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A Park for the People

by Ann Self

The Village Green is a wide-open gathering place and a unique natural oasis in the heart of Cashiers.

The Village Green is a park for the people.

In 1992, the founders saved two acres at the crossroads of Highways 64 and 107 in Cashiers from commercial development. The Village Green was established with the mission to preserve and enhance the land for civic, spiritual, academic, recreational and cultural activities. More than 25 years later, The Village Green encompasses more than 13 acres and is the emerald heart of the community.

The Village Green attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Village Green provides a window into pleasurable pursuits and traditions that make Cashiers unique. The park is a gathering place for people of all ages, origins and economic backgrounds. People come from all over the region to enjoy the gardens, walking paths and trails, amazing public art and the expansive children’s playground. The Village Green invites both leisurely walks and intense workouts; quiet places to picnic and read; settings to celebrate with friends and family; and a variety of popular concerts, festivals, lecture series and other community events.

Equally significant from a conservation perspective, The Village Green serves as a natural oasis. The park is an important environment to cultivate native plants and pollinators. It also provides a respite for migrating nesting birds. It truly is an integrated ecosystem where humans and nature interact.

The Village Green is a vital asset that strengthens the village charm of Cashiers. The Village Green is a public park that is privately conserved and operated by a nonprofit organization. The Village Green depends on donations and volunteers to maintain the park for everyone to enjoy. For more information about The Village Green including a calendar of special events, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com.

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