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Henderson County News

Gym to close for a month for floor work

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 The Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center Gym will close for renovations to the gym floor July 31 through Labor Day.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center

Henderson County Life

Work under way on Sullivan Park upgrade

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Crews began work Monday on a new playground at Sullivan Park in the Green Meadows community. After part of the current playground is removed start a new playground will be installed.   Read Story »

Tags: Green Meadows | parks and recreation | Sullivan Park

Fletcher News

Charter school, town, conservancy seek grant for 93-acre Summit Park

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FLETCHER — Residents could enjoy a hike to a summit and enjoy a panoramic view of mountains in the distance if a three-party team is successful in a plan to acquire 90 acres of undeveloped land for parkland and a charter school campus.   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher | Fletcher Town Council | parks and recreation | FernLeaf Community Charter School | Conserving Carolina

Fletcher Life

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher Town Council | parks and recreation

Henderson County News

County seeks grant to move flooded trail to higher ground

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The “duck pond” that inundates the Jackson Park segment of the Oklawaha Greenway could be fixed if the state approves a parks and recreation grant for a realignment.
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Tags: parks and recreation | greenways | Mud Creek

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | parks and recreation

Henderson County News

Community Foundation grant will help park build Tot Lot

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Tags: Community Foundation of Henderson County | parks and recreation | Maurean Adams | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

Six advisory boards endorse countywide greenway plan

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Tags: Henderson County planning | parks and recreation | John Mitchell | greenways | bicycling | Chris Burns

Henderson County News

Brevard, Lake Lure win park grants

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Tags: Brevard | parks and recreation | Lake Lure

Henderson County News

What are nominations for Mills River greenway name?

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Tags: parks and recreation | greenways

Henderson County News

Trail length doubles at 'no excuses park'

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FLAT ROCK — The Park at Flat Rock, said Mayor Bob Staton, is one more attraction that makes the village special.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | exercise and fitness | Bob Staton | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

Laurel Park to celebrate new Rhododendron Lake park

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Tags: parks and recreation | Laurel Park Town Council | Laurel Park Town Council member Paul Hansen | Lake Rhododendron | Carey Ocain

Henderson County News

Mills River kills southern segment of NC 280 greenway

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Tags: parks and recreation | greenways | Mills River Town Council

Henderson County News

Owner offers to sell Lake Osceola to county for $3M

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Tags: parks and recreation | land conservation | Lake Osceola

Henderson County News

County, Laurel Park win park grants

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Henderson County won a $350,000 grant for the Bell Trail Park in Green River and Laurel Park won an $80,000 grant for improvements at Rhododendron Lake Nature Park in a new round of state parks and recreation grants.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation

Henderson County News

$5,000 study concludes playground's not too noisy

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FLAT ROCK — Responding to complaints from residents of Highland Golf Villas, the Flat Rock Village Council spent $5,000 to find out if the town’s new playground is too noisy.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Ed Lastein, a 'guiding spirit' of Flat Rock's park, dies at 59

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FLAT ROCK — Edward Harold “Ed” Lastein Jr., a landscape architect who designed most of the public outdoor space, greenways and sidewalks of Flat Rock and served over the past four years as “the guiding spirit” of the new Park at Flat Rock, died suddenly Thursday of a brain aneurysm. He was 59 years old.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

No thanks, Village says to park purchase offer

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FLAT ROCK — If the Village Council ever gets fed up with the citizenry’s demands for improvements, complaints about loose dogs and jeremiads about park crime and traffic, it can always sell the town’s park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock retiree bequeaths $231,000 to park

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FLAT ROCK — The estate of a Flat Rock retiree who wanted to "share the happiness (he and his wife) had found in the Flat Rock community" has donated $230,886 to the Park at Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Maurean Adams | Park at Flat Rock | Flat Rock Park

Flat Rock Life

Maybank, Rhett families to fund nature center at park

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Two families have committed pledges and gifts itotaling $40,000 to help develop the nature center at the Park at Flat Rock, the Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. announced on Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don’t this miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Naturalist to lead tours at Flat Rock Park

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FLAT ROCK — A naturalist will lead tours of the Park at Flat Rock at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month starting on April 4.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

Village seeks $330,000 grant for park trails

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FLAT ROCK— The Flat Rock Village Council has authorized an expenditure of up to $66,000 as 20 percent match for a potential grant of $330,000 for trails, bridges, boardwalks and culverts at the park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

Board authorizes Dana Park work

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners authorized a contract of $94,833 for Allison Contractors for the phase one improvements for Dana Park including grading, walking trails and a parking lot.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation

Flat Rock News

Village Council OKs park gate

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FLAT ROCK — The Park at Flat Rock will be getting a gate.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Laurel Park News

Laurel Park wins grant for Rhododendron Lake work

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LAUREL PARK — The Town of Laurel Park has received a $63,550 grant to improve Rhododendron Lake Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | Rhododendron Lake Park | parks and recreation

Flat Rock News

Welcome center bids top budget by $100K

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock park planners went back to the drawing board after construction bids for a welcome center and public restrooms came in $100,000 over budget.     Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | local budgets | Park at Flat Rock

Green River Life

County breaks ground on Tuxedo park

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TUXEDO — Green River residents, Henderson County commissioners and others celebrated the groundbreaking of a long-awaited community park in Tuxedo on Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: Tuxedo | Green River-Tuxedo-Zirconia community plan | parks and recreation | Tuxedo Community Park

Flat Rock Life

Sandburg Home seeks volunteer monarch monitors

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The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is seeking volunteers to participate in a citizen science volunteer project monitoring monarch butterflies.   Read Story »

Tags: Carl Sandburg National Historic Site | parks and recreation | monarch butterflies

Green River News

County, Mills River denied park grants

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Henderson County and the town of Mills River failed to win funding in a round of 2014-15 state parks grants recommended on Friday.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Park | parks and recreation | Tuxedo Community Park | NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund

Green River News

Board says yes to Tuxedo, Dana parks

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners committed to start this year on the first phase of Tuxedo Park and endorsed total new spending of $449,000 on parks and recreation improvements during a budget workshop on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Village wise to slow park spending

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Politicians are not known for taking their promises seriously.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | local budgets | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

Flat Rock hires Adams to raise money for park

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation announced on Thursday the hiring of Maurean Adams as director of development.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | fundraisers | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock celebrates park; foundation hires director

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock residents and others marked the completion of a 1.3-mile walking trail and heard about the next park improvements during an Earth Day celebration of the new park.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock delays park driveway for a year

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FLAT ROCK — Facing mounting operating costs and higher than projected construction costs, the Flat Rock Village Council voted last week to delay a new entrance driveway and parking lot for a year.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Village to dedicate park trail on Tuesday

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The Village of Flat Rock will dedicate the perimeter trail at The Park at Flat Rock during a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Mills River News

Mills River explores NC 280 bike path

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MILLS RIVER — A greenway along N.C. 280 could connect new breweries, parks, rivers and other bikeways, a planning consultant says.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | Ecusta Trail | parks and recreation | greenways | bicycling

Henderson County News

Mills River says yes to brewery, no to beer

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MILLS RIVER — An offer from Mills River's most high-profile employer to raise money for the Town Park with an event that sold its signature product was not enough to persuade the Town Council.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Sierra Nevada | parks and recreation

Flat Rock News

Two village leaders would delay new park entrance

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FLAT ROCK — Concerned about escalating construction costs and unknown operating costs, two members of the Flat Rock Village Council have suggested a moratorium on new spending and a second look at whether a new entrance is needed at a price of almost $1 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: More work set for park

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  FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council last week authorized a $15,411 contract for stream and creek work and tentatively committed about $150,000 to renovate the clubhouse for restrooms at the village’s new park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Mills River News

Mills River to seek grant for ballfields, parking

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River will apply for a grant from the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to help pay for the next phase of Town Park improvements.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | parks and recreation

Henderson County News

Sandburg trail section closed for repairs

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FLAT ROCK — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trail Crew will begin trail work on a portion of Memminger Trail on Tuesday.   Read Story »

Tags: hiking | Carl Sandburg National Historic Site | parks and recreation

Flat Rock News

Village opens bids for park work

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FLAT ROCK — Pace Construction and Engineering submitted the low bid for removing two buildings at the Park at Flat Rock, the new park at the former Highland Lake golf course property.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock News

Park at Flat Rock opens

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FLAT ROCK — So far use of the Park at Flat Rock has been light, with a few walkers and dogs sighted since the park opened on Friday, Dec. 13.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

County wins $500,000 grant for Athletics Center

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An early Christmas present has given Henderson County a big boost in its effort to develop the new Athletics and Activity Center on South Grove Street.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center

Hendersonville Sports

Big wheels in bike racing descend on Jackson Park

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The top three U.S. professional cyclo-cross racers are among several hundred professional and amateur bicycle racers who will converge on Jackson Park this weekend for the North Carolina Grand Prix, a part of the USA Cycling Pro CX Cyclo-Cross tour.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Tim Hopkin | Jackson Park

Flat Rock News

Free, come get: Flat Rock seeks bids for removing buildings

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FLAT ROCK — The Village of Flat Rock is seeking bids for someone to remove two buildings from its new park property at the former Highland Lake Golf Club.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Fletcher News

Fletcher rec director appointed to state panel

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FLETCHER — Fletcher Parks and Recreation Director Greg Walker has been elected to serve on the 2014 North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association Board of Directors.   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher | Fletcher Community Park | Greg Walker | parks and recreation

Flat Rock News

Village at odds over park priorities

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FLAT ROCK — One day before the Flat Rock takes possession of its new 67-acre park land, the Village Council decided that it needed to hold a workshop to order priorities for park development.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Henderson County News

Council OKs first phase of Park at Flat Rock

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FLAT ROCK — A new entrance from Highland Lake Road, restrooms and a sheltered picnic pavilion are among the first improvements residents will see at the new Park at Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Hendersonville News

City Council OKs $6 million bond issue for park

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Hendersonville City Council members on Thursday gave the go-ahead for a $6 million bond issue to develop Berkeley Park and ranked improvements they said residents could expect to see if voters approve the bond issue.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | parks and recreation | Berkeley Park | local government borrowing

Hendersonville News

City Council to vote on $6 million bond issue

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Hendersonville voters will decide in November whether the city can borrow $6 million to develop Berkeley Park and make other parks and recreation improvements if the City Council approves the steps needed for a referendum.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | parks and recreation | Berkeley Park | local government borrowing

Henderson County Life

Dedication set for pedestrian bridge, visitors center at DuPont

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DUPONT STATE FOREST — High-ranking North Carolina officials will be on hand for the dedication Monday of the new Hooker Falls pedestrian bridge and the new visitors center at DuPont State Recreational Forest.     Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | parks and recreation | DuPont State Forest | NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Henderson County News

'Roll models' to get free frozen yogurt treat

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Safe bicycle riding and skateboarding in Hendersonville could earn kids a free dessert.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Police Department | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake | bicycling

Henderson County Sports

County dedicates new gym

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The first summer camp at Henderson County's new gym tipped off today with a boys basketball camp run by Hall of Fame prep coach John Whitmire.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center

Henderson County News

Flat Rock hopes for Round 2 funding for park

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FLAT ROCK — Although the Flat Rock Village Council missed state funding in May to help pay for the purchase of the Highland Lake Golf Course for a park, the village still has a shot at the money.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | land conservation

Flat Rock News

Village budget allocates $824,000 for work on park

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FLAT ROCK — The Village of Flat Rock plans to spend up to $1.3 million in its upcoming fiscal year to buy and begin development of its new park. It won't raise taxes to do it.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Henderson County News

Got next: Dana residents launch park campaign

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DANA — Like the rest of the county, Dana is catching park fever.   Read Story »

Tags: Dana | parks and recreation

Flat Rock News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Village can make park work

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Some people said yippee and others said oh no when the Flat Rock Village Council voted last week to buy the Highland Lake golf course and develop it as a park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | Lightning editorials

Henderson County News

French Broad could connect new greenways

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MILLS RIVER — The French Broad River is one of the best bodies of water to fish for muskie, which is what Bryan Jeffords tried to do on a recent Sunday.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sierra Nevada | Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | parks and recreation | French Broad Rivers | greenways

Henderson County News

Park opponents urge Village referendum

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FLAT ROCK — For the first time since it has been publicly debated, a proposed Flat Rock park received a mostly thumbs down from residents who feared the result will be a longterm financial burden and a property tax increase to cover operating and maintenance cost.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Hendersonville News

City voters could see bond issue for Berkeley Park

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Hendersonville voters could vote this fall on a bond issue for Berkeley Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Hendersonville City Councilman Ron Stephens | parks and recreation | Berkeley Park | local government borrowing

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock park opponent makes his case

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Here are excerpts from a 1,623-word letter by Flat Rock resident Bob Demartini raising questions about the proposed Highland Lake Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | Bob Demartini

Hendersonville News

City wins $700,000 grant for greenway extension

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Runners, walkers and bike riders would be able to go from Jackson Park to the city's new Berkeley Park if the Hendersonville City Council moves ahead with a 1.4-mile extension of the Oklawaha Greenway.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | parks and recreation | Oklawaha Greenway

Flat Rock News

Village Council wants details on yearly park cost

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council, in its first public discussion reacting to a proposed park at the Highland Lake Golf Course property, indicated conditional support of the idea while raising questions about the yearly maintenance cost.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Henderson County News

Minutes reveal substance of closed sessions

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners in August 2011 considered making an offer of $1.5 million for the Highland Lake Golf Course and planned to share the cost with the Henderson County Soccer Association.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sierra Nevada | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Tuxedo Community Park | Athletics and Activities Center

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Five things to watch in 2013

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Five things to watch in 2013:   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Mills River | Fletcher | Sierra Nevada | Hendersonville Lightning | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | parks and recreation

Henderson County News

County now owns an Athletics and Activities Center

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Henderson County consummated the purchase of the Hendersonville Christian School property  on Thursday, nine days after the lender who held the note on the property threatened to withdraw the bank's consent to the sale.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Skip Goldsmith

Flat Rock News

Park panel makes appeal for endorsements

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FLAT ROCK — Representatives of Flat Rock homeowners associations and other organizations heard about plans for a proposed Highland Lake Park and took back information to their boards for possible endorsements.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Saluda News

Saluda couple plans mile-long zipline

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SALUDA — A million-dollar investment and 25 new jobs for the Saluda area await an imminent decision on a $250,000 federal grant proposal.
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Tags: Saluda | parks and recreation | Saluda Town Board | Green River Gorge zipline | Green River Adventures | Tim Bell | Sara Bell

Saluda News

PARK GLANCE: Green River Gorge zipline

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The Gorge   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda Board of Commissioners | parks and recreation | Green River Gorge zipline

Fletcher News

PARK GLANCE: Fletcher Community Park

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Fletcher Community Park   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher Community Park | Fletcher Town Council | parks and recreation

Hendersonville News

PARK GLANCE: Berkeley Park

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Berkeley Park   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

PARK GLANCE: Tuxedo Community Park

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Tuxedo Community Park   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Tuxedo | parks and recreation | Tuxedo Community Park | Tim Hopkin

Mills River News

PARK GLANCE: Mills River Town Park

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Mills River Town Park   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board | parks and recreation

Laurel Park News

PARK GLANCE: Rhododendron Lake Park

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Rhododendron Lake Park   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

PARK GLANCE: Jackson Park improvements

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Jackson Park improvements   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

PARK GLANCE: Proposed Highland Lake Park

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Highland Lake Park (proposed)   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Henderson County News

PARK GLANCE: Hendersonville Christian School property

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Former Hendersonville Christian School property   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

YEAR OF THE PARK: Towns, breweries going green in 2013

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Jaime Laughter has served as Mills River's town manager from concept through construction of the town's 50-acre community park. In that role, she's observed a shift in the public's perception of the 10-year-old town that is now the proud owner of a park.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | parks and recreation | Oskar Blues

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EXCLUSIVE: YEAR OF THE PARK

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Check out this week's Hendersonville Lightning on newsstands now for an exclusive look at how Henderson County and its towns and new businesses like Sierra Nevada are investing in parks and greenways in a big way. Our special report, 2013: Year of the Park, has all the details, plus maps and photos. It's only in the Hendersonville Lightning and only in print.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

This way to the egress, park advisers say

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FLAT ROCK — An advisory group exploring options for a proposed Highland Lake Park wants a new entrance that would divert traffic from the current entrance to the golf course.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | recreation | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Henderson County News

County seeks $500,000 state grant for recreation

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Henderson County will apply for a $500,000 state parks grant that officials say could help pay for the Hendersonville Christian School purchase.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | recreation | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property

Laurel Park News

Laurel Park inches ahead on park plans

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LAUREL PARK — Laurel Park town officials are moving ahead with plans for new walking trails and other improvements at Rhododendron Lake Park despite their concerns that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requirements are overly restrictive.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | Rhododendron Lake Park | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | parks and recreation