Connect Reems Creek is a community based, non-profit organization committed to connecting the Reems Creek Valley to the French Broad river with a greenway. We are small grass roots group based out of Weaverville, NC with a mission to educate, advocate, and raise money for the
Reems Creek Greenway.
Reems Creek Greenway
The idea for a greenway connecting the Reems Creek Valley to the French Broad River was first envisioned in the Buncombe County Greenways and Trails Master Plan dated August 2012. The mission of that document was to create priority corridors, ”to support and promote the development of an environmentally friendly system of connected trails and greenways to improve health, alternative travel, economic development, and recreation in coordination with towns, cities, communities, businesses, non-profit organizations and adjacent counties.” The Reems Creek Valley from the Beech Community Club through Weaverville to the French Broad River was considered one of the priority greenway corridors.
In June 2014 a feasibility study was completed for the 2.25-mile section of the Reems Creek Greenway from Karpen Field to just west of Lake Louise / I-26. In the fall of 2016, the Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Department with support from Connect Reems Creek secured a $600,000 grant through the French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBMPO) for design and engineering for this section of Reems Creek Greenway.
Of the $600,000 grant amount, 20% ($120,000) must come as matching funds. Currently Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Department and the Town of Weaverville are committed to the match amount. Connect Reems Creek is committed to advocate for the greenway development and support its connection to the French Broad River, Woodfin, Marshall and Asheville.
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