City hires Dana Frankel as Downtown Development Specialist

In November 2015, Asheville City Council authorized a new Downtown Development Specialist position to provide the high level of coordination needed between City departments and downtown stakeholders. The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that Dana Frankel has been hired to fill this role. “The position will be the first point of contact for the downtown [...]

City of Asheville offices will be closed for Memorial Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department recreation centers will be closed. The following specialized recreation facilities will be open: City parks, the Riverside Cemetery, Asheville Golf Course, Food Lion Skate Park, Aston Park Tennis Center, Recreation Park [...]

Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony to be held in Pack Square Park

The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee for Veterans Affairs will host the annual Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green stage in Pack Square Park starting at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2016. Featured will be the award winning Fort Bragg North Carolina Ground Forces Band with musical performances before and after as [...]

City seeks proposals from developers for affordable housing on City land

The City of Asheville is seeking submittals from qualified developers to develop a City-owned parcel located at 338 Hilliard Avenue, currently in use but due to be vacated by the City’s Parks Maintenance Facility  by Jan. 1, 2017. The City is making this site available for a development of affordable multifamily rental housing. The Asheville City [...]

Asheville named one of 50 Invest Health cities by Reinvestment Fund and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The City of Asheville has been selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in the new Invest Health initiative. The innovative, national program brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities and aims to improve health in low-income neighborhoods. It will be implemented in 50 cities across the nation. “Invest [...]

Asheville Parks & Rec Movies in the Park begins

The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department launches the 2016 season of Movies in the Park, a free monthly movie series in Pack Square Park beginning May 8.  Children’s craft activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk on a giant screen on the Pack Square Park stage.   This month’s feature presentation [...]

City of Asheville announces Youth Leadership Academy’s incoming Class of 2016-2017

The City of Asheville has selected the incoming class of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA).   CAYLA, created in April 2007, places Asheville High School students in prestigious summer internships and offers ongoing leadership development throughout the academic year. The vast majority of CAYLA students will be the first in their families to attend [...]

Asheville firefighters to participate in free smoke alarm canvas Saturday

Red Cross volunteers, Asheville firefighters, AmeriCorps volunteers to install FREE smoke alarms and educate West Asheville residents on home fire prevention    Asheville firefighters, American Red Cross volunteers and AmeriCorps volunteers will spend Saturday, May 7, walking door-to-door installing free smoke alarms and distributing fire safety information to residents in neighborhoods surrounding Hall Fletcher Elementary School. They will [...]

Point-in-time count shows decrease in homelessness in Asheville-Buncombe

Access to affordable housing remains a challenge   On Jan. 27, 2016, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative conducted the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless families and individuals. Overall numbers of those experiencing homelessness in our community have decreased since last year: 509 persons reported in January 2016 as compared to 562 persons in January 2015, which represents a [...]

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