ADC continues to advocate for adding the SMC Greenway to Asheville’s greenway master plan. Burton StreetWith potential to be one of the most high-traveled greenways in Asheville, SMC can provide both a transportation alternative and recreational opportunities. ADC will engage Burton St. residents in the development of a greenway that will promote healthy lifestyles while connecting usable outdoor space and community gardens into the neighborhood’s urban fabric.

The next step in the creation of the greenway is a feasibility study. In preparation, an ADC intern is collecting property info, conducting water sampling, and researching BMP and stream remediation options. This summer, interns from the University of Georgia Master’s of Landscape Architecture program and local volunteers will conduct a feasibility study focused on property owners adjacent to the creek bed, runoff issues and conceptual design. If the greenway is feasible, we will work with the Burton Street community to find funding for greenway construction.

Over 40 volunteers participated in a community clean-up day at SMC on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We pulled glass bottles, tires, furniture, a car wash brush and dumpsters full of other trash out of the creek. More clean-up days are in the works. Contact our Project Coordinator if you are interested in learning more about cleaning up SMC.