Greenworks Autumn Tree Giveaway!

Autumn Tree Giveaway

Sunday, October 31st 10am-2pm

Sand Hill Nursery at the Buncombe County Sports Park

Registration required!

In an effort to combat the loss of our urban canopy, largely due to growth and development, Asheville GreenWorks, with support from Dominion Energy, Buncombe County Recreation Services, Pisgah Plants, Southeastern Native Plant Nursery, and Green River Botanicals, will be giving away 1,000 native trees to Buncombe County residents.

As we lose public space for trees, it’s important to support private land and homeowners in planting more trees and empowering them with the knowledge to care for them. This event is FREE to Buncombe County residents who have residential land to plant trees. Commercial usage is not permitted.

Registration opens Sunday, October 17th at noon, and is required for participants to select a pick up time and tree species (2 trees per Buncombe County residential address). More information can be found here.

Register at


Species Available:

  • American Beech
  • American Persimmon
  • American Plum
  • American Sweetgum
  • American Sycamore
  • Bald Cypress
  • Black Gum
  • Bur Oak
  • Eastern Redbud
  • East Redcedar
  • Northern Oak
  • Pecan
  • Pignut Hickory
  • Red Maple
  • River Birch
  • Shumard Oak
  • Silver Maple
  • Southern Crabapple
  • Virginia Pine
  • White Oak
  • Yellow Poplar


October 2021 in Haw Creek

The leaves are blushing, the nights are cool, and the bears are into our pumpkins! It must be October in Haw Creek!

This month, there are lots of ways to engage with our community.

Growth and Development Survey

The Community Association Growth and Development Survey is still open! Please tell us about YOUR priorities for our growing community.


Yard Sale

The folks at 72 Cisco Rd. are planning a huge yard sale on Saturday 9 October. Help them declutter and find yourself some treasure!

Saturday October 9, 9am – 1pm
72 Cisco Rd., Asheville


Fall Festival and Tailgate Market

Groce United Methodist Church will host a Fall Festival on Friday October 15th at the East Asheville Tailgate Market. Festivities will include crafts, games, the pumpkin patch (see below) and more!

Friday October 15th, 3 – 6pm
954 Tunnel Rd.


Fall Fun Festival

Haw Creek Commons and Bethesda United Methodist Church will host a Fall Festival on Saturday 16 October from 11am – 2pm. The event will include loads of craft activities for kids of all ages; fall yard-prep & eco-talks; woodland tours; food trucks; and more!

Saturday October 16, 11am – 2pm
Haw Creek Commons grounds and gardens, 315 Old Haw Creek Rd.


Solar Panel Dedication

On Sunday 24 October, St. John’s Episcopal Church will dedicate their new solar panels. Please join them after the 11am service.  Please RSVP to Mary Sorrells at or 828-215-3800

Sunday October 24 after 11am
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd


Cub Scouts

Cub Scout registration is now open and meetings begin soon. Cub Scouts is open to boys and girls aged 5 – 10. Pack 108 will meet at Groce United Methodist Church on Mondays at 6pm.

Please contact Jason on 828-216-9959 or for more information or to register.


Pumpkin Patch!

The Groce United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch returns this year to the corner of Beverly and Tunnel Rd. The pumpkin patch is open seven days a week starting Sunday October 3rd at 12:30pm.

Pick out your pumpkins Sunday – Friday from 12:30 – 7pm or Saturdays from 10am – 7pm.


East Village Grille

Now through October 31, when you mention Haw Creek Elementary School at check out a portion of the proceeds will benefit the school. Everybody wins!  Brought to you by the HCES Parent Teacher Association.


Feature image: Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

Haw Creek Growth and Development Survey

Your Haw Creek Community Association is here to advocate for you and the best interests of our community. To be effective, we need to hear from you!

The Association had planned to host a World Cafe consultation in October; however, in the interest of health and safety, we have agreed to utilize an online survey at this time.

Please complete our Growth and Development Survey today and share it widely! We want everyone in Haw Creek, of every age, to be heard so that we can be effective for you!

Survey closes 30 October 2021.

Renate Rikkers Awarded for ‘Dogged Determination’

Dear Haw Creek Neighbors,


Please join me in congratulating our neighbor, Renate Rikkers, who was honored June 28th for her years of service to the Haw Creek community. Below is the statement explaining how she made a difference, in so many ways, to our community. Thank you, Renate!

Chris Pelly

From our public meeting on 28 June – 

Before we close tonight, there is one more item for which I seek your attention. The Haw Creek Community Association relies on volunteers from the community to help us achieve our goals. The best of these volunteers bring a high level initiative and tenacity to this work.

Believe or not, when we are promoting issues important to the Haw Creek community, sometimes we run into delays and setbacks and obstructions. Sometimes we’re told to wait.

So, it takes a special strength of character to keep going and keep moving forward. And sometimes it takes even more. Sometimes it takes, quite frankly,  dogged determination – a character trait I believe is oftentimes undervalued.

Maybe we all can’t be the fastest, or the strongest, or the youngest anymore; but dogged determination is a superpower available to anyone – if we choose to use it.

One member of the Haw Creek Community Association  has consistently demonstrated this trait.

Let me tell you about her:

  • She initiated and organized weekly food trucks in the middle of the pandemic to help keep our community connected
  • She has organized, for several years, litter clean up efforts throughout our valley
  • She has made many personal visits to the Public Works Department, the Department of Transportation, Asheville Greenworks, and many other agencies, all in service of building effective working relationships between the Haw Creek community and these institutions
  • She has lead efforts on enforcement against illegal signs so our community can look its best
  • When barking dogs were a noisy scourge in our community, she led efforts to strengthen the animal control ordinance
  • To promote safety and connection between neighbors, she has organized a phone tree on her street–something we might consider on our own street
  • And, with her friendly and on-going outreach, she has recruited multiple volunteers for this very community association

Tonight we salute Renate Rikkers for her can-do attitude on behalf of our community. Her Dogged Determination is an example of living a purposeful life in service to others. Renate is tough and strong and determined; and she makes a difference. Her Dogged Determination has made a difference over and over for the Haw Creek community.

Tonight we present Renate Rikkers with the Dogged Determination award for her selfless service to Haw Creek and Asheville. Because of Renate we’re a better, cleaner, and more social community. This award is our recognition of this fact. Thank you, Renate!

Welcoming New Local Businesses!

Please join us in welcoming Fox & Crowe Salon and Sugar Hollow Solar to Haw Creek!

Both are located at the intersection of Beverly Rd and New Haw Creek Rd, and you can find them online at and

Fox & Crowe Salon, a boutique salon, opened their doors at 552 New Haw Creek Rd Suite A on May 3rd. Owner-stylist Katie Fisher (Fox) has been a stylist in Asheville for over 10 years, and also lives in Haw Creek. Owner-stylist, Noelle (Crowe) has also been a stylist for 10 years. Both envisioned a salon environment offering organic products, high quality service, in a bright, calm atmosphere, surrounded by plants. They are very excited to be a part of Haw Creek. By appointment only. Visit them at

Sugar Hollow Solar has just moved into 2 Miller Rd East, behind Fox & Crowe. They’re still setting up but would love a visit if you want to come say hello. Sugar Hill Solar has been helping homeowners, businesses, and government go solar in western NC and upstate SC since 2010. Born and raised in Fairview, NC, they’ve left the farm and are glad to make Haw Creek their new headquarters with our warehouse just a few minutes away on Swannanoa River Rd.

Sugar Hollow Solar’s mission is to help neighbors transition to clean, affordable energy through installing solar panels, battery backup, EV chargers, and more. Founded by two cousins, Phelps Clarke & Doug Ager, the organization was recently voted best solar installer in WNC by Mountain Express readers and are proud to be known for their honesty, reliability, and expertise.

If you’re curious about solar for your home or business, please reach out for a free quote. Sugar Hill Solar is offering anyone in the Haw Creek neighborhood $500 off of a solar system and will work with you to design the perfect system to meet your needs.

The Haw Creek Community Association is pleased to welcome Fox and Crowe and Sugar Hollow Solar to our Haw Creek community.

Honoring Good Neighbors Ron and Joan Chancellor

Good Neighbor Award to Ron Chancellor

The traffic circle on North Pershing Rd. is once again blooming thanks to the kindness of Haw Creek’s own Ron Chancellor. He and his landscaping crew plant and maintain the flower garden as a way “to say thank you to my neighbors and my landscaping customers,” according to Ron.

As in years past, they spent last weekend planting flowers for the community to enjoy. Ron was helped by his wife, Joan, and son, Ronnie Issac. Danny Mitchell, Frederick Buykin, Anthony Littlejohn, Kent Mosley and Shirnell Lankford also assisted with the job.

The Haw Creek Community Association salutes Ron and his team for being good neighbors helping to beautify our community.

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: 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.