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Updates and Events                    Winter 2019
Key County Advisory Committees Support Greenway Master Plan
Five key Henderson County advisory committees have given their unanimous support to the proposed Greenway Master Plan: The Planning Board, Transportation Advisory Committee, Environmental Advisory Committee, Tourism Development Authority, Board of Health, and Recreation Advisory Committee. Their input will be provided to the Board of Commissioners as part of their final review of the Master Plan.
2019 Greenway Events
The Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway have begun plans for events in 2019. Possibilities include a Bluebird Walk, a Native Tree Walk, a History Walk, a Dog Walk and Bike Rides.
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Outstanding Results from Greenway Survey 
The 400 plus responses to the County’s recent Greenway Survey broke records for county surveys. Over 90% of the responses were positive.    

Thirty letters of support for the new Greenway Master Plan have been posted on the County's new Greenway Website at HCGreenways.org.  The letters, written by a wide range of community groups and businesses, emphasize the economic, health, transportation and environmental importance of greenways. Additional letters of support can be sent to:

The Board of Commissioners
RE: Greenway Master Plan: 30 Year Vision
Henderson County Board of Commissioners
100 N. King Street
Hendersonville, CT 28729

 
Greenway Improvements
A new pedestrian bridge near North Main has improved access to the Greenway from the west side of Mud Creek. The bridge is part a broader Hendersonville project to build more sidewalks to make streets safer. To save money, the City chose to install a smaller pedestrian bridge across Mud Creek and make use of the existing Greenway spur to Patton Park, rather than widening the current bridge over Mud Creek on North Main Street and installing new sidewalks between Mud Creek and the North Main railroad crossing.
 
A new small boat landing under the Berkeley Road Bridge will allow paddlers to explore Mud Creek to the French Broad River and beyond.  The well-built landing, which survived recent floods, was installed by Jayhawk Reese-Julien as an Eagle Scout project.

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Greenway Spur to Walmart Proposed
The City of Hendersonville is exploring the possibility of a greenway spur that would connect the Oklawaha Greenway to Carolina Village, and then go on to Walmart. The construction would be done in phases and coordinated with Henderson County. The City is looking at the possibility of working with NCDOT to provide access across Interstate 26 when the Interstate is widened. 
 
Friend of the Greenway: John Evers
If you have been in the Hendersonville area for a year or more, you probably have seen John Evers around town. During the holidays you could spot him as Santa at many local fundraisers. John, who is fondly referred to as Hendo’s Ambassador, quietly promotes and participates in numerous causes that benefit our community and the people who live here.
 
He and his wife, Tammy, moved to Hendersonville from DC about seven years ago. “And we never looked back!” John exclaims. He grew up in a Navy family and his own military service included 8 years in the U.S. Air Force working with the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Soviet Air Defense analyst.

John is chief organizer for Hendo Fun Friends (HFF), a local social group with almost 1500 members. John’s enthusiasm has quadrupled the group’s membership since he took over in 2015. “We are very active in the community and growing!” John explains.
 
The Hendo Fun Friends sponsor walks along the Oklawaha Greenway three days per week. “I have Type 2 Diabetes. Exercise is very important in maintaining my blood sugar, so three years ago, I began walking the Oklawaha Greenway. Soon, my fellow Fun Friends joined me and my solo walks became a regularly scheduled Amble & Ramble event. The walks provide time to socialize while getting some low impact exercise. Many members bring their dogs. The participants number from 8 – 20, depending on weather. If you’d like to join us, please check the Friends of The Oklawaha Greenway page for dates and times.”
 
John has used the Greenway for numerous fundraising and awareness events. “I've hosted events for the ACS Relay For Life and this fall, led an Oktoberfest trek to benefit the Friends of Oklawaha Greenway. I’m very excited about the County’s current feasibility studies for expanding and improving the Oklawaha Greenway.”
Volunteer for a Better Greenway
Please consider volunteering to help with Greenway events and fundraising.  As plans to extend the Greenway move forward we are also looking for someone to help research potential grants.  To volunteer, please contact the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway through our website: friendsofoklawaha.org
The Steering Committee for Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway


Left to right: Rebekah Robinson, Joe Sanders, Jan Allen, Ginny Faust, Katie Breckenheimer, Suzanne Hale, Robyn Brooks, John Evers, Gray Jernigen, and Kathy Kyle
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