Neighborhood update

Dear Haw Creek Community Asso. member,

With this message, your board of directors is excited to report two important developments.

First, we now have a direct method for communicating with you. This Listserv is only for dues-paying members. Instead of hoping you spot our messages on Facebook or Next Door, we can now communicate directly with Haw Creek Association members. We won’t flood your in-box but will share timely and relevant news that affects you and the Haw Creek community.

Second, the board of directors is undertaking our first fundraising campaign to make tangible improvements here in Haw Creek. Below is our campaign plan and goal for building a parking lot and kiosk for Masters Park. We’re hopeful you agree and consider supporting this initiative.

For more information and a flyer you can print and share, follow this link.

Thank you,
Chris Pelly, President

Masters Park Challenge

Longtime residents of Haw Creek may recall the 2009 campaign which led to creation of Masters Park. Our community association partnered with Buncombe County and the City of Asheville with each providing a third of the $720,000 purchase price for the nine-acre site on Maple Drive which is now Masters Park. At the time the plan was to build a parking lot but it was during the Great Recession and funds were limited.

Fast forward twelve years. The park is well loved with an estimated 15,000 visitors a year. However we still only have roadside parking with erosion and congestion worsening. For this reason our community association is undertaking a fundraising campaign to build a 12-vehicle parking lot and kiosk for Masters Park.

We successfully fundraised before and we feel like we can again–with your help. The budget for these improvements is $25,000. Our goal is raising this amount by June 30th with improvements completed by September 30th, 2021.

Tax deductible donations can be made via our website: ilovehawcreek.com Donate button at bottom of homepage.

By mail, please send donation checks to HCCA at P O Box 9193, Asheville, NC 28815.

To print a handy flyer about this project, Click Here.

Current parking at Masters Park

Q and A about this plan:

Why isn’t the City of Asheville building the parking lot?

This parking lot is considered a ‘Capital Improvement’ by Asheville Parks & Recreation. At present, this department has a 4+ year waiting list of capital improvements. As roadside erosion at Masters Park is worsening, the board of directors of the community association determined we cannot wait four years to fix this problem.

Why is an off-road parking lot needed?

Current visitors can only park alongside Maple Drive which tends to block traffic on this narrow roadway, especially delivery trucks and other larger vehicles. If needed, once the parking lot is completed, ‘No Parking’ signs may be posted on the road.

How many vehicles will the lot hold?

Our goal is a parking lot for twelve vehicles.

Why do we need a kiosk?

The kiosk is to provide information about Masters Park and its unique eco-system. To learn more, please read the Summer, 2020 newsletter linked on this website under the Community News header.

Who is Masters Park named after?

Rory and Hazel Masters were life-long Haw Creek residents who helped found the Haw Creek volunteer fire department among other contributions. For more about the Masters family, please read the Fall, 2008 newsletter linked on this website under the Community News header.

East Asheville Library update Feb 23

“East Asheville Library fans are eager for a construction update, and we aim to please. While construction on the new facility is moving along and on schedule, there are still some important steps to go before we turn the final page on this project.”

Click through for more info and a picture gallery of the current state of the library.

https://www.buncombecounty.org/countycenter/news-detail.aspx?id=19163