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September 28th Walk to Support the Oklawaha!


On September 28 the Hendo Fun Friends will be hosting a mini fundraiser for the Friends of Oklawaha Greenway. This event will be a repeat of last year's Oktoberfest 5K Volksmarch and held in conjunction with Southern Appalachian Brewery's (SAB) annual Oktoberfest Festival. The group walk will begin at SAB at 11:30 AM. We will meander through the Historic 7th Avenue District and then onto the Oklawaha Greenway. The pace will be slow to moderate. Children and leashed pets are welcome. We will return to SAB at about 1:00 p.m., which is when the gate opens for the Oktoberfest Festival - just in time for the first brat and beer of the day!

Registration will be from 11:00 – 11:30 AM with a $6 cash donation collected to benefit the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway. The donation will allow you Free Admission to the Oktoberfest Festival at Southern Appalachian from 1:00 to 6:00. The walk organizers assume no liability and all participants walk at their own risk. This walk is not sanctioned by nor affiliated with any local, national or international Volkssport club or association.

Back by Popular Demand
 on October 19
John Perkins Benefit Concert for Greenway


Join Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway for an old-fashioned porch concert at Killarney House, one of Hendersonville’s oldest homes. Singer song-writer John Perkins (www.jfp123.com) will share his “poetry of nature and life put to music.”  Lemonade will be provided. Bring other drinks and snacks to share if you wish. Social Hour from 6:00, with music starting at 7:00, at 322 Killarney Street in Hendersonville. (Enter from Patton St.) Suggested donation: $15. (For a tax deductible receipt, make checks payable to MountainTrue with a note in the memo line indicating that the contribution is for Oklawaha Greenway.)
Photos: © J. Aplins
October 5th: Guided Tree Walk on the Oklawaha

On Saturday, October 5, at 10 AM, a Guided Tree Walk Along the Oklawaha Greenway will focus on identifying and understanding trees, especially those native to the area. The program is open to the public at no charge. Meet at Patton Park in the circular pavilion near the basketball courts. The walk will take about 90 minutes, returning to Patton Park. The hike will be held rain or shine. The program is co-sponsored by Hendersonville Tree Board and Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway.

Mark Madsen, a member of the Tree Board and an ISA Certified Arborist, will lead the walk. The tour will start by looking at trees in Patton Park that are suitable for home gardens and then move on to look at many species of native trees in the wetland forest along Mud Creek.

Native Plants for Beds Surrounding Kiosk
Join the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, October 9th (rain date - Friday, October 11) to replant the beds around the Oklawaha's Greenway's red Kiosk.
 Many of the original plantings were destroyed by last year's floods. Conserving Carolina will provide native plants that are more resistant to flooding. Bring gloves, a trowel and a water bottle, and meet at the Kiosk, which is at the intersection of the Oklawaha Greenway and the spur that runs up to Patton Park. All are welcome.
$6.4 million Grant for Ecusta Trail!
 
Conserving Carolina has received two grants to support the potential acquisition of the railroad line between Hendersonville and Brevard for future “railbanking” as the Ecusta Trali, a public walking and biking trail. The NC DOT has awarded $6.4 million dollars in federal Transportation Alternatives Program funding for the purchase, which is preliminary estimated to be approximately $8 million. The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority has awarded $90,000 to help cover some of the incidental acquisition costs including the costs of an appraisal and survey expenses. Conserving Carolina wishes to thank Friends of the Ecusta Trail, Representative Chuck McGrady, Senator Chuck Edwards, and the Henderson County Planning Department for supporting the grant applications. For more on the Ecusta Trail see https://conservingcarolina.org/ecusta-trail-moves-forward/


WNC BIG SWEEP on Saturday, September 21

Join the City of Hendersonville for the 32nd Annual WNC Big Sweep River Clean Up. This event, on September 21, is the area’s largest single-day river, stream and roadside cleanup involving local governments and organizations from across the region. The City of Hendersonville will be focusing efforts on the Mud Creek along the Oklawaha Greenway and is seeking volunteers to paddle downstream cleaning up trash as they go. The City will be able to provide boats and gear for 15 people. If you have your own canoe or kayak we encourage you to bring them!  Register at: https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/stormwater-projects

Bikes and Beers Fundraiser, September 28th

Bikes and Beers Mills River, on Saturday, September 28, will feature 15 and 30-mile rides departing from Sierra Nevada Brewery mid-morning. Both rides will feature rest stops with refreshments before returning to Sierra Nevada. All riding levels are welcome. There will be music, food trucks and games at Sierra Nevada after the ride. Part of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Conserving Carolina to help pay for the engineering work needed to get the Mills River Valley trail started.  

To volunteer:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0849A9AE2FA1F85-bikes15
To register and see more event details:  https://www.active.com/mills-river-nc/cycling/races/bikes-and-beers-mills-river-sierra-nevada-2019

Meet a Friend of the Greenway

Brendan Shanahan has been a civil engineer with the City of Hendersonville since 2013. He is what you might call an ‘invasive’, having traveled to beautiful WNC from his native (and also beautiful) New York. His educational background includes a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Ramapo College. He has been involved in several City projects aimed at improving pedestrian facilities starting with the extension of the Oklawaha Greenway to Berkeley Park. Currently, he is designing an improvement of sidewalks along Fourth Avenue and hopes to see the Clear Creek Greenway become a reality. Brendan enjoys talking about the greenway system with other enthusiasts and discussing ideas that they may have to improve the pedestrian experience. He hopes to get the opportunity to design and stroll along many more miles of greenways and sidewalks throughout our community. Please contact Brendan if you’d like to discuss the City’s pedestrian projects: bshanahan@hvlnc.gov or 828-233-3237
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