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Green Yard, Green World: How to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape

Pollinators Eco-Friendly Backyard

Creating a backyard that’s enjoyable for you and friendly to the Earth is easier than you think. From pollinator gardens to organic mulching to smart watering, taking an environmentally sound approach to landscaping helps to promote a green yard – and a greener world. Following, some simple tips to try:

Choose Native Plants

Populate your yard with plants native to Western North Carolina and you’ll be providing habitat for many beneficial local animals and insects. In addition, native plants are already acclimated to the region’s climate, and are naturally resistant to local pests and disease. All of this means they don’t require fertilizers or extra watering, which makes them eco-friendly. Native trees and plants to try in your Asheville yard include southern magnolia, flowering dogwood, redbud, cardinal flower, oakleaf hydrangea and foamflower –the list goes on and on. Visit local farmers’ markets, local plant vendors, or the Botanical Gardens at Asheville to get an idea of which native plants will work for your yard.

MilkweedPlant Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator gardens – with specific nectar- and pollen-producing plants – are designed to attract beneficial insects and animals to pollinate, thus performing an important step in the food and flower cycle. Because pollinator habitat has been lost to urban development, pollution, climate change and other adverse action, the population of many pollinator species is at risk. Flowers with large “landing pads,” plants with many small flowers, and plants that bloom very early or very late (when attractive pollination options are scarce) are all good options for your pollinator garden.

Use Plenty of Mulch

Using mulch helps to keep soil temperature consistent, retain moisture, and inhibit weed growth. As organic mulch like wood chips, bark leaves and pine needles breaks down, it adds nutrients to the soil. Bonus: Using more mulch means you can get away with growing less grass, which requires a lot of water to maintain.

Eschew Fertilizers

Dumping large amounts of chemicals onto your lawn via popular “weed and feed” products could put the environment, your health, and eventually the condition of your lawn at risk. A better option is to use organic fertilizer or, better yet, eliminate fertilizer and instead use compost and organic matter in your soil, aerate, cut grass on a higher setting, and incorporate low-maintenance moss and groundcover into your landscape.

Rain Barrel Eco-Friendly BackyardWater

There are many ways to water smart and still keep your yard happy. Harvesting rainwater via a rain barrel, cistern or rain chain means you’ll be using much less household water. When you water, make sure to do it in the morning before the temperatures start to climb and threaten the moisture. If you water in the late afternoon, make sure foliage has time to dry to avoid fungal diseases that thrive in damp nights. Water plants near the base rather than overhead, to better target the roots.

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Western N.C.'s Varied Yet Temperate Climate Lets Seasons Shine

Asheville NC Climate

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Life in Western North Carolina offers up a refreshing range of weather experiences. Asheville, at an elevation of just above 2,000 feet, boasts an overall mild year-round climate – not too cold in the winter, not too hot in the summer – but traveling just a short distance outside of the city can reveal a greater fluctuation in temperature and precipitation.

Because the area boasts a full four seasons, weather-dependent activities thrive here. It’s easy to enjoy fall foliage, winter skiing, and spring and summer hiking and swimming thanks to the region’s seasonal changes.

Higher Elevations in Western North Carolina, Greater Differences

While the city is quite temperate – Asheville sits in a relatively dry and protected spot along the French Broad River Valley – traveling higher into the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains promises greater weather variations. It’s not uncommon to encounter sudden clouds and fog, snow on the ground, a rain shower, or a 20-degree temperature drop in a single drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s windier in the higher elevations, and nighttime temperatures can still dip into the 30s during springtime.

While Asheville experiences the seasons to the fullest, weather extremes rarely occur. When they do, they’re not sustained. Snowfalls in the city are sporadic, and the snow melts quickly, with an average annual accumulation of 10 inches. Higher elevations, however, see heavier snowfalls, along with icing that can close roads for extended periods. The cold season in Asheville is from late November to late February, with an average daily high in the mid-50s. During the coldest point of the year, night temperatures can dip into single digits, but generally, they hover in the 30s.

The warm season in Asheville lasts from late May to mid-September, and even though temperatures can hit the upper 80s to 90s during the hottest periods, the average daily high is 76 degrees. While summers can be humid in town, higher elevations offer cooler forests, streams and waterfalls for respite.

Climate of Western North CarolinaA Range of Rainfall Amounts Around Asheville

Rainfall varies widely across the region: Asheville gets an average of 44 inches of rain per year, but surrounding areas like Brevard and its forests can get around 67 inches. Spring, which begins relatively early in Western North Carolina, is usually the wettest season of the year. Tropical systems can affect the region in late summer and early fall, resulting in heavy rainfall and forceful winds.

The driest time of year in Western North Carolina is autumn. Cooler temperatures (60s to low 70s) and crisper, clearer air create the perfect conditions for producing brilliant, sustained fall foliage. The best colors come forth from late September at the higher elevations to late October and early November in the valleys.

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This Summer, Swim Spots Make a Splash in Asheville

Recreation Park Pool Asheville

Hot weather is almost here, and the Asheville area’s many water destinations – both man-made and natural – are sure to help your summer go swimmingly. Following is a list of the best spots to cool off when temperatures heat up.

City of Asheville Pools

Malvern Hills Pool AshevilleThree public outdoor pools – Malvern Hills, Recreation Park and Walton Street – provide safe and affordable outdoor summer fun for children and adults. The pools have varied schedules, but generally are open early June through early September. General admission is $3, a 15-visit pass is $40, an individual season pass is $100, and a family season pass is $150. All three pools also offer two sessions of free swim lessons for school-age children (registration required).

In addition, there are swimming pool events throughout the summer, including $1 Dip Days at Malvern Hills and Rec Park, Float Days (all pools), and the Sixth Annual Doggie Dip day at Rec Park. For more information, and to register for swim lessons, visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/parks/pools_n_splasheville.htm. Malvern Hills is located at 75 Rumbough Place, in West Asheville; Recreation Park at 65 Gashes Creek Road, by the Nature Center; and Walton Street at 570 Walton Street, near the River Arts District.

Splasheville

The City of Asheville's interactive splash play fountain in downtown’s Pack Square Park features 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations for hours of fun. The fountain usually operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from April through September. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/parks/pools_n_splasheville.htm

Buncombe County Recreation Services Pools

Asheville Public Pools and FountainsBuncombe County boasts five outdoor public pools that will open for the season May 25. Cost to swim is $3 per day for Buncombe County residents. Discounted multi-visit passes are also available at each pool. Bonus: The pools are set against stunning mountain backdrops, so you can drink in the view while you enjoy the water. Cane Creek Pool is located at 590 Lower Brush Creek Road in Fletcher, Erwin Pool, 58 Lees Creek Road, Asheville; Hominy Valley Pool, 25 Twin Lakes Road, Candler; North Buncombe Pool, 892 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville; and Owen Pool, 117 Stone Drive, Swannanoa. https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/parks/facilities/pools/default.aspx

In-Town Swimming Hole

For a more natural water experience, nothing beats a dip in a swimming hole. But if you don’t have time to drive out to a waterfall in Dupont State Forest or Pisgah National Forest, Azalea Park, on Asheville’s east side, offers an ideal in-town alternative. While the swimming hole – along a stretch of the Swannanoa River that borders the park – is not officially maintained by the city, it draws a crowd with its light current, perfect for a refreshing stop on a hot day. Bonus: There are bathrooms and a playground at the park, so you can make a day of your dip. The park is located at 498 Azalea Road East in Asheville.

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As Greenways Gain Ground in Asheville, Neighborhood Accessibility Grows

Asheville Homes Near Greenways

Asheville Parks and Recreation maintains a beautiful system of greenways throughout the city, with miles more planned for completion in the next few years. This means that even if you don’t currently have a greenway near your Asheville home, you likely will soon. From paths that incorporate edible gardens, to trails dotted with playgrounds and dog parks, Asheville offers a multitude of options for immersing yourself in nature without having to stray far from your neighborhood.

Glenn’s Creek Greenway – This paved greenway extends westward from Weaver Park on Merrimon Avenue to Riverside Drive along the French Broad River.  Glenn’s Creek connects the Norwood, Montford and University neighborhoods via mostly wooded settings. The trail is on-road in portions but there are also off-road trails through Weaver Park and UNCA.   Reed Creek Greenway links into this greenway corridor.

Asheville Homes Near ParksReed Creek Greenway – This path begins at the Botanical Gardens on W.T. Weaver Boulevard, and runs parallel to Broadway Avenue along a creek, offering a slightly urban feel.

Swannanoa River Greenway – This greenway, situated next to Walmart, travels the banks of the Swannanoa River in East Asheville inside River Bend Park.  It is accessible from the shopping center parking lot.

French Broad River Greenway – This 2.8-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail in West Asheville connects Carrier Park to Hominy Creek Park, French Broad River Park, and RiverLink’s future Karen Cragnolin Park as it winds along the river, Amboy Road and Riverview Drive. French Broad River Park features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, gazebo, picnic tables and grills, a dog park, an observation deck and a small playground. Carrier Park is one of Asheville's premier parks, built at a former racetrack that now serves as a velodrome for cycling. The infield has volleyball courts, playground, roller-hockey rink and basketball court. The greenway also runs past a lawn bowling court, multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer, picnic pavilion, river overlooks and wetland interpretive trails.

There are plans to close the gap between the half-mile section of greenway on New Belgium Brewing Company’s property at Craven Street and the French Broad River Park (near the dog park). Once completed, it will extend just over 1 mile. Dubbed “The Edible Mile,” this greenway will feature information on the indigenous edible plants in the area and feature volunteer-led edible gardens. Construction is slated to begin this spring.

Asheville Greenways Real EstateTown Branch Greenway – This .75-mile-long greenway will start at the Grant Southside Center on Depot Street and Livingston Street near the River Arts District and end at Phifer Street near the McDowell and Southside intersection. An important East/West connection in the greenway network, the trail runs on flat terrain along the banks of Town Branch creek. It will feature a series of interpretive signs educating visitors about the detrimental impact the razing of the Southside Community had on its historically African-American community. Construction will begin Spring 2021.

River to Ridge Greenway and Trail Network – This will be a connection of continuous greenways that encircle the downtown area with the River Arts District and French Broad River greenways, the South Slope Greenway Connector, Beaucatcher Greenway and the Urban Trail. Once completed, the network will have 10.25 miles of connected greenways and trails.

RADTIP– This project will feature a new greenway, as well as enhance the River Arts District with a safer roads, flood mitigation measures, sidewalks, separated bike lanes, public art and new gardens. The French Broad River East Bank corridor will have a 2.2-mile long section that will be completed in this construction project. The section will begin at Hill St. and Riverside Drive and end at the Amboy Road Bridge.

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Asheville Area Offers Flurry of Fun Activities This Winter

Skiing in Western North Carolina

As Western North Carolina gears up for winter, the Asheville area comes alive with snow-centric activities. From skiing to snow tubing to wintry hikes, a range of outdoor adventures makes the flakes all the more fun, for young and old alike. Following, a few favorites to try out this season:

Ski and Snowboard Central – With a range of slopes dotting the area, a day or evening of skiing or snowboarding is an easy option when the snow starts falling – or even if it doesn’t! Barring unusually warm weather, area ski centers are equipped to make snow, so you always have the option to hit the slopes this winter. Area resorts include:

·     Wolf Ridge Ski Resort – Located 30 minutes north of Asheville in Mars Hill, this family-oriented resort provides lessons in skiing and snowboarding, as well as night skiing. The lodge overlooking the slopes boasts three fireplaces, cafeteria, gift shop and rental shop. https://skiwolfridgenc.com

Snow Tubing Near Asheville·     Cataloochee Ski Area – An hour away from Asheville in Maggie Valley, this ski and snowboard resort offers 18 slopes and trails, lessons and special rates for day and night sessions. Afterschool and School Race programs are popular options at the resort, which also has a large lodge with cafeteria, fireplace and rental shop. https://cataloochee.com

·     Beech Mountain Resort – Make a weekend of it and visit this popular resort town, about two hours from Asheville. In addition to offering 17 slopes in the highest ski area in the eastern U.S., Beech also has snowtubing and ice skating. A free youth sledding hill next to the visitor center entertains the 12-and-under set. https://www.beechmtn.com/things-to-do/winter-sports/skiing

Snow Tubing – Take to the slopes on a tube, an easy, all-ages way to enjoy the snow. Area tubing spots include:

·     Tube World – Located 4 miles from Cataloochee Ski Area, this tubing park also offers Wee Bowl Snowplay area for young children not tall enough to tube. https://cataloochee.com/planning/tube-world/

·     Zip N Slip – Just half an hour from Asheville in Mars Hill, this spot features three tubing lanes, night tubing, a solarium with fireplace and snacks. http://zipnslip.com

Frozen Waterfall·     Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing – This Hendersonville spot features the steepest tubing slope in Western N.C. There’s also a gift and snack shop, changing area and fire pit. http://www.moonshinemountain.com

·     The Tube Run – Located just outside Wolf Ridge Ski Resort, this slope has no designated lanes, allowing tubers to link up – and amp up the excitement. https://skiwolfridgenc.com/tickets/snow-tubing

Waterfall Hikes – Trekking to an icy waterfall in the winter affords a stunning adventure like no other. Partially frozen or fully iced-over falls dot popular hiking trails, making it easy to take in the wintry scenes. And with trees bare, long-range views normally shrouded by leaves open up. A few favorite frozen falls to visit include: Looking Glass Falls (aptly named for the icy “mirror” it boasts in the winter), Moore Cove Falls and Daniel Ridge Falls in Pisgah National Forest; Triple Falls, High Falls and Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest; and Dry Falls and Cullasaja Falls near Highlands.

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Proximity Makes Asheville Tops in Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes

Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville

Much of the beauty of living in Asheville is the city’s amazing accessibility to the Blue Ridge Parkway. With the famed Virginia-to-North Carolina scenic highway – America’s longest linear park at 469 miles – winding along mere minutes from Asheville’s city center, it’s easy to jump on the parkway – whether it’s an impromptu afternoon hike you’re after, or an all-day trek – and still be able to cap the day with dinner downtown. Following, a few favorites to check out:

Mount Mitchell Summit and Balsam Nature Trail

This short hike is 31 miles from Asheville along the parkway. A shady balsam-fir forest shrouds the paths to the top of Mount Mitchell, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet.

Black Balsam Hike Near AshevilleMount Pisgah Trail

You can be to this moderately challenging trail from Asheville in 40 minutes. Hike through lush green forest to reach the tower-capped summit, which offers 360-degree long-range views.

Craggy Gardens Trail

In season, blooming rhododendron and blueberries line the trail to the grassy mountaintop of Craggy Gardens, 19 miles from Asheville along the parkway. Even when not in bloom, the trail, framed in ghostly gnarled branches, still draws hikers to its surreal beauty.

Graveyard Fields Trail

One of the parkway’s most popular hikes, Graveyard Fields offers waterfalls, gorgeous views, and wild blueberries and blackberries for picking – all just 34 miles from Asheville.

Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain Loop

A 5-mile loop takes you over two summits, affording amazing views from trails that cut through the grassy balds of Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway Near AshevilleRattlesnake Lodge

This trail – a mere 21 minutes from Asheville – winds through the remains of an early 1900s estate, with parts of a barn foundation, lodge, spring house, pool and outbuildings still standing for hikers to explore.

Visitor Center Loop

An easy, smooth hike, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center loop offers the perfect terrain for youngsters or those not wanting to venture too far into the woods or too far away from the parking area.

And when the parkway is closed…

Craven Gap

This trail, accessible at the end of Town Mountain Road in Craven Gap, is 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, but feels worlds away. It’s proximity to the city, easy hiking, and beautiful backdrop make it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike – including President Obama and wife Michelle, who hiked the trail during a 2010 visit to the area.

Folk Art Center Trail to Bull Mountain

A popular, well-maintained spot located just outside the city limits, the Folk Art Center Trail winds along the Mountains to Sea Trail, a rolling path interspersed with short steep climbs. Begin or end your hike with a stop into the Folk Art Center.

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Locally Grown, Fresh-Cut Flowers Flourish in Asheville

Asheville Local Flowers

Summer is in full bloom, and so are Asheville-area flower farms and greenhouses. For fresh cuts of everything from peonies and poppies to zinnias and dahlias, the sources are abundant. Flower farms provide their wares at farmer’s markets across the area, or through flower bouquet shares (similar to CSA shares). Some farms also offer pick-your-own options for guests to create custom clusters. Additionally, area greenhouses are brimming with colorful blooms to add a dash to your home. Following, a few farms and greenhouses to make buds with:

Flying Cloud Farm – This Fairview farm sells its blooms in mixed bouquets at the River Arts District Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays) and the North Asheville Tailgate Market (Saturdays), as well as at its farm roadside stand everyday May through mid-October. In addition, you can pick your own at the farm mid-July through mid-October.

Asheville Flower FarmFull Sun Farm – Flowers from this Leicester farm are available at both the River Arts District and North Asheville markets, with mixed bouquets and sunflower bunches among its most popular. The farm also offers fresh-picked field flowers for weddings and other special events, as well as pick-your-own flowers by the bucket.

Lady Luck Flower Farm – If you’re looking for a seasonal bouquet, you’re in luck – Lady Luck, to be precise. This farm in Leicester grows a variety of flowers from spring to fall, of which they hand-select the perfect blooms to create bouquets for sale at French Broad Food Co-op May through October. Lady Luck holds periodic Community U-Pick Flowers Days, usually in July and August, where they open up the farm for visitors to pick as many flowers as they’d like.

Flora – This botanical boutique in the heart of West Asheville offers fresh-cut flowers and arrangements to brighten your home. Shop for a range of blooms, from unique varieties to locally grown staples, in a small but stunning setting.

Jack Young Greenhouses – Located in Candler, this locally owned greenhouse, in business for nearly half a century, is a popular destination not just for its wide selection of blooms, but also for on-site events throughout the season that appeal to the entire family. The greenhouse prides itself in ethically sourcing plants with a strong devotion to sustainability.

Area Groceries – An easy option for locally grown, fresh-cut bouquets is your local grocery. West Village Market & Deli, Earthfare’s Westgate and South locations, and French Broad Food Co-op are all urban options for buying blooms to weave a little of the outdoors into your indoors.

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Asheville Lights Up With July Fourth Celebrations

Fireworks Asheville

Every Fourth of July, the Asheville area plays host to a multitude of Independence Day celebrations, with an array of activities to delight young and old. Choose from one of these Fourth of July fetes, and you’re sure to have a blast! (Unless otherwise noted, all events occur on July 4th.)

Downtown Asheville:

July Fourth AshevilleIngles Independence Day Celebration 2018 – Things kick off in Downtown’s Pack Square Park at 2 p.m. with kids’ activities and a bouncy house. There will be live music at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30. Food trucks, along with beer and wine for sale at the event, mean you can bring your lawn chair or blanket to the park early and plan on spending the day enjoying the festivities. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/independenceday

Asheville Tourists Baseball – Take in a game, followed by a grand fireworks display, at the Tourist stadium in South Slope. https://www.milb.com/asheville

South Asheville:

Lake Julian offers the perfect backdrop for a night of family fun this Fourth. Enjoy sand volleyball, horseshoe, boat rentals, and a picnic ahead of the fireworks display, which begins at sundown.

Biltmore House:

For a special celebration, head to the Biltmore’s Antler Hill Barn beginning at 6 p.m. to enjoy a dinner buffet, live music, Biltmore wines and old-fashioned fun and games for all ages. The evening culminates in a dramatic fireworks display on the estate grounds. $125/adult, $60/child. https://www.biltmore.com/events/detail/july-4th-celebration-dinner-at-antler-hill-barn

Surrounding Towns:

Fourth of July AshevilleWeaverville – Lake Louisa Park will feature live music, vendors and food, followed by fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Bryson City – From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Bryson City comes alive with a 5K, crafts, food, live music and fireworks.

Sylva – Take in the shops and restaurants along Sylva’s picturesque Main Street, then enjoy live music starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Marion – A parade at 6 p.m. kicks off Fourth festivities. There will be live music, food vendors and fireworks.

Lake Lure – This celebration, on July 3, features fireworks over the lake that you can view from the beach, so bring a picnic and make an evening of it!

Hendersonville – Downtown will feature live outdoor music at its Visitors’ Center, followed by fireworks.

Waynesville – While there won’t be fireworks, Main Street will light up with music, sidewalk sales and children’s parade at 11 a.m.

Brevard – An 8 a.m. Firecracker Run kicks off the festivities, followed by a Fine Arts & Craft Festival. The Courthouse Gazebo will host live music all day. Fireworks will happen at Brevard College.

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Asheville Brims with Park Perks

Pack Square Park Downtown Asheville

Asheville is home to many parks large and small, some replete with sports fields, others boasting an abundance of green space, and a number perfect for playground time. Following, a few of the area’s popular parks – as well as some lesser-known gems. Many of these parks are located in wonderfully walkable Asheville neighborhoods.

Pack Square Park 

A major community gathering spot is the Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville. Surrounded by historic buildings, this park hosts many events and outdoor concerts. With landscaped, terraced lawns, an outdoor stage and Splashville water feature for children, it is a popular hub for many families.

West Asheville Park/Gassaway Field

An 8-acre park tucked away on the Vermont Avenue extension in walkable West Asheville, West Asheville Park is home to Little League baseball’s Gassaway Field. There are also concessions, restrooms, a picnic shelter and a playground. Rhododendron Creek runs through the park grounds. 11 Vermont Ave. Ext.

Malvern Hills Park

Malvern Hills Park West AshevilleThe outdoor seasonal pool is the big draw of this popular West Asheville park. Nestled between the Horney Heights neighborhood and near the Malvern Hills neighborhood, the park also features a bathhouse, restrooms, concession area, lighted tennis courts, playground, walking trail and a picnic shelter with grills. 75 Rumbough Pl.

Montford Park

Montford Park is located in the heart of the Montford historic district, just outside of downtown Asheville. It features tennis courts, mature trees, benches and a short walking path. This park is an established gathering spot for Montford neighborhood families and has great access via sidewalk. A second small park in Montford features playground equipment, a covered pavilion and a small walking loop.

Murphy-Oakley Park

This 7.7-acre park is extremely convenient to surrounding East Asheville neighborhoods and includes a lighted ball field, three tennis courts, a playground, a picnic shelter, a concession and restrooms. 715 Fairview Rd.

Riverside Cemetery

Located in the Montford Historic District, this cemetery features more than 87 acres of landscaped grounds for strolling and is the final resting place for many of Asheville notables including writers Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry. 53 Birch St.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

This 3.4-acre park features a lighted ballfield with scoreboard, concession stand, fitness court, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, open shelter, memorial statue, courtyard and grills. 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

Kenilworth Park

Located in the heart of the Kenilworth neighborhood, this park includes 3 acres of ballfields, basketball courts, picnic tables, a playground, restrooms, tennis courts and grills. 79 Wyoming Rd.

Walton St. Pool and Park

A popular summer destination, the Walton St. Park features an outdoor swimming pool complete with a concession and bath house, as well as a softball field, basketball court, off-street paved parking, a picnic shelter and a playground. 570 Walton St.

Carrier Park

French Broad River Park AshevilleA former racetrack, West Asheville’s Carrier Park is one of area’s most unique parks. Circling Carrier is a recently renovated velodrome for cycling, in-line skating, scooting or simply strolling. The infield has volleyball courts, a giant playground, a roller-hockey rink and a basketball court. A lawn bowling court and multi-purpose fields, a picnic pavilion, river overlooks and wetland interpretive trails round out the offerings. The French Broad River Greenway, a 2.8-mile bicycle and pedestrian paved trail, connects Carrier Park to Hominy Creek Park and French Broad River Park – another West Asheville gem featuring open green space, a gazebo, picnic tables, and a large fenced-in dog park. 220 Amboy Rd.

Azalea Park

Perched beside the Swannanoa River in East Asheville, Azalea has soccer fields, a dog park, a large playground and a picnic shelter. 498 Azalea Rd.

Aston Park and Tennis Center

Featuring one of the top public clay court facilities in the country, Aston Park has 12 lighted courts open to the public. A small playground and rolling green hills surround the center. 336 Hilliard Ave.

Food Lion Skatepark

This park, located in downtown Asheville, features 17,000 square feet of skating surface. There’s a beginner bowl, intermediate street course and advanced vertical bowl. 50 Cherry St. North.

Richmond Hill Park

Richmond Hill Park boasts 183 forest-filled acres, making it Asheville’s largest wooded city park. There are a wide variety of activities available, including disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, jogging, dog-walking and bird-watching. The disc golf course, considered one of the most challenging woods courses in the country, is 18 holes and 6,093 feet long. 280 Richmond Hill Dr.

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Asheville Area Earth Day Events Celebrate Environmental Stewardship

Blue Ridge Mountains

Since 1970, when a grassroots demonstration initiated by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson marked what we know today as Earth Day, millions of people have gathered around the world every year to participate in events and activities focused on improving, cleaning up and celebrating the environment. This month, Asheville is host to a multitude of events culminating in the April 22 Earth Day celebration. No stranger to environmental activism and stewardship, the city gives everyone, young and old, the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, including clean-ups, vigils and festivals.

Spearheading area Earth Day events is WNC for the Planet, a collective made up of local environmental organizations that provides access to service, educational and recreational opportunities throughout the month of April. WNC for the Planet is teaming up with local businesses, universities, community groups and individuals for a month of environmental service, educational opportunities and celebrations in Asheville and across Western North Carolina.

Mosaic Makes a Difference

River Clean Up AshevilleWNC for the Planet also includes a Business & Community Challenge, allowing area businesses, civic organizations and community groups to create teams and compete for prizes and bragging rights. As part of their mission to work with and support the vitality and health of our local and global community, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty agents and employees are joining in the challenge. Each team earns Planet Points according to how much it accomplishes at WNC for the Planet events – for example, how much trash it collects or how many trees it plants – and at the end of the month, each team is ranked. The harder the team works, the more points it earns.

Other Earth Month events include everything from clean-ups at the Green and Swannanoa Rivers, to invasive plant workshops and clearing, to composting talks and stargazing. The month culminates with a weekend of celebrations, including Earth Day Kids’ Festival with RiverLink on April 21, at Salvage Station, MountainTrue’s annual Earth Day Vigil with faith groups on April 22, at First Baptist Church, and an Earth Day Celebration Party on April 22 at New Belgium Brewery. For more information on all the WNC for the Planet events, visit https://wncfortheplanet.org/events/category/public-event/.

Impacting the Earth, Every Day in Asheville

Earth Day Asheville NCIn the meantime, there are many ways you and your family can make a positive impact, however small, on the environment in celebration of Earth Day, and all year long:

·      Clean up the Asheville community by organizing a group to pick up litter in a local park or along a roadway.

·      Talk to local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces, or consider planting your own on your property.

·      Try an organic vegetable garden.

·      Conserve water.

·      Simply enjoy nature through hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway or taking a stroll through any of Asheville’s beautiful local parks.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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