitat along the creek.
RiverLink accepted a donation of 3.33 acres of land in the Kenilworth neighborhood in 2012. The land will be preserved as part of RiverLink’s long-range plans to protect and preserve properties in the Ross Creek sub-watershed of the Swannanoa River, which in turn is a sub-watershed of the French Broad River. This land may also help jump-start RiverLink’s efforts to develop a greenway and fitness trail from the neighborhood to the river.
RiverLink’s Pearson Bridge property is another example of how much we value the history of the river, canoeing and kayaking opportunities, development of new recreational businesses, and adaptive reuse of buildings. We bought the old Tire Store at Pearson Bridge in 2011 because it was the site of the historic old Riverside Park, and presented a wonderful opportunity for river access. The space was filled with a local outfitter, now known as French Broad River Outfitters to help people enjoy and experience the river. Later we worked with FBRO to install a canoe access to the river, which is now used by thousands of people every year.
Page in development, more of our old projects will be added in the future.