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Bike skills park to be built at Richmond Hill Park

  Construction will soon begin on a new bike skills park located within Richmond Hill Park (see concept map and skills board below).   The project is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department and Pisgah Area Southern Offroad Biking Association (Pisgah Area SORBA). This addition to the park is a natural surface [...]

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Asheville parking garages to resume fee collection with a modified system

   While parking has been free in City of Asheville parking garages since March 18, a modified fee system will resume Aug. 1.   On March 18, following the State and Local State of Emergency declarations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City waived all parking fees in order to support convenient access to goods and [...]

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City of Asheville shares FAQ about hotel development revisions

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Hotel Development Survey.  We appreciate your Input!  Here are the answers to many of the questions that were  raised in the survey. Frequently Asked Questions Can the city ban hotels permanently? If someone does not like a particular land use or perceives a use to have negative impacts this does [...]

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Solar energy systems to be installed on City of Asheville facilities as part of joint City-County renewable energy initiative

  On July 28, Asheville City Council approved the construction of onsite solar systems at five (5) City facilities. The five Asheville City sites are Wall Street Parking Deck, Burton Street Community Center, Shiloh Recreation Center, Fire Station 10 and Fire Station 11.    Collectively, this project will install a combined total of 259 kW of solar photovoltaic [...]

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City of Asheville clarifies issue regarding upcoming Council vacancy

  Local law does not allow for a special election in this case   The City of Asheville recently released information regarding an upcoming City Council vacancy.  This will follow the upcoming resignation of Council Member Vijay Kapoor, who will be relocating outside of Asheville.  In response to media inquiries, a memo about filling Council vacancies from the City [...]

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City of Asheville receives 2020 Center for Accountability leadership award

    The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of the Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) Organizational Leadership Award. This award, presented to an organization, recognizes outstanding applications of a systems approach to performance measurement that resulted in a culture change, sustained improvements and demonstrated positive [...]

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Applicants invited to apply for Asheville City Council vacancy

    The City of Asheville operates under a council-manager form of government. The Asheville City Council establishes the City’s policies and appoints the City Manager, who oversees day-to-day city operations and executes Council-established laws and policies.  The City Council also ensures the entire community is being served.   The City Council is made up of a mayor and [...]

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ART bus COVID-19 service reminders

  On July 14, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina would remain in Phase II of re-opening until August 7. COVID-19 continues to impact Asheville Rides Transit service. Buses continue to have a 9-passenger limit, and Young Transportation is assisting with overload routes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Our procedure for full buses: ·         When buses reach the 9-passenger [...]

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Public invited to submit final questions as North Fork Dam improvement nears completion

   In a continued effort to prevent significant damage in the event of a natural disaster (flood or earthquake), and to meet the regulatory standards and design requirements set by North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Dam Safety Division, the City of Asheville, in conjunction with consultants from Schnabel Engineering, identified and implemented proactive improvement measures [...]

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Asheville reparations resolution is designed to provide Black community access to the opportunity to build wealth

    By Nia Davis Asheville Office of Equity and Inclusion   Rep·a·ra·tion /ˌrepəˈrāSH(ə)n/- “The making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.”    Reparations has long been a hot-button topic that even the mention of it brings impassioned jubilation, overwhelming concern, or somewhere in [...]