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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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Asheville City Council clears way for automated water metering system

  Coming your way in 2021: smart water meters. At their Sept. 22 meeting, Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with Cavanaugh and Associates to develop, facilitate and complete the Request for Proposals process for selection of an “advanced metering infrastructure system.”      That’s a mouthful but what it means is that the [...]

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Asheville Fire investigators awarded FEMA grant for tools and protective equipment

  Asheville Fire investigators will have more tools to dig into debris to determine the origin and cause of fires under a FEMA grant accepted by Asheville City Council during their Sept. 22 meeting.   The FEMA’s Fire Prevention & Safety Grant will provide specialized equipment for AFD’s Fire Marshal investigators, such as mobile software for documentation (iPads), [...]

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First step budget recommendations for Reimagining Public Safety in Asheville will be presented during Sept. 22 City Council meeting

Information from the consultant’s report about the Asheville community listening sessions and from the City’s online questionnaire were used to inform this first round of budget recommendations to be made at the Sept. 22 City Council meeting.   These recommendations are only the beginning of the effort to re-imagine the delivery of public safety [...]

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Vance Monument Taskforce plans community engagement for October

  The joint City-County Vance Monument Taskforce has begun its work of exploring options for removing, repurposing, or making alterations to the Vance Monument, as charged in a joint resolution by the City of Asheville and Buncombe County.   With six members appointed by the City of Asheville and six members appointed by Buncombe [...]

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Asheville launches affordable housing initiative shaped by Harvard research 

  Program is designed to help landlords make providing affordable housing more feasible   Twenty-five landlords in Asheville now have a chance to be part of an innovative solution to the affordable housing crisis in our area.      Thrive Asheville, an initiative of UNC Asheville that brings together local community advocates, policymakers, and professionals from diverse perspectives to find equitable solutions [...]

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WNC Nature Center to reopen Oct. 5

  Pre-opening for members only begins Sept. 28   The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation department is very pleased to announce the reopening of the WNC Nature Center to the general public on Oct. 5.   Visitors will notice a few changes since their last visit. To ensure the safety of the public, staff, and the resident animals that [...]

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Asheville holds virtual meetings for City Council candidate interviews and regular Council meeting

Due to the State and locally declared States of Emergency, there will be no public attendance at City Council meetings. While we are Staying Safer at Home, City Council still wants you to have the opportunity to participate in the decisions of your government. On September 8, City Council will hold City [...]

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Asheville Sanitation, ART bus schedules altered for Labor Day holiday

  City of Asheville government will be closed Sept. 7 for Labor Day. City facilities remain closed to the public at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though some parks have reopened.   During this public health emergency, City employees have continued their work, some in the field, such as in sanitation, water, transit, fire and police, [...]

City of Asheville Capital Projects Department launches two surveys on upcoming sidewalk improvements

Beginning Sept. 1, the City of Asheville is looking to engage residents on two sidewalk improvement projects. While the survey does not ask for preferences on the design, the comments collected will help staff understand nearby residents’ needs and concerns.    The sidewalk improvements will take place in east and west Asheville. The Capital Projects Department proposes [...]