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The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Bringing Greenways to the River

The first lady of the French Broad, Wilma Dykeman, has a 17 mile greenway with separate walking and bike paths that connects the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers in our community named after her. RiverLink chose to use Wilma's name because in 1955 Wilma wrote The French Broad, (7 years before Rachel Carson wrote the Silent Spring), which detailed the linkage between economic development and environmental protection. Wilma knew that our economy was and is based on a healthy environment. The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay is a demonstration project for the entire 117 mile river that includes Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe and Madison counties.

You can own a piece of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay, and receive a personally inscribed deed to hang on your wall for $50 per linear foot. Every penny of your donation will be used to implement the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay and continue the work we have done at Carrier and French Broad River Parks, the old EDACO Junk Yard and the Blue Buildings. These projects are bringing the greenway to the downtown side of the river next!

As the holiday season approaches what better gift? These Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Deeds to build the greenway are guaranteed to be the right size and color for everyone on your gift list. This is a gift that promotes healthy living, more and better recreation, clean water, alternate transportation, and sustainable economic development.

To help make the greenway better and the object of your affections healthier call us at 828-252-8474, ext 110 or visit our secure website at

RiverLink is the regional organization spearheading the economic and environmental protection of the French Broad River as a destination where everyone can live, work and play.

(Image provided by Riverlink.)

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