Asheville City offices to close for MLK Jr. Day, ART buses will run on a holiday schedule

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Asheville City government offices will be closed Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is a look at City services affected by this holiday.


Trash and recycling

Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation Services will run on schedule. Residential trash and recycling will be collected as normal on Jan. 18. The City’s Sanitation Services office will be closed Jan. 18 but residents that may need assistance  can call the City’s customer service line at 828-251-1122.


ART bus service

The City of Asheville ART service routes and facilities will operate on a reduced holiday schedule, which is the same as the Sunday schedule (see schedule posted below). Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of six days ART runs on a reduced holiday schedule. For more route information or service alerts, visit


Parks & Recreation

City parks will be open regular hours as will the Asheville Golf Course, Asheville Skate Park and the Western North Carolina Nature Center. 

Recreation and community centers are being used as Learning Pods in partnership with Asheville City Schools and are currently closed to the public.

Riverside Cemetery gates will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cemetery office will be closed.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance goes virtual

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations will be virtual in Asheville this year, due to the pandemic. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County has a calendar of events running from Jan. 15-19.

Visit for details.


Emergency response and water-related issues

Water Resources staff will be available for water-related emergencies 24 hours a day over the holiday weekend. Customers can call the customer service line at 828-251-1122 to report water related emergencies, leaks, breaks, and no water calls.

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.