If you have ever visited West Asheville Park off Vermont Ave., you may have walked the wooded trail along Rhododendron Creek. This section of Rhododendron Creek was the site of a stream restoration that RiverLink spearheaded in 2011. Work continues in this urban watershed through a “Name that Creek” campaign focused on a tributary of Rhododendron Creek that flows beside the playground in West Asheville Park. Many neighborhood kids (and dogs) have dipped their toes in this little nameless stream, so it was no surprise when creekside resident Sunny Carr reached out to RiverLink to give the stream a name. With help, they have gathered suggested names from residents who live along the creek and now they need your help to choose one!
You can vote online at Name that WAVL Creek Poll. Voting closes on January 1, 2018. The winning name must be approved first by Asheville City Council and then goes on to the U.S. Board of Geographical Names for final approval. Stay tuned for a neighborhood celebration of the newly named stream in spring 2018.
RiverLink’s Name that Creek program fosters stewardship of waterways by giving a name, and in turn an identity, of nameless streams throughout the French Broad River watershed while engaging local communities in the process. For more information about the Name that Creek program and other water quality initiatives, contact our Watershed Resources Manager Renee Fortner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 252-8474 X 14.