Who’s up this week on What’s Up AVL

What’s Up AVL! The City of Asheville’s bi-monthly radio show gives the community the chance to take a deep dive with City of Asheville staff and departments. Learn about different departments and what projects are taking place in your community. This week, the City of Asheville sits down with newly appointed Sustainability Director Bridget Herring [...]

Therapeutic Recreation team brings fun and independence to community

Asheville Parks & Recreation oversees many specialized programs to harness the transformative power of outdoor spaces, cultural arts, and active living for all members of our community. Throughout the years, the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Program has offered many opportunities for inclusive and adaptive activities to locals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Celebrating Black Legacy Month – Asheville Parks & Recreation parks and playgrounds remember local historic residents

Asheville City Council has named February as Black Legacy Month to celebrate the significant contributions of Black and African American people in relation to the city’s past, present, and future. Last week, Asheville Parks & Recreation highlighted community centers named in honor of prominent Black community [...]

Celebrating Black Legacy Month – Asheville Parks & Recreation community centers remember local historic residents

Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 55 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and courts, and community centers that offer programs related to wellness, education, and culture for Ashevillians [...]

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell names Rachel Wood as Assistant City Manager

    After a national search, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that Rachel Wood will become Asheville’s next Assistant City Manager. Her first day on the job will be January 24.   Wood comes to the City of Asheville from Denton, Texas, where she has served in a number of roles, most recently as Deputy Director [...]

City of Asheville employee receives national heroism award for saving man from possible suicide

  Even though he was on the job, Anthony “Buzz” Brown couldn’t just drive by when he saw a man about to jump off of a bridge on Sand Hill Road onto I-40 earlier this year. The longtime Leak Detection Technician for Asheville Water Resources stopped, turned his truck around, and engaged the [...]

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell names new Parks & Recreation Director

  After a national search, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that D. Tyrell McGirt will become  Asheville’s next Parks & Recreation Director. McGirt succeeds Roderick Simmons, who retired earlier this year, after 14 years with the City. His first day on the job will be January 24.   McGirt comes to Asheville from his latest [...]

Historic Resources Commission honors two volunteers for restoring and caring for the South Asheville Cemetery

    Each year, the Historic Resources Commission awards an individual or individuals in the community who by word or deed has kindled among the citizenry of Asheville and Buncombe County an appreciation for the history or historic resources of the area. The Historic Resources Commission is pleased to honor this year’s recipients, George Taylor and George [...]

City Manager names David Zack as Asheville Police Chief

  After an extensive national search, Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell is happy to announce that David Zack will become the city’s next Chief of Police, effective Feb. 4.   Chief Zack has served as Police Chief of Cheektowaga, N.Y., for nine years and brings over 30 years of police experience. Cheektowaga is similar in size to Asheville [...]

Aston Park tennis court to be named for Lewis Isaac

  A fixture on the Asheville tennis scene and former City employee will be recognized for his dedication to both.   At their Sept. 10 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to name Court 1 at Aston Park Tennis Center, 336 Hilliard Ave., in memory of the late Lewis Isaac.   Isaac was a longtime City of Asheville employee. Following his [...]

City Manager Debra Campbell names Chris Bailey as Asheville’s next Police Chief

  After a national search informed by robust input from our local community, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that Chris Bailey will become Asheville’s next Police Chief.   Bailey comes to the City of Asheville from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division. The [...]