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!

City of Asheville Greenway and Sidewalk Survey

Lucy Crown, the City of Asheville’s greenway coordinator, has asked the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (CAN) to help promote a survey, gathering public input into updating the City’s Greenway Plan, ADA Transition Plan, and Pedestrian Plan.

 This combined planning process, known as the Close the GAP, will identify a network of the pedestrian, greenway, and accessibility networks for our community as well as programs and policies to support it.

The Close the GAP survey addresses sidewalks and greenways in Asheville. It also has questions related to a new initiative for natural surface trails (aka dirt trails) in Asheville, called “Asheville Unpaved

To take the survey, please click on this link:

The survey will be live until Dec. 31.

Please take this survey if you’re interested in more and better sidewalks and greenways within Asheville city limits. The City recommends watching an overview presentation found on the Close the Gap webpage, before taking the survey.

The link to that presentation is

CAN encourages public input into all City of Asheville’s initiatives that could help build better neighborhoods.



Patrick Gilbert

Vice President, Government Relations

Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods


Hello Neighbors!

We’ve all had our noses to the grindstone to pick our way through this long year … but the next few evenings give us every reason to look up and perk up! Our long-time Haw Creek neighbor and “resident astronomer”, Bernard Arghiere, sent a reminder about a celestial planetary event not seen as closely positioned since 1623.

Starting this evening, December 17, you can watch the “Great Conjunction” of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, joined by a bright crescent moon -but you’ll have to get away from city lights.  The Haw Creek Overlook on the Parkway gives you the necessary south-west orientation, and the closest the planets will come to each other is on December 21st, coinciding with the Winter Solstice. Go around sunset time (by 7:15 p.m. the planets will be too near the horizon), bump into some of your neighbors, and get uplifted by an event that no one has seen as closely in the past 400 years!

Please read Bernard’s informative article about this event at this link.

See you at the Overlook!

Asheville’s Proposed New Noise Ordinance: A Call to Action

by Patrick Gilbert

The City of Asheville has released its draft Noise Ordinance, and it is asking for public comment, before making any further changes and presenting it to the City Council in the Spring.

Haw Creek residents are fortunate in that, unlike those in West Asheville, downtown, North Montford, and other neighborhoods, we’re relatively unharmed by excessive noise disturbance from bars, large construction projects or large outdoor music venues–for now.

But as the City embarks on implementing urban centers and other large mixed-use high-density projects along the major corridors, such as Tunnel Rd, that could easily and quickly change.

It will be easier to advocate changes to protect the quality of life of all residential neighborhoods now, than it will be once an ordinance is in place.

The City has extended its public input until Monday, Dec. 14. Click here to get to the City’s Noise Ordinance page, scroll down to the bar and find the Feedback Form.

Additionally, here

is the link to a handy guide created by the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods that shows the key issues of the draft Noise Ordinance and sample language to use in your feedback comments.


2020 Holiday Cheer!

While the pandemic limits many activities, one that remains this holiday season is enjoying holiday lights displays. In Haw Creek some neighbors have stepped up big-time.

Two categories worthy of note:

Best street for holiday lights: Ozark Spring Lane (off Bell Rd) Beautiful displays and broad participation. Well done!

Clark Griswold Award for Individual Achievement: 893 New Haw Creek Rd has high wattage fun visible from the space station

If you know another address in zip 28805 worthy of recognition, please let us know.


Community members have expressed interest in increasing recreational opportunities in the area, we are meeting to discuss building a bicycle pump track in Haw Creek Park.

This message is your invitation to attend this important community meeting, in order to find out more about this proposal, ask questions and participate in the discussion,

Please join us:

November 21st at 11 AM

We will meet at the pavilion of Haw Creek Park, 40 Avon Rd.

Rain or shine.

Social distancing measures will be applied.

We hope you can join us. For any inquiries beforehand you can call Ofri at 917-566 5238

Example of a pump track:

Ice Cream For Democracy Sat Sept 5th

Indivisible Avl is hosting an ICE CREAM FOR DEMOCRACY event this Labor Day Saturday, September 5th, 1-2:30 p.m. with the Sweet Ride Asheville ice cream truck. The spot is at Rendezvous Restaurant parking lot, 184 New Haw Creek Road. Just follow the signs. Turn left at the west entrance to Haw Creek and Rendezvous is on the right.

Indivisible Avl will be distributing non partisan information about voter registration and mail-in ballots, as well giving out free ice cream treats for the kids (adults must pay, sigh…) What’s better than ice cream on Labor Day weekend?

Learn more at:

Please consider volunteering Saturday, September 5th! Volunteers, please fill out this short form, indicating the times you can be available:

All volunteers will be safe and socially distanced.

Special thanks to Rendezvous,, our local French comfort food restaurant, for making their space available for this important community effort!

City of Asheville Volunteers Needed

The city is looking for people to fill out vacancies on various boards and commissions.  If you’d like to serve your city, review the list below and reach out using the info in the attached pdf.

September Appointment Flyer_2020<- Click here!

Unless otherwise stated, the application deadline for these vacancies is Friday, September 11 at 5:00 P.M. Unless otherwise stated, the Council is scheduled to make appointments at the September 22 Council meeting.

ROOT DOWN FOOD TRUCK in Haw Creek this SATURDAY, JULY 25th, 4-7 pm

The ROOT DOWN food truck, with its southern comfort/Creole cuisine, was voted Asheville’s Best Food Truck 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and it was listed in Southern Living Magazine as one of the South’s Top 10 Food Trucks.  They’ll be  right around the corner  at Haw Creek Commons (315 Old Haw Creek Road) on Saturday from 4 – 7 PM.

Below is their menu for the event, along with the TEXT TO ORDER AHEAD information, so make a plan to NOT cook on Saturday!

This is our 10th week of bringing food trucks into Haw Creek, and we appreciate all the hard-working, creative local “chefs-on-wheels” who have done such a great job feeding us!!!!





Hi, neighbors … by popular request, the Gypsy Queen food truck is coming back to Haw Creek this Saturday!

The truck will be at the Haw Creek Commons, 315 Old Haw Creek Road, from 4 – 7 PM.

Take a look at Suzy’s mouth-watering menu, and forget about cooking for a night! You can view the menu just below this post. Please note that pre-orders need to be placed between noon and no later than 4 PM on Saturday only.

These weekly food truck events are sponsored by the Haw Creek Community Association. Please remember: masks keep us all safe!