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ASHEVILLE — The RiverLink Bus Tour offers answers about Asheville’s past, present and future: What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan and what does it hold for Asheville’s future? What are the plans for the old Cotton Mill down on Riverside Drive? How did the Flood of 1916 change the river area landscape?

The next tour will be Thursday, April 14, when the public is invited to tour the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers with RiverLink. The tour departs from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce parking area. We ask that guests arrive at about 11:45 so the tour can start promptly at noon.

This is an opportunity to see the improvements that have occurred and hear what is coming over the next several months and years to make our rivers better places to work, live and play. You will learn some local history and visit some streets and neighborhoods you have never seen before.

The bus will meet you at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Ave. and return you there. This tour is free for RiverLink members. Non-members cost $15 per person. Lunch is not provided but you can bring your own. Reservations are required. Please go to www.riverlink.org to make your reservation online or call 828-252-8474, Ext. 11.

And from RiverLink’s website:

RiverLink is a regional nonprofit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to live, work and play. Since 1987, we have engaged in simultaneous efforts to address water quality concerns throughout the French Broad River basin, expand public opportunities for access and recreation, and spearhead the economic revitalization of Asheville’s dilapidated riverfront district.

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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