The Town of Woodfin is home to a great mix of commercial, industrial recreational and residential uses that provide our citizens with jobs, daily necessities, and a great place to live.
One area the Board of Aldermen have identified as an important corridor for additional investment is along our extensive riverfront.
In an effort to improve conditions for citizens and businesses the Board believes that the creation of a greenway and park system along the French Broad will enhance property values, encourage investment and improve the lives of our citizens.
Existing Facilities along the French Broad
Currently the Town of Woodfin maintains two parks along the French Broad River:
- → Woodfin River Park (made possible by a donation from Riverside Business Partners)
- → Geneva Maney Park
Woodfin’s Newest Park
Thanks to a generous donation from the Silver family and Silver-Line Plastics the Town of Woodfin is preparing plans for a major new park along the French Broad River.
This park is expected to host a number of activities and experiences as well as serving as a part of our proposed Greenway.
Woodfin Greenway Plan
In recognition of the need for enhanced pedestrian access and recreational access across the Town of Woodfin the Board of Aldermen undertook development of a Greenways, Sidewalks and Bikeways Master Plan in 2009 and formally adopted the plan in 2010.
While the Plan deals with the entire Town the French Broad River section has been considered the Phase 1 backbone of the system since the visioning process started.
The Proposed Greenway will run from the South End of Woodfin near the Broadway and Riverside Drive interchange likely going as far as the Town limits up to the MSD Administrative Building where it will peel off in two separate lines.
The first will be a tie in to and expansion of the existing sidewalks constructed along Elk Mountain Road and the second wing is planned to run along Old Beaver Dam Creek into the Reynold’s Village and back towards Beaver Lake.
Construction of Phase 1 as well as the Park is initially estimated at around $10 million dollars, although it is believed that this will provide a significant cushion that could be used towards other badly needed pedestrian access points along Weaverville Road.
In order to accomplish this task in a reasonable time frame the Board of Aldermen are exploring the possibility of putting a bond issue before the voters in 2016.
It is anticipated that the majority of construction can be completed within 24 months of fund availability particularly where construction can be done that does not impact NCDOT right of ways.
The present design tries to minimize NCDOT involvement to the degree possible although certainly any sidewalk construction along the roadways will require coordination and cooperation from the State.
Upon completion it is expected that the proposed Greenway will increase property values by as much as 20% for residential uses and will significantly increase interest in rehabilitating commercial sites along the French Broad.
While much new investment is taking place currently the Board believes that the completion of Phase 1 will represent a major increase in development along the river and will dramatically enhance recreational and physical fitness opportunities for our citizens while increasing accessibility to goods and services for citizens without reliable access to transportation.
Download the Power Point presentation of the Woodfin Greenways Presentation HERE