Welcome to the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway Website!
We’re glad you’re here and we’re appreciative of your interest in your park. We are currently working closely with the City of Asheville to accomplish our mission to manage and create community parkland that maintains its wild nature, preserves the area’s rich history, and connects the West Asheville community to the river and to downtown.
We invite you bring your enthusiasm and skill-sets! Please join us through a number of various means: become a member, participate in volunteer workdays and/or attend our monthly Board/steering committee meetings. You can also give feedback and meet other FOHCG supporters at our community gatherings.
News and events concerning the FOHCG will be updated here so please check back and feel free to leave comments.
The Board of Trustees
Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway, Inc.
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NEWS AND EVENTS:
FINAL DRAFT MASTER PLAN
The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway, Inc. (FOHCG) is pleased to present a final draft of the Hominy Creek Greenway Master Plan at an open house from 4:00 -7:00 pm Wednesday, March 19 at RiverLink (170 Lyman Street, Asheville). Join us to review the plan, offer additional comments, or find out how you can help us improve West Asheville’s newest greenway.
The FOHCG has been working closely with the City of Asheville to develop the Hominy Creek Greenway Master Plan. Last fall we hosted a meeting to present a draft to the public. Our community’s voices are an essential part of this process, and we are pleased to share the results of this collaboration and present to the public a final draft of the plan that will guide our organization and the City of Asheville in improving this beautiful section of public green space.
Questions? Please contact Jack Igelman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kristin Peppel (Kristin@ashevillage.org). We hope to see you there!
FEBRUARY FUEL SPILL
Press Release from the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway, Inc.
For Immediate Release: Feb. 16, 2014
Contact: Jack Igelman 216-0888, email@example.com
The 5,000 gallon oil spill from Harrison Construction Company’s property in Candler on February 14, 2014 is an unfortunate and troubling incident. Our organization, the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway, Inc. are stewards of twelve acres of parkland owned by the City of Asheville that border nearly a mile of Hominy Creek in West Asheville.
With improved public access to Hominy Creek along the greenway, the waterway has become a popular destination for walkers, swimmers, tubers, boaters, and anglers. Hominy Creek is also a major watershed of Buncombe County and its waters are vital to the ecological health of the region.
Doug Barlow, a founding member of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway, Inc. was planning to walk the along the Hominy Creek Greenway on Saturday afternoon, but says the odor from the oil spill was too strong. “I was heartbroken to see the sheen of fuel oil flowing through our park the day after the spill and appalled to see oil flowing through the last two containment boons,” says Barlow. “This spill feels like a violation for those of us have spent years improving the land along Hominy Creek for a park and greenway. It’s disheartening to realize that our beach on the creek where neighborhood kids love to play in the summer has been fouled with fuel oil.”
Eric Bradford of Asheville Greenworks and a trustee of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway, Inc. paddled the tainted section of the creek on Saturday, February 15 with Hartwell Carson, the French Broad riverkeeper with the environmental group Western North Carolina Alliance.
“It’s very frustrating to see regardless of whose fault it is,” Carson told the Asheville Citizen-Times. “There is significant oil all over the creek. It’s in the sediment.” He added that the spill likely will be harmful to aquatic life.
The spill underscores the importance of appropriate funding and the dedication of appropriate resources for the oversight of our region’s water quality. We urge that the North Carolina Division of Water Resources and other regulators take swift action to penalize the parties responsible for the spill and take decisive measures to ensure that harmful events like this one don’t happen again.
PETS ON THE GREENWAY
You may have noticed signs at each end of the greenway asking pet owners to leash their dogs. Those signs were placed by the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway (FOHCG) in July 2013 with the authorization of the City of Asheville. The placement of the signs follow discussions about managing pets at several FOHCG board of trustee’s meetings.
We recognize that there are few places dogs can run in the woods without a leash in urban Asheville. However, the increasing popularity of the greenway among walkers, swimmers, runners, bikers, and pet owners has raised several concerns: Unleashed dogs impact neighbor privacy and disturb wildlife and plant habitat. Most importantly, we want the greenway to be enjoyed safely by everyone, including children and people who may be fearful of dogs.
We appreciate all of the responsible, considerate and safe pet owners that use the greenway. Thank you for your cooperation and we welcome your feedback.
FOHCG BOARD MEETINGS AND EVENTS
March 19 | Master Plan Final Draft Review at Riverlink | 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
March 26 | Board of Trustees Meeting at Riverlink | 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
If you are interested in reading the minutes from our Board meetings please click HERE.