Asheville, NC, June 2,2014 - Friends of Connect Buncombe, a newly formed nonprofit,formed to advance the implementation of the Greenways and Trails Master Plan adopted by the county, is launching the first "Greenways and Trails and Beyond" campaign.The goal of the crowdfunding campaign is to raise $20,000 between June 1st and July 30th for a feasibility study from the existing French Broad River and Hominy Creek Greenways to the Farmer's market. The study will examine possible routes for a single or multiple pathways.
The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club has donated the first $1000 to the campaign. "The Blue Ridge Bike Club is happy to help Friends of Connect Buncombe start their crowdfunding efforts for a greenway along the Brevard Road corridor. This group embodies the mission of BRBC to make it possible for more people in our community to enjoy riding bicycles," Joe Sanders, President, Blue Ridge Bike Club.
To donate and for more information about Friends of Connect Buncombe, please visit www.weconnectbuncombe.org.
Imagine being able to someday safely walk or bike from Asheville to the NC Arboretum and onto Biltmore Park or vice versa. One of the eight priority corridors identified in the Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Master Plan is the corridor between the French Broad River and Hominy Creek Greenways, along Brevard Road, past the WNC Farmer's Market, out to the hiking and biking trails of Bent Creek and the Arboretum, and then on to Biltmore Park. Raising funds for a feasibility study for the first section between the French Broad River and Hominy Creeks greenways is FoCB's first project and the first step in making this pathway a reality.
Please see Garrett Artz'sOp/Ed piece in the June 1,2014Asheville Citizen-Times. Time to Connect