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Striving Beyond

This year, the 27th annual Strive Not To Drive campaign expanded to include over 25 events in 4 counties during the month of May. The focus of Strive (as it was recently rebranded) is to celebrate, promote and use the variety of transportation options that exist today and also to […]


Greenway Funding Grows

Buncombe County was recently awarded a grant from the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization to expand greenway systems across the city and county. The grant requires a 20% match. However, neither the County nor the City of Asheville were able to fully fund the match, Connect Buncombe stepped in, offering to […]


A Word from Our President: Your Voice Makes A Difference

Greenways and trails are having greater awareness in our community. Just in the past few months citizen input has influenced the following projects: Asheville River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) to increase from a single 10′ wide trail to a full 16′ wide multi-use trail along the river. This section […]


Jackson County Visit

On December 1st eight Connect Buncombe board members along with Buncombe County Parks and Recreation staff members visited Jackson County to learn about county greenway plans and visit the first link of their Tuckaseegee River Greenway. Although only 1.2 miles long, this greenway has witnessed up to 20,000 visitors in […]


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2017: Looking Back – and Ahead!

Connect Buncombe’s 2017 Annual Meeting was held November 15th at the Comfort Suites Asheville Outlet Mall. Thirty-five greenway friends gathered to renew acquaintances, catch up on the latest greenway news, review Connect Buncombe’s accomplishments for 2017 and look forward to plans for 2018. Marcia Bromberg, Board President, noted that throughout […]


Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit

About 300 people from 11 states attended the first Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit, held in Durham on October 1-3.. The East Coast Greenway Alliance organized the summit to bring people together and share success stories, progress and best practices related to greenways/trails projects. Projects along and connecting to the path […]


Greenway Business Profile: Smoky Mountain Adventure Center

This interview is the first in a series on the economic development associated with greenways in Buncombe County. Connect Buncombe’s Leanna Joyner spoke with Smoky Mountain Adventure Center owner Stuart Cowles about his business along Amboy Road and what greenways mean for his business and the community. What drew you […]


Community Greenway Walks

Join us to discover the greenways of Buncombe County in YOUR neighborhood.  Walk for 1-2 hours with a member of the Connect Buncombe board of directors on the following dates! Well-behaved children and dogs welcome! Please RSVP in advance so that we know how many folks to expect. 1. 9/9/17 […]