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Walkers, Rollers, Riders and Runners...Be Safe and Considerate on the Greenway

The Oklawaha Greenway has had more use because of the Coronavirus pandemic. People need to get outside, stretch their legs, and adjust their attitudes after so much sheltering in place! However, even though you’re outside, social distancing is important to practice with other trail users. The National Bicycling Assoc. has a full list of Do’s and Don’t’s on their website:  https://cyclingsavvy.org/2020/05/shared-use-paths-part-1-etiquette/?mc_cid=a53e62d53b&mc_eid=bf644b6a2a

Although the site is geared toward cyclists, the safety tips apply to other trail users as well. Here are a few of the basics:
  • All users keep to the right, and maintain 6 feet from other users (not in your household).
  • Go single file to create more space, never 3 across the path.
  • Keep dogs under control, and on a short leash.
  • Don’t use a crowded path without good bike skills.
  • Yield to oncoming users before passing.
  • Move over and pass with lots of space.
  • Wearing a mask adds a level of protection, and shows respect for others.
Bluebirds? Yep, We've Got 'Em!

The Audubon society has named the Oklawaha Greenway a birding hotspot! To encourage Bluebirds, the 4-H Club installed nine Bluebird-specific nesting boxes along the trail. It often takes 2 years before a box is occupied, but ours had nests right away! This spring was no different, every box had eggs and fledglings! So if a bluebird appears while you’re out on the greenway, let it be a reminder to appreciate the beauty of the nature around you.

Also, a question came in for our resident Bluebird expert Joe Sanders: Should we paint the boxes or leave them natural? Answer: Bluebirds prefer natural, and may not trust a painted box.
Growing Support for Greenway Stimulus Funds

 

The Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway joined more than 150 other organizations from across the country in requesting Congress  to allow the use of Stimulus Funds for Greenway development. 

Details
https://www.greenway.org/stories/momentum-grows-for-greenway-stimulus

 

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Ecusta Trail Update

Henderson County has submitted 5 applications to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for a total of $14,646,186 to develop the Ecusta Trail in five phases. The applications will go to the MPO Board for initial discussion in August. With applications for funding at twice the available funds, competition will be stiff. 

Hellbender Trail Would Connect Five Counties  


The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has been working with local governments and community stakeholders to develop plans for a regional trail network called the Hellbender Regional Trail. It would knit together 150 miles of  bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway trails developed locally in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties. 

The Draft Hellbender Regional Trail Plan is available on the MPO’s website (
http://frenchbroadrivermpo.org/multimodal/).  Comments on the plan should be sent  by Friday, August 21st via the google doc form available on the website, or by emailing mpo@landofsky.org. MPO staff will hold an online workshop about the proposed trail on Friday, July 24th.  The trail plan will be reviewed by the MPO Board at their August meeting.

 
More Pollinators for the Greenway

Boy Scout Nathan Lindsey is asking the City for permission to plant pollinator beds in the newly cleared large meadow near North Main Street for his Eagle Scout project. He plans to use native plants and a naturalistic design similar to those used in the beds planted earlier by the Tree Board. 
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!

Possible Grant for Clear Creek Extension

The City of Hendersonville is again applying for a grant from the State's Parks and Recreation Fund to develop a spur from the Greenway, along Clear Creek, to Carolina Village. A $250,000 contribution from Carolina Village toward the project should help make the City's application very competitive.   
 

New Power Lines Along the Greenway

Duke is replacing the power lines along the Oklawaha Greenway. To accommodate trucks needed for the project, they have widened the shoulders of the Greenway near Kimberly Clark and put in a temporary metal roadway at the Jackson Park end of the Greenway.   
 

Keeping the Greenway Clean

The City has begun experimenting with a sprayer to supplement the blower it has traditionally used to remove silt from the Greenway. Initial results are promising. The City maintains the section of the Greenway from Four Seasons Blvd. to Berkeley Mills Park. The section closest to Jackson Park is maintained by the Henderson County.

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