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Mills River Valley Trail Ride and Festival

Saturday, July 20th, join Conserving Carolina and Bold Rock Hard Cider for a ride and festival benefiting the Mills River Valley Trail. There will be two ride options to accommodate rider of various skill-levels. A 6-mile route along low-traffic roads and a 25-mile more challenging route through beautiful Mills River and Etowah countryside. For registration and details, visit https://conservingcarolina.org/event/mills-river-valley-trail-ride-and-festival/
The Trail Festival is 11:00 AM to 4 PM at Bold Rock Hard Cider. There will be food trucks, vendors, activities for all ages and music by French Broad Valley Music Association. Bold Rock will be donating a portion of proceeds from a signature cocktail to the Mills River Valley Trail.
Support Strut Your Mutt on the Oklawaha Greenway, July 27th!



Strut Your Mutt and the Tails in Town festival returns on Saturday, July 27, to Maple Street in the Historic Depot District of Hendersonville! This year Blue Ridge Humane Society has partnered with WTZQ for the 5K and will be facilitating the event as a fundraiser for Blue Ridge Humane, Foothills Humane Society, Charlie’s Angels, Boxer Butts and Other Mutts, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Racers can run or walk the 5K course along the Oklawaha Greenway and historic Hyman Heights, along with furry four-legged friends! Dogs and children under 12 can participate for free! Racers can pre-register online here: https://www.wtzq.com/strut-your-mutt/ Racers can also sign-up onsite with cash, check or credit for $30 day of. Strut Your Mutt is presented by Hunter Subaru for the second year in a row with support from First Citizen’s Bank, Norm’s Minit Marts, Wild Birds Unlimited, and Beverly Hanks. Following the run/walk the Tails in Town festival will take place from 10am-2pm with pet-focused vendors, a pet costume contest, food and beer vendors, and more! Of course the festival is pet-friendly! To learn more about Tails in Town visit https://www.wtzq.com/tails-in-town.
Pollinator Site Created Along the Oklawaha



The City of Hendersonville has long sought to improve pedestrian facilities along N Main Street. With the help of funding from the sidewalk bond, the City began construction in 2018 for the sidewalk. Unfortunately, the N Main St. bridge which crosses Mud Creek was unable to accommodate a sidewalk, so the City chose to connect pedestrians via a pedestrian bridge just to the south (upstream) of the NCDOT bridge. This bridge was placed on October 17, 2018. To mitigate the adverse impacts the bridge will have on flooding, it was necessary to selectively clear almost 5 acres of brush and woodland adjacent to the Oklawaha Greenway just downstream. The entire area will now be a dedicated pollinator site.  Special native seed provided by the Fish and Wildlife Service was planted to provide habitat and help support pollinators and other wildlife. Several different types of seed mixes, including floodplain, wetland meadow, upland meadow, butterfly/ hummingbird and riparian buffer were included. There are low-lying, wet areas in addition to higher ground and various mounds to provide diverse habitat for plants and wildlife. Approximately 1,000 ft of natural surface (mulch) trails are available for the public to explore this meadow, which includes 2.3 acres of wetland. Care was taken during construction to avoid impacting wetland areas.
 
New Happenings Along the Greenway

A children's Free Lending Library was installed recently in Sullivan Park. It is accessible from the Oklawaha Greenway via the small trail near the North Main Parking area. 

Friends of Oklawaha sprucing up the area around the red kiosk. Volunteer dates for future work parties will be mentioned on the Facebook page and the website.


 
GRANTS FOR GREENWAYS!
  • The City of Hendersonville has submitted a $341,800 grant application to the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for the proposed Clear Creek Greenway.  The project would provide 4,000 feet of a 10’ paved greenway along Clear Creek from the existing Oklawaha Greenway near Berkeley Mills Park to Carolina Village.  Carolina Village has pledged $250,000 to support the project. 
  • Henderson County has submitted a $216,712 grant application to the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to engineer a fix for the Oklawaha Greenway in an area that frequently floods between Jackson Park and Seventh Avenue.
  • Conserving Carolina has submitted a $126,850 grant application to the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund to support the acquisition of greenway easements from several property owners to extend the Cane Creek Greenway east along Cane Creek from the Bill Moore Community Park to other Town-owned park property in Fletcher. 
Grant awards are anticipated to be announced in August.
 
Friend of the Greenway



Rebekah Robinson
grew up in Alabama and fell in love with the mountains of western North Carolina while visiting Montreat each summer. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Auburn University and a JD from Tulane Law School with a certificate in Environmental Law. As Assistant Director for Programs she conducts land protection projects with a focus on public recreational assets, manages program-related grants and donations, and leads the organization’s public policy initiatives. Rebekah enjoys exploring the mountains and rivers of North Carolina and beyond, front-yard vegetable gardening, acting as sous-chef for her partner, Ian, and completely spoiling her pup, Rosie.
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