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Thank You Henderson County!
It's official! On April 1 the Henderson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the county’s Greenway Master Plan. The county, local municipalities and non-profits can now begin applying for grants to help fund the 71 miles of greenways proposed in the 30-year plan. An approved plan will also allow the county to begin procuring rights-of-way for proposed greenways. Thank you to the many, many volunteers who have worked long and hard to make all this possible, and to the County Commissioners and County staff for their vision in developing and approving the plan.
New Clear Creek Greenway Will Connect to Carolina Village
Carolina Village, a retirement community near I-26, has donated $250,000 toward the cost of a three-quarters of a mile Greenway, to connect Carolina Village with the northern end of the Oklawaha Greenway. Eventually the new Greenway could be continued on to Walmart, and then to Edneyville. Most of the new paved trail would run along Clear Creek where the City has a sewer easement. The City of Hendersonville will provide $381,000 toward the cost of the Greenway and then apply for a matching grant for $381,000 from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to cover the rest of the project. Please show you support for this greenway by attending the public hearing on April 16th from 5:00 to 6:00 in the Hendersonville Operations Center at 305 Williams Street.
Plans to Alleviate Greenway Flooding Near Jackson Park
The County Board of Commissioners has authorized county staff to apply for a grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, part of which would be used in part to help alleviate chronic flooding on the Greenway between Jackson Park and Four Seasons Boulevard. The City of Hendersonville has agreed to cover $173,000 of the $336,000 project.
Funding for New Greenways
Greenways cost an average of $1 million a mile to build. Grants are expected to cover part of the cost of the planned Greenways. However, matching funds from local governments, private donors and local non-profit groups, will also be needed. Conserving Carolina will be accepting donations to support greenways, including the procurement of land and rights-of-way for proposed greenways. Please contact Lynn Killian at 828-697-5777 x 202 or lynn@conservingcarolina.org to make a donation. The Community Foundation is setting up a fund to help cover other greenway expenses. Pleaase contact Lee Henderson-Hill at 828-697-6224 x115 or LHenderson-Hill@CFHCforever.org to make a donation. Donations to both groups are tax deductible.
Volunteer for WNC Flyer Bike Race and Get $15 an Hour for Greenways
The Blue Ridge Bike Club is offering to support Henderson County greenways by providing $15 an hour for volunteers who help with their annual June 2 bike race. That means two people who work three hours can get $90 for greenways!  The WNC Flyer, which attracts 1,000 riders from across the county, departs from Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard. Volunteer opportunities begin in late May. Sign up at https://racesonline.com/events/wnc-flyer. Click on “Volunteer Sign Up” then choose the spot you would like to sign up for by clicking on the green “SIGN UP” box. Enter your e-mail and click  “Continue”. Then enter your contact information and select the number of slots you are taking if you will be bringing other volunteers.
UPCOMING EVENTS

April 16: Greenway Supporters Needed for Clear Creek Greenway Hearing
Plan now to voice your support for Greenways at the City of Hendersonville’s Public Hearing concerning the proposed Clear Creek Greenway. The new greenway would connect the northern end of the  Oklawaha Greenway to Carolina Village. The hearing will take place on April 16th from 5:00 to 6:00 in the Hendersonville Operations Center at 305 Williams Street. To better accommodate those with other commitments, Brendan Shanahan of the City’s Engineering Department will be available in the meeting room from 4:30.

April 18: League of Women Voter Greenway Walk
Please join the League of Women Voters for a walk along the Greenway led by Suzanne hale, Chair of the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway. Meet at 4:00 PM at the round pavilion in Patton Part near the skateboard ramp.

April 22: Earth Day Greenway Clean-Up
Sponsored by Conserving Carolina. Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up around Berkeley Park and the adjacent section of the Greenway from 12:30 on Monday, April 22. Contact ConservingCarolina.org to make a reservation or get further information.
 

April 27: Kiwanis 5th Annual Bunny Hop 5K Fun Run
Come to Patton Park at 10:00am on Saturday April 27th for the 5th annual Bunny Hop 5K Fun Run. 100% of funds raised stay in Henderson County to support the Kiwanis Socks and Shoes program. Free bunny ears for all pre-registered participants. Prizes given for best individual costume, oldest, and youngest hoppers. Special appearance by the Easter Bunny. This is not a sanctioned race – this is a Fun Run for all ages!
 

June 2: WNC Flyer Saturday
Support local greenways by signing up now to help with the bike race. See details above.
 

July 27: Strut Your Mutt & Tails in Town
A delightful family and pet friendly 5K walk/run in the 7th Avenue District of downtown Hendersonville. Race proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Humane Society. The race begins at 8 AM. Registration is required. The route includes sections of the Oklawaha Greenway and area streets. Tails in Town follows the race around 10AM. Various vendors and organizations will be providing pet friendly wares, information and support. You can preregister for the race or arrive early on the day of the event. 
Friend of the Greenway
Gray Jernigan serves as Southern Regional Director in MountainTrue's Hendersonville office. He oversees MountainTrue's work to promote bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in transportation projects across the region. MountainTrue is a founding partner of the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway, and Gray serves as a representative to help promote expansion of the Oklawaha Greenway.

Gray and his wife Carly have two dogs, Waylon and Layla, that love walking and jogging on the greenway. They like riding bikes and appreciate the safety the greenway provides to avoid traffic when getting from place to place around Hendersonville. They even re-purposed a child trailer for the dogs so they can enjoy longer greenway rides and get some wind in their faces. Their family dreams of a day when they can ride the Oklawaha Greenway for miles north and south of Hendersonville and connect with other greenway systems, so they were very excited to see the County's newly adopted Greenway Master Plan. 
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