City of Asheville offices to close for Juneteenth Observance – Monday, June 20, 2022

On June 20, 2022  Asheville City offices will be closed in observance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth, officially observed each year on June 19,  marks the day in 1865 when enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free, marking the end of slavery in the United States. Congress [...]

Recreation Park Pool opens on Saturday following repairs

  Asheville Parks & Recreation today announced that resurfacing and other preventative repairs have been completed at Recreation Park Pool and it will open for the season on Saturday, June 11.   UPDATE 6/11/2022 – Recreation Park Pool is temporarily closed due to broken glass found in the water. The pool needs to be drained, [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meeting: June 6, 2022

  The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. The task of the Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City, County, and other participating community [...]

City of Asheville announces temporary Community Center hours to allow for staff training

The summer fun is about to begin!     To ensure the best program experience and safety is afforded to all community members, some of the City of Asheville Community Centers will experience a slight schedule change the week of June 6, 2022  to allow for staff training.    This is a planned training session for staff working our sold [...]

Splasheville scheduled to open Saturday, Pritchard Park closes next week for repairs, and other Asheville Parks & Recreation updates

Asheville Parks & Recreation has completed repairs and enhancements to Splasheville in Pack Square Park and plans to open the popular splash pad on Saturday, June 4. At the same time, the department announces a planned closure of Pritchard Park for repair to its iconic brickwork. Updates on additional [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation offers free and low-cost summer fun throughout the city

“Like many of you, I look back fondly on fun memories made over the summers of my life meeting new friends at summer day camps, discovering new interests by exploring the green space and waterway at my local neighborhood park, and gaining professional experience working at my community center pool.” So begins the welcome letter [...]

City of Asheville offices close for Memorial Day holiday; Sanitation and ART buses run on holiday schedule

The City of Asheville offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, May 30, a federally designated holiday that honors military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.     Here is a roundup of other City services affected by this holiday, as well as [...]

City of Asheville says farewell to one of the last manual elevators in North Carolina

It’s an icon of the last century,  City Hall’s last manual elevator.  One of the last of its kind in North Carolina, the City honored Asheville’s past throughout the restoration, undertaking the task of making the bank of three elevator cabs safe, modernized,  and ready to face the next century.  Caretakers of our community’s past Asheville City Hall [...]

City of Asheville announces upcoming construction work on Carter, S. Ann and Patton (CAPS) this summer

  The City of Asheville Public Works Stormwater Division will be launching construction on a project to improve stormwater drainage in the areas of Carter St, S. Ann St and Patton Ave summer of 2022.   The project will bring much needed flood and run-off relief to the area, as well as allowing the City to undertake general [...]

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