Wilma Dykeman Greenway skaters and bicyclists
Skaters and bicyclists enjoy an afternoon on on the Wilma Dykeman Greenway, where they are often joined by families with children and dogs.

Construction work for The River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) will be complete in days, and it’s time for us to celebrate as a community! Grand Opening celebrations, including the official dedication of the first section of the Wilma Dykeman Greenway, will occur over a month long period from Earth Day to just after Wilma Dykeman‘s Birthday- April 22 to May 22, 2021.

Preliminary Calendar of Events 

Save the Date: Grand Opening Online Get Together at noon on Friday April 23, 2021- registration link will be up on this site Monday April 19.




A few upcoming festivities from the calendar we don’t want you to miss:

  • Happening NOW: Call for submissions for French Broad River online Art Exhibition– Hosted and sponsored by UNC Asheville, top 3 best in show each get a $100 Honorarium from the City’s Public Art Program. Go here for details on how to submit photos of your artwork.
  • Thursday April 22nd- Official opening of the newly-named Wilma Dykeman Greenway
  • Friday April 23rd at noon– join the Mayor of Asheville and friends from across organizations at an online get together via Remo (registration link coming Monday April 19). We’ll hear about the value of this project, enjoy musical performances by local musicians, and get a chance to thank community and our funding partners (and did you know that half of this $35 million project was paid for by grants?)
  • Starting Friday April 23-Micro Free Art Galleries sponsored by River Arts District Artists. Visitors can find – and take home – a free piece of art from a RADA artist at 4 micro galleries along the greenway (there are an additional 4 near studios in the district). Galleries are replenished weekly.

What is the RADTIP?

The RADTIP major construction project to re-build the transportation network along the east side of the French Broad River in the River Arts District. It is the centerpiece of a larger, decade-long effort with community to renovate the greater River Arts District so that it supports its businesses, residents, artists, and the larger Asheville community’s vision as adopted in the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Master Plan. We used the transportation focus as a springboard to reconfigure unsafe road intersections for better traffic flow, create a multi-use path along the river, build a new stormwater management network including 2 constructed wetlands for stormwater management, upgrade the area’s power transmission network, provide wide sidewalks for pedestrians, add bike lanes including the City’s first protected bike lane (Lyman Street section), add almost 200 new public parking spaces, provide about 9 acres of new parkland  and several new pieces of public art.  Funding partners include the US DOT, Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, the NCDOT, NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and the City of Asheville.

For construction related questions about the RADTIP contact Dustin Clemens.

For questions about the history of the City’s riverfront investments or about the grand opening contact

Stephanie Dahl, Strategic Design and Development Manager, Planning and Urban Design



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