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Asheville Parks & Recreation launches virtual grand opening of Richmond Hill Park

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to share this virtual grand opening of Richmond Hill Park, a bond project completed with funding approved by Asheville voters in 2016. Additional funding and support was also received through a partnership with Pisgah Area SORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Association) for the newly added [...]

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City of Asheville offers people at Riverbend Park encampment relocation to hotel

  In advance of the deadline to those illegally camping at Riverbend Park, the City of Asheville worked in partnership with Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness the evening of April 19 to relocate unsheltered people at the encampment to temporary housing at a local hotel.   Using federal funds anticipated from the American Rescue Plan, the City [...]

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City of Asheville employee’s compassion saves a life

  Reprinted from American Water Works Association   Carrying the sadness of losing a family member to suicide guided an Asheville Water Resources professional to reach out to a stranger he saw lingering at the edge of a highway overpass. The compassion of his action saved a life.   Anthony “Buzz” Brown was driving down Sand Hill Road in his truck [...]

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City of Asheville invites community to celebrate completion of River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project

    Spring is here and the City of Asheville’s largest piece of riverfront construction — the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) — is just about complete. It’s time to celebrate the past 10+ years of work that our community’s artists, businesses, nonprofit organizations and public institutions have done to transform this section of the [...]

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Window replacement and upgrades, concrete repairs coming to Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville

  Beginning in April, all windows around the concourse of the arena of Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville will be replaced and upgraded from single-pane to double-paned glass. The 1970s era windows in the facility are known to leak during heavy rains, are difficult to maintain and are not energy efficient. Upgrading to double-pane windows is [...]

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Tony McDowell named City of Asheville Director of Finance

    City Assistant Finance Director Tony McDowell has been named Director of Finance for the City of Asheville. City Manager Debra Campbell selected McDowell for the job, citing “his rich institutional knowledge in this important role.”    McDowell has served as the Interim Finance Department Director since January following the departure of former City CFO Barbara Whitehorn, who [...]

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City of Asheville to identify and document architectural history and character of Burton Street neighborhood

  The Department of Planning and Urban Design is excited to be working with the leadership of the Burton Street Neighborhood Association to identify, document and share information about the history and character defining architecture and streetscapes of the Burton Street neighborhood.    The idea for this project emerged from the I-26 Connector Burton Street Mitigation Working Group, [...]

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City of Asheville to donate funds from class action lawsuit to two local organizations

  The City of Asheville will make significant donations to two local nonprofits as part of a legal settlement to disperse funds acquired prior to a 2018 class action lawsuit involving the City’s capital fee collected as part of the combined utility statement.   The lawsuit claimed that property developers had paid these fees to [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold budget work session prior to April 13 meeting 

    For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain virtual at this time. That includes the April 13 City Council meeting.  In addition to the 5 p.m. meeting Council will hold a 2:30 p.m. budget work session.   April 13 will be the third budget work session for the 2021-2022 budget. The [...]

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Asheville Police: ‘Be A Connection’ for children during Child Abuse Prevention Month

  The Asheville Police Department along with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) realize the importance of caring connections, supportive environments, and positive experiences for all children and families during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.    April is a time to help community members learn the important role they play in fostering safe, stable, nurturing relationships and [...]

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City of Asheville hosts business training

This April, the City of Asheville Business Inclusion Office will conduct three free training sessions to help local businesses learn how to work on local government contracts. These training sessions will be facilitated by the A-B Tech Small Business Center and take place from April 13-15.    Training 1: Is Doing Business with Government Right for My [...]