Richmond Hill Woods City Park

This blog is dedicated to preserving Asheville, NC's largest wooded green space, Richmond Hill Park, from becoming an athletic field complex and National Guard armory. If you want to Save this wooded park WRITE, CALL or email all City Council and Parks and Recreation TODAY. TEll them you oppose the ball fields in this unique, hilly and amazing wooded park. There are better places for ball fields than in the exceptional city park.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Parks and Recreation lauch their own web site

Parks and Recreation just launched their own website. They do their best to sugar coat the 1/4 million cubic yards of soil (which is HUGE) they will have to move and the 30+ acres of wooded park that will be cleared and leveled, lost forever. But they can't hide the fact that there are better places for flat ball fields.

Asheville Parks and Recreation, Richmond Hill

We are working on identify alternative locations that are more suitable for such fields, and the funding opportunities that are available from state and federal agencies, such as FEMA.

Look at the time line; Approval of Timber Sale BEFORE the Environmental Assessment, how does that work? I always though you had to find out what to protect, then develop your plans around that!

Also the armory shown on their map is not quite the full truth. Plans submitted by the armory (2/24/06) have an addition 7,500 sq/ ft "Field Maintenance Shop" located in the "Tree save area on their map" planed for future construction. This makes the impact look much smaller than it is, just like the way that they split the plans between the armory and the ball complex. They only tell you one little bit at a time making their plans look more benign than they really are, masking the real impact that they will have on the environment and the neighborhood.

The ball fields now have 200 parking spaces, up from the 140, and while it looks like a smaller impact on their map, the disturbance zone is still 20-25 acres, plus the armory.

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