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New Native Plants Garden for Greenway

 
The Hendersonville City Council recently approved the development of a native plants garden on the Greenway in memory of Wes Burlingame, a local nurseryman, lecturer and environmentalist.  For three decades, Wes enthusiastically promoted the use of  native plantings in private and public gardens throughout Henderson County.  As a member of the Hendersonville Tree Board, he led Native Tree Walks on the Greenway and developed its pollinator beds.  Volunteers will begin planting the area around the Greenway's red kiosk in March. Tax deductible donations for the garden can be made through MountainTrue via the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway website at: https://www.friendsofoklawaha.org/6donate.php.  Please make sure all donations are clearly marked "Friends of Oklawaha for Burlingame Memorial Garden" by using the prompt "Is there anything you want us to know?" on the last screen of the donation's processing.
Possible Funding to Mitigate Greenway Flooding and
Extend the Trail Through Jackson Park


The four-year budget plan for Henderson County's Parks and Recreation Department includes $862,431 to "Complete the greenway and add an extension trough Jackson Park." Part of this money could be used for a much-needed boardwalk over the section of greenway near the park that frequently floods. Last November a feasibility study for extending the Oklawaha Greenway was presented to the Board of Commissioners. It included plans to construct the boardwalk and extension. As part of County's budgeting process the Board of Commissioners prioritize budget proposals. Although this improvement of the Oklawaha Greenway was ranked highly, it is not clear when it will be funded. If you are concerned about improving and extending the Greenway through Jackson Park, this would be a good time to let our Commissioners know. To contact them see: https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/directory-listing-departments/board-commissioners
Oklawaha Greenway Part of 2020 White Squirrel
Hiking Challenge

Conserving Carolina's popular White Squirrel Hiking Challenge is back and featuring the Oklawaha Greenway as one of the challenge hikes! Take the challenge and go on 8 hikes, all on lands that Conserving Carolina helped protect. You’ll get to see new trails, dramatic views, famous waterfalls, and probably some places you’ve never seen before.

The Hiking Challenge is free and open to all, but you must be a Conserving Carolina member to become a Hiking Challenge 5 Champion. If you are a member and you complete all 8 hikes, you will earn an awards package, including your white squirrel patch, a $10 gift card to Mast General Store in Hendersonville, and a certificate of completion.

Additional Funds Available for Clear Creek Greenway
 
The City of Hendersonville received notification in late October that the City is being recommended for a Water Resources Development Grant to support the construction of the Clear Creek Greenway, which will connect Carolina Village to the Oklawaha Greenway. However, a formal award letter for the $150,00 grant has not yet been received, perhaps due to state budget uncertainties. An additional $250,000 toward the $1.4 million project was received from Carolina Village last year. To further close the funding gap the City will re-apply for a grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund in May.  


Want More Greenways? Tell the DOT - NOW!

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is inviting input on possible transportation projects, including pedestrian and bicycle projects, for its 10-year transportation plan for 2023-2032. DOT funds are critically important to the development of new greenways and public input is an important component of their planning process. A 30-day public comment period to submit project ideas is happening between January 27 and February 28. During this period, the public can send project suggestions in a short, interactive survey found at https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/Transportation/stip/development/Pages/public-involvement.aspx. The public can also drop by the NCDOT Division 13 Office at 55 Orange Street, Asheville, NC 28801 from January 29 through January 31 to provide input or speak to NCDOT staff about potential projects. Please show your support for bicycle and pedestrian projects in our region!

Vote for the Oklawaha Greenway on Facebook

The City of Hendersonville's Facebook page also offers a chance to vote for the Oklawaha Greenway. The City has applied to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for a MOBI award for the Oklawaha Greenway. DOT's Mobi Awards recognize projects that showcase the important and transformational role that investments in multimodal transportation – such as bicycle, pedestrian, rail, transit, ferry and aviation projects – play in creating vibrant communities in all parts of North Carolina.  Please take a minute to show your support for the Oklawaha Greenway at:
https://ncdot.submittable.com/gallery/91ddc675-37c8-47c0-a13b-bb4be0aa9e61/14814966/?fbclid=IwAR3tOA_Cy3aW-nqyKeATnYN9lxAWHcwcD9_VsHEF6IyPC86RbGogkdbH5V4

You can vote up to three times a day until February 21.
Pet-etiquette PLEASE!

If you take pets on the Greenway please make sure they do not disturb other Greenway users. Even friendly dogs can be frightening to those who are not familiar with dogs, and dogs on long leads can be dangerous to bikers.

Several pet waste stations have been placed along the Greenway to support pet owners. 
Please make use of them!
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