Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway, Hendersonville, NC

 Events on the Greenway

All events listed on the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway website are posted as a courtesy to the community, and the Friends group assumes no responsibility for them. All events listed are open to the public. Please note that some may require participation fees.

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Date Event Information Location
• AUGUST 2018
Wednesday, Aug 15 at 9:00 AMAmble & Ramble with Hendo Fun Friends
A leisurely walk along the Greenway. For more information see HFF website. All are welcome.
Meet at the pavilion in Patton Park
Friday, Aug 17 at 9:00 AMAmble & Ramble with Hendo Fun Friends
A leisurely walk along the Greenway. For more information see HFF website. All are welcome!
Meet at the pavilion in Patton Park
Monday, Aug 20 at 9:00 AMAmble & Ramble with Hendo Fun Friends
A leisurely walk along the Greenway. For more information see HFF website. All are welcome.
Meet at the pavilion in Patton Park
• SEPTEMBER 2018
Saturday, Sep 8 at 10:00 AMA History Walk with Jennie Jones Giles
The Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway will sponsor a History Walk with Jennie Jones Giles on Saturday, September 8th. The current 3.5-mile greenway ends in the Balfour community just north of Hendersonville. The area’s rich history will be the focus of the slow 2-hour walk along the greenway and into Berkeley Mills Park.

During the walk, Giles will talk about the old quarry nearby, William Balfour Troy, the early post office, railroad depot, churches, and orphanage. Also discussed will be Joseph Allison Adger Smyth and Balfour Mills, the mill village, its industrial baseball league and field, Berkeley Mills, and the school.

The walk leader, Jennie Jones Giles, iwith as a descendant of some of the earliest pioneer settlers in Henderson and Polk counties, and has spent more than 30 years studying the area’s history and genealogy. With an extensive career in teaching and publishing, Giles earned many awards while working at the Hendersonville Times-News for 27 years. She currently teaches a continuing education class at Blue Ridge Community College on the history and heritage of Henderson County.
Meet at the north end greenway parking lot on Balfour Rd (near the Kimberly Clark plant)
Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 15th


 News About the Greenway

Date News Information Location
• JULY 2018
Wednesday, Jul. 25MPO announced grant for Mills River multiuse path
From the Hendersonville Times-News.
Read the article.
Tuesday, Jul. 17Letter to the Editor - Government support for greenways
From the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Read the letter.
• APRIL 2018
Monday, Apr. 9Dollars, jobs flow from paths
Opinion piece in Hendersonville Times-News. "Should we support more greenways? Only if we want more jobs, strong economic growth, healthier residents and safe opportunities for outdoor recreation, all while improving our environment."
Read the article.
Thursday, Apr. 5Study shows economic impact of NC greenways
Article in the Hendersonville Times-News. "Overall, the study found the Brevard Greenway generates an annual sales revenue output of $1.56 million, supports 21 jobs and generates $614,000 in labor income."
Read the article.
• MARCH 2018
Thursday, Mar. 8Mills River Town Council approves Highway 280 multi-use path
Article in Hendersonville Times-News. "A multi-use path to run alongside N.C. Highway 280 has been given the go ahead for the north Mills River area."
Read the article.
• FEBRUARY 2018
Friday, Feb. 16Charting Paths for the Future
Opinion piece in the Hendersonville Times-News
Read the opinion.
Saturday, Feb. 10‘Friends’ groups provide vital support for public lands
Mountain XPress article about Friends groups by Danny Bernstein.
Read the article.
• DECEMBER 2017
Friday, Dec. 8Create safe options to walk, bike
Opinion piece in the Hendersonville Times-News.
Read the opinion.
• NOVEMBER 2017
Tuesday, Nov. 7County gets money to study Oklawaha Greenway expansion
From the Hendersonville Times-News
Read the article.
• SEPTEMBER 2017
Thursday, Sep. 14Mountain Community School Wins Bikes, Plans Monthly Rides
From the Hendersonville Times-News; mentions the Oklawaha Greenway.
Read the article
Monday, Sep. 4Regional planners OK three greenway studies
From the Hendersonville Lightning
Read the article
• AUGUST 2017
Thursday, Aug. 24Nature Nuts on the Greenway, Wednesdays during Sept. and Oct.
Nature Nuts is a new program for families with young children, sponsored by Hands On! and Hendersonville Pediatrics.
Read the article from the Hendersonville Times-News.
Friday, Aug. 4Survey for NC 280 Multi-Use Path
Community leaders are investigating the feasibility of a proposed 15-mile paved path between Mills River and Brevard, from Westfeldt Park, near the Asheville Airport, to Pisgah Forest at the junction of NC 280 and US 64. The proposed paved path would be parallel to and separated from the NC 280 roadway.
Answer nine survey questions online here.
Read more information from the Hendersonville Times-News.
Also, information here from WLOS and more from the Times-News.
• JULY 2017
Monday, Jul. 31Ask13 Answers a Question about the Oklawaha Greenway
From WLOS channel 13, Asheville.
Watch the segment
Monday, Jul. 17Article from Hendersonville Lightning
"Support for greenway expansion gains momentum in cities, county."
Read the Article. Also see two related articles below.
Monday, Jul. 17Hendersonville Lightning Related Article
"Sanders is there when bicycling is on agenda"
Read the article 
Monday, Jul. 17Hendersonville Lightning Related Article
"Key dates in Henderson County's greenway efforts"
Read the article 
Friday, Jul. 14WLOS TV features "Born Learning" Trail
New 'Born Learning' trail in Hendersonville prepares kids for kindergarten
Read the article (WLOS website)
Tuesday, Jul. 11Hendersonville Times-News article
Brown to take over Parks and Recreation Department
Read the story (pdf)
Sunday, Jul. 9Hendersonville Times-News opinion
Kudos to county for Master Plans
Read the opinion (pdf)
• MAY 2017
Sunday, May. 7"Strive Not to Drive" article from Hendersonville Times-News
Step out of your car comfort zone - by Katie Breckheimer.
Read the article (PDF)
• APRIL 2017
Thursday, Apr. 13Article from Hendersonville Times-News
Bluebirds on the Oklawaha Greenway
Read the Story.
Tuesday, Apr. 11Article from Hendersonville Times-News
'Walks and Talks' along the Greenway begin on April 22
Read the story.
Sunday, Apr. 9Letter to the Editor - Relay on the Greenway
From the Hendersonville Times-News
Read the letter.
Saturday, Apr. 1Letter to the Editor - A County Treasure
From Hendersonville Times-News
Read the letter.
• MARCH 2017
Tuesday, Mar. 28Emergency Phones Installed Along Oklawaha Greenway
From the Hendersonville Times-News
Read as a PDF
Thursday, Mar. 16Master Plan for Greenway story - Hendersonville Times-News
Report from the Henderson Co. Board of Commissioners meeting on March 15, 2017.
Read the article as a PDF
Thursday, Mar. 9Letter to the Editor in support of Greenway
From Hendersonville Times-News
Read the letter.
Monday, Mar. 6Bluebird Nest Boxes
More than a dozen new nest boxes have been installed on the Greenway, thanks to Joe Sanders and the Young Naturalists. The boxes in Jackson Park will be monitored by the County 4H Club.
5 from N Main St to the bridge over Britton Creek; 4 on the Kimberly-Clark section; 4 in Jackson Park.
• FEBRUARY 2017
Wednesday, Feb. 22New Website Promotes Trail
From Hendersonville Times-News
Read the article (PDF, 1.3MB)
• JANUARY 2017
Tuesday, Jan. 31Story featuring Oklawaha Greenway Photo
'Roller coaster' weather not uncommon for January
See the photo in BlueRidgeNow.com.
• NOVEMBER 2016
Friday, Nov. 25Oklawaha Greenway story in the Hendersonville Times-News
The Oklawaha Greenway and the Hendersonville Fun Friends meet-up group were mentioned as well as the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.
Read it in BlueRidgeNow.com.


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