Asheville Parks & Recreation adds space to park system, announces exploration of a partnership with Carolina Day School

During these extraordinary times, more and more Asheville-area residents are spending time in the great outdoors, often in public parks and recreational facilities. Today, the City of Asheville and Carolina Day School (CDS) announce two exciting initiatives that will positively impact the Asheville community: the purchase of land by the City of Asheville for a [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces ribbon cutting for Jake Rusher Park

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to welcome the community to the newly renovated Jake Rusher Park!   A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. July 24 followed by fun, games and activities in the park until noon.    Extensive community input informed the improvements to the park. The upgrades include new parking, [...]

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 Contractors to begin resurfacing Asheville streets, improving your driving experience

Asheville’s streets keep getting better, thanks to investments in annual resurfacing coupled with the bond program.   Two downtown streets will be resurfaced this year as part of the bond program. They include Carolina Lane and Langren Alley. Both alleys have been identified as beneficial pedestrian corridors and this resurfacing will improve the surface for both vehicular [...]

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City of Asheville shares update on completed Transportation bond projects

Part 2 of a 3-part series.   Three enhanced pedestrian crossings with flashing signals have been installed on the newly resurfaced State Street in West Asheville. It’s not just that the bond program paved the way for more street resurfacing — the $32 million in transportation bonds approved by voters in 2016 allowed the [...]

City of Asheville shares update on completed Parks bond projects

In 2016, the Asheville community approved a $17 million general obligation bond for park projects. The park bond funding has supported major improvements to parks and recreation facilities throughout the city and will fund future land acquisitions for parks. We are excited to share our progress and accomplishments with you! 

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Richmond Hill Park bond project completed

Asheville Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the completion of another bond project that enriches the quality of life in our community.  Construction is complete on a new community picnic shelter and restroom facility at Richmond Hill Park, 280 Richmond Hill Drive.  Key features of this project include a covered picnic shelter, winterized restrooms, an [...]

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Stormwater project to close portion of Kenilworth Road; resurfacing begins as well

  ART bus service to the Kenilworth community will be affected   Pending weather, the City of Asheville Stormwater Division will close Kenilworth Road from Rosefield Drive to 30 feet north of Rosefield Drive beginning July 6 for three weeks.    The work will entail installation of a large pipe replacement in this area. Residents can expect a hard closure [...]

Asheville Community and Economic Development disperses over $3 million to local businesses during COVID-19

The City of Asheville may not be open physically, but City Staff are working hard to ensure that projects are moving forward and businesses are supported. As an example, the Community Development Division (CD), in partnership with the City’s Finance Department, has disbursed over $3 million to local businesses and nonprofits [...]

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Closures coming up for pre-resurfacing construction on two street bond projects

  Short-term pain for long-term gain. Please keep that in mind during road closures coming up for two transportation bond projects. In March, the City of Asheville shared information regarding a general construction schedule for the Kenilworth Road and State Street bond projects. (Find that announcement at this link.) Now we’re getting closer [...]

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City of Asheville employees continue to serve our community during time of social distancing for COVID-19 safety

    City  of Asheville employees continue to work during the COVID-19 public health emergency, serving you, our residents. All essential police, fire, sanitation, transit and water services are being maintained as we continue to serve and protect this community, even in this difficult time. Other employees have transitioned to a telecommuting workstation from home, where work in [...]

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Kenilworth and State Street bond projects move to construction phase, along with Old Toll Road repair

    Spring’s warmer weather brings not only longer days — it jumpstarts the City of Asheville’s ability to make sidewalk repairs in preparation for paving season. After a rainy winter that hampered Public Works installations, such as on stormwater systems, contractors are mobilizing for work on two major thoroughfares as part of the bond projects. Another project [...]

Asheville City Council approves greenway contracts for projects to be built this year

  Two greenway projects got a green light from Asheville City Council this week. At their Feb. 25, meeting Council approved execution of contracts for: The Elsie’s Bridge Greenway Connector Project; and  Construction of a Reed Creek Greenway Extension.   The Council action paves the way for both projects to happen this [...]