Elk Knob State Park Asset Development
In 2015, ATP students will work with Elk Knob State Park. Broadly, the project's development goals are to create programming and other assets that honor the natural and cultural heritage of the area, bring new visitors to the park, enhance the experience for repeat visitors, and build assets that support sustainable development in Western North Carolina.
Local residents view Elk Knob State Park as an asset for attracting new residents and tourists but are worried that unplanned tourism development will threaten the unique character of the communities in the area. ATP students will coordinate with park staff to (1) establish a sustainable framework for a monthly "music jam" event to attract visitors to the park; (2) coordinate art installations for selected park trails as a means to add value to existing park assets; (3) identify and coordinate human and logistical assets for event planning related to the 2016 centennial celebrations of the North Carolina park system. These goals are consistent with local development needs and the long-term work of ASU's Center for Appalachia Studies in this community.
Mr. Thomas S. Hansell
Center for Appalachian Studies
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32018
Boone, NC 28608
Telephone: (828) 262-4089