Asheville Muni golf course, greenways, WNC nature center seek funding

Phoenix, the WNC Nature Center's male red panda, poses for a photo.

ASHEVILLE – The Asheville Municipal Golf Course, Swannanoa Greenway and the WNC Nature Center are among four local institutions that could see significant capital funding following the city’s $ 7.8 million grant request to the Buncombe County Tourism Authority.

With about $ 15 million dedicated to major tourism projects in Buncombe County through the TDA’s Tourism Product Development Fund, the city is seeking the funding to meet repair, renovation and construction needs for four area projects.

It’s what City Manager Debra Campbell called “going back to basics” at the May 24 City Council meeting.

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Some much-needed love for a historic Asheville golf course, the first phase of a long-awaited greenway, a new gateway to a sprawling 42-acre zoo, and the transformation of Coxe Avenue into a green street – these are existing infrastructure asks Campbell said the city needs to maintain.

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