Buncombe County has recently released the results of a year-long study to look at the feasibility of building a greenway system between Ridgecrest and Azalea Park in Asheville. If constructed, the multi-use pathway through Swannanoa would provide recreational opportunities, as well as connections to neighborhoods, schools, parks, and businesses.
The feasibility study looks at a number of possible routes for the greenway, identifies challenges and opportunities along each segment of the route, and provides cost estimates for construction. The study was conducted on behalf of the County by Equinox Environmental Consultation and Design, Inc., and was made possible by a grant through the Metropolitan Planning Organization with funds from the United Planning Work Program of the Federal Highway Administration.
The feasibility study is the first step in the planning of a possible greenway corridor. Many steps remain, including conversations with landowners about right-of-way acquisition, development of a master plan, and obtaining funding. Any greenway that is eventually built will cross private property only if the landowner agrees. The feasibility study looks at a number of alternative routing possibilities to provide for maximum flexibility.
To see the results of the feasibility study, including the possible routes for the Swannanoa segment of the greenway, please click here. If you have questions or comments, or would like more information about the proposed greenway, please call Lucy Crown at the County Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Department, 250-4264, or send her an email.