Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Who is Wilma Dykeman and what is RiverLink doing in her name?

Join RiverLink Executive Director Karen Cragnolin and Jim Stokely, Wilma Dykeman's son and President of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy, for two informative presentations -- Friday, April 10 and Friday, May 8, both from 4 to 6 p.m. -- at RiverLink's Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street in the heart of the River Art District.

The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are a must.
Please visit:
to reserve your seat today. Parking is available in the 12Bones lot.

Karen and Jim are teaming up to present:

"Who is Wilma Dykeman and What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay All About?"

RiverLink raised $250,000 to develop four consensus plans for the RiverWay: transportation, economic development, landscape and architectural for the rebirth of the French Broad River watershed as a destination where everyone would be welcomed to live, work and play. The resulting Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan consolidated 20 years of previous planning that RiverLink had initiated into a comprehensive plan designed to promote and protect the French Broad River, conserve land, control storm water and attract mixed-use, mixed-income multi-modal development. The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan gained the adoption and support of all local and regional governments  as well as over 40 civic organizations as the official blueprint for the rebirth of the urban riverfront and a demonstration project for the entire watershed.

The plan was funded with contributions from Buncombe County, NCDOT, the City of Asheville, TVA,  Progress Energy (now Duke Energy) and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schaub. The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan has attracted millions of dollars for its implementation and is credited with providing a new  vision and direction for the river and its uses.

Join us either -- Friday, April 10 or May 8 -- from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to learn more about Buncombe County native daughter Wilma Dykeman and her work and how it motivated  a new look at the rivers in America and how the French Broad benefited from her attention and insight. The March 6 program filled up in a matter of days, so advanced reservations are highly suggested. 

See for more information on the Dykeman Plan.

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