Changes Coming to the Asheville Riverfront

French Broad River

The Asheville French Broad riverfront will be getting a $250 million dollar face lift. What’s a top reason you might spend more time on our riverfront?

  • A greenway along the riverside
  • Bicyle and pedestrian lanes
  • Public restrooms
  • More parking
  • More river access for boaters
  • An in-stream whitewater park
  • More events (music, fairs) along the riverfront

In fact, all of the above are in the works, although the whitewater park is only in the proposal stage.

About $50 million in public funds and $200 million in private funds will be invested in and around Asheville’s River Arts District. The River Arts District, once an industrial area, is now populated with artists’ studios, restaurants, and shops.

Local breweries will contribute to the riverfront expansion. Sierra Nevada Brewing will be building a river park area that connects with the French Broad River Trail. The new park will include a large stage for musical acts. New Belgium Brewing, which should be open for business in West Asheville by the end of this year, is contributing to the building of the greenway, as well as bicycle and pedestrian lanes along the river.

You can read more about plans for Asheville’s riverfront here on the City of Asheville’s website or in this article from the Asheville Citizen times.

What are your thoughts about changes to Asheville’s riverfront? Take the poll below and tell us more in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

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What are the top reasons you might spend more time at the Asheville riverfront? (Choose any that apply.)