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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 responds to Aston Park encampment; Shelter provided for homeless still at site

Statement from  Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball, April 16, 2021: Today was the end of the seven day notice for those who were illegally camping at Aston Park. City staff along with Homeward Bound has been continuously working with these individuals to provide support and shelter options since safety concerns were identified at the camp. It is [...]

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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 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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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 [...]

Registration opens for 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition
Registration opens for 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is proud to present the 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition in partnership with Buncombe County, the YMCA and Black Mountain Parks & Recreation.   The games will be held April 19 through May 19 and feature a hybrid format of both in-person and virtual events.  All in-person competitions will be [...]

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Updated details announced for Asheville City Council retreat

  Asheville City Council will hold a retreat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 on the Arena Floor of Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville,  87 Haywood St.     During the retreat, Council members will first participate in team-building exercises aimed at strengthening understanding of each other as [...]

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Asheville Parks picnic shelter reservations reopen April 1

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is happy to announce that picnic shelter reservations will resume on April 1.  Rates begin at $40 per day and are available at 11 parks throughout the city.  All shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless reserved.  To reserve a shelter online, visit www.avlrec.com.   Under Gov. Roy [...]