Richmond Hill Park is rapidly becoming one of Asheville premier parks, but park users and residents of Richmond Hill should brace themselves for change. 1,530 housing units could be built right next to Richmond Hill Park at the end of Richmond Hill Drive. The approximately 90 acres of forest is for sale and zoned by the town of Woodfin as Urban village, allowing 17 units per acre and a mix of residential and retail space. IF this property is developed in this way, it would create serious traffic and safety issues for Richmond Hill residents as well as inflict a big blow to the ecology of Richmond Hill Park.
90 acres of forest for sale next to Richmond Hill Park
About 5 acres of the land that is for sale use to be part of Richmond Hill Park, but was traded to a private party in order to gain access to Richmond Hill Park at the end of Richmond Hill Drive during construction of the disc golf course and armory . This property contains high quality forest in the park, abundant wild flowers and drains into the wetlands at the north end of the park.
In a North Carolina Natural Heritage Report of the park, this property was described like this “Bluff forests on private land in the northeastern portion of the site appear to be in excellent condition with quite mature forest and almost no sign of invasives.” and “adjacent private lands east of the park should be targeted for conservation easements, as this area appears to be the portion of the site in the best condition.” This land needs to be part of Richmond Hill Park!
Much of the shaded area on the right (coded as Montane Oak Hickey Forest, Cove Forest and Floodplain Pool) is the property that is currently for sale. This forest should be protect and made part of Richmond Hill Park! Imagine a 250+ acre forested park so close to downtown Asheville!
Part of the current disc golf course is also right along the property line and would likely be affected when the property is developed.
Whether you live in the Richmond Hill neighborhood, are a disc golf fan or use the park for other types of recreation, your voice is needed. Tell the Buncombe County, City of Asheville, the Town of Woodfin that you want this property protected and incorporated into Richmond Hill Park. If this property is incorporated into Richmond Hill Park, it would make the park over 250 acres.
Think about what a 250+ acre forest park so close to downtown could mean for Asheville and Woodfin in 50 years. Please take a moment write a letter to editor about why it is important to you to protect this forest and expand Richmond Hill Park.
The wetland on the Peterson Property that is for sale. This property contains 90+ acres of forest, great bird and wildlife habitat, wetlands and salamanders, including the rare zigzag salamander.
This is an issues that needs your voice, needs your action and needs you to take a moment to let it be known that you want this forested land to become part of Richmond Hill Park!
A partnership between Buncombe County, City of Asheville, Town of Woodfin and conservation organizations could protect this forest in perpetuity. – Please spread the word!
People to Contact:
Asheville Parks and Rec. Department
Roderick Simmons, Parks Director – email@example.com
Al Kopf – Superintendent – firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodfin – email@example.com
Buncombe County Park Department
Fran Thigpen – Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
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