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Ask 13: Who's responsible for cleaning Oklawaha Greenway?

"I am wondering why the city of Hendersonville has allowed the section of the Oklawaha Greenway from 64 towards Jackson Park to get in such a mess," Deanne McCollum wrote to Ask 13. "All the rest of the path is so nice, what's up with this part?" (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A popular walking and biking trail in Hendersonville has developed a rough spot. The trail is called the Oklawaha Greenway, but one section is actually brown with mud.

The problem is the greenway runs through a wetland area, and one section has become a muddy mess.

"I am wondering why the city of Hendersonville has allowed the section of the Oklawaha Greenway from 64 towards Jackson Park to get in such a mess," Deanne McCollum wrote to Ask 13. "All the rest of the path is so nice, what's up with this part?"

The section she's talking about has been flooded a few times with all the recent heavy rains. And when it dries out, workers push the mud and sediment into piles along the trail.

Most of the greenway is within Hendersonville city limits and stays dry for the most part. But the section near Jackson Park is actually outside the city and the responsibility of Henderson County.

Business and Community Director John Mitchell the county knows it's a problem and help is on the way.

"Well, it is important to us. In fact, the commissioners directed us to seek grant funding to find a way to elevate or alleviate this problem," Mitchell said. "We were successful. Good news. We received a $40,000 grant from the French Broad River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization."

Mitchell said that grant money will allow the county to begin a study into how to best fix the flooding problem.

Right now, workers pile up the mud and haul it away after every heavy storm. But once the study is completed in January, county officials will start looking for more grant money to find a more permanent solution.

Mitchell said, in the meantime, the county will try its best to stay on top of the messy situation. But because it's a wetland, sometimes it takes a while for everything to dry out so workers can safely get equipment into the area to clean it up..

He promises a more permanent fix is on the way.

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