Sports and creativity foster friendships during Senior Games and SilverArts

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) challenges community members to make 2023 a record breaking year for Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and SilverArts. The weeks-long festival celebrates the transformative ability of sports and the arts to foster friendship and wellness. There is a $10 fee to participate and online registration opens Feb. 6 at [...]

Community invited to provide input on potential use of HOME-ARP funding to address homelessness

The City of Asheville, as the Participating Jurisdiction for the four-county Asheville Regional Housing Consortium, is seeking public input to inform and prioritize use of a one-time $4.7 million allocation of HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding, known as “HOME-ARP,” is [...]

Park Views: A Brief History of Asheville’s Public Parks

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) manages a unique and evolving collection of parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, greenways, sports fields and courts, resting areas, and community centers that offer a variety of programs for Ashevillians of all ages. [...]

The City of Asheville congratulates Shangri-La Industries and Step Up on Second Street on the groundbreaking of supportive housing for homeless population 

December 13, Shangri-La Industries and Step Up, with the support of the City of Asheville, broke ground on the former Ramada, providing 113 units of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in Asheville.                                                [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Develop an attitude of gratitude

As Thanksgiving Day arrives, many people start thinking about the word thanksgiving. It means the act of expressing grateful appreciation or thankfully reflecting on gifts, situations, or people that have brought benefits to your quality of life. Essentially, it’s an affirmation of goodness. Although it’s endearing to nostalgically think back on sources of goodness, expressing gratitude [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County announce public engagement opportunities and events to inform the Pack Square Plaza Visioning Project

The public is invited to learn more about the Pack Square Plaza Visioning Project and to provide input that helps create a shared vision for the future of the area.  The public is invited to help shape the future of Western North Carolina’s most central civic space by attending one or more special engagement events for [...]

Dual lines to be added at all public outdoor racquet sports courts as short-term solution to support local growth of pickleball and tennis

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) today announced all outdoor hard surface public tennis courts maintained by the City of Asheville will become dual-lined, converting them to shared use courts to support local growth of pickleball and tennis. This plan preserves APR’s inventory of 11 public tennis courts and increases public pickleball courts [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation hosts Flapjacks & Feedback to share Walton Street Park updates

Southside residents and regular Walton Street Park visitors are invited to a free pancake breakfast to share thoughts on design preferences for the park’s facelift. Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) team members will be on hand with surveys and information during Flapjacks & Feedback on Saturday, November 12, from 10:30 a.m. until [...]

City of Asheville announces projects funded by BCTDA Tourism Product Development Fund

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce projects that have received funding from the BCTDA Tourism Product Development Fund. Funding was announced at the Tourism Development Authority Board meeting on October 26. All four of the city’s applications received funding, with the top three priorities receiving funding at 100% of the requested amount. [...]

Wellness Wednesday – Daylight Saving Time can help recharge your sleep pattern

“Hello darkness, my old friend. Soon you’ll come at 5 p.m.” Is that how the lyrics go? The twice-yearly ritual of adjusting our clocks by an hour returns this weekend.  Daylight saving time (DST) in North Carolina officially begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March when clocks are set ahead by one hour [...]

The City announces November and December artist schedule of Art in the Heart and opportunities to engage

  A new line up of Art in the Heart artworks and experiences will be in Pack Square Plaza for November and December 2022. A final schedule for January-March artists will be released subsequently. To learn more about the artists and their projects, please visit ashevillenc.gov/artintheheart.    Images and videos of completed projects have been, and will [...]

City Council adopts Close the GAP Plan during October 25, 2022 meeting

Asheville City Council at the October 25, 2022 meeting, adopted the Close the GAP Plans.  There are 3 plans, done at the same time in order to strengthen the pedestrian network. The plans are the City of Asheville’s existing Greenway (G), ADA Transition (A), and Pedestrian (P) plans.  The planning process began [...]

Department of Planning and Urban Design releases Burton Street Architectural Survey

Over the past several years, City staff has been working closely with the Burton Street Community Association to aid in implementation of the Burton Street Neighborhood Plan, which was approved by City Council in 2018. The plan outlines goals and strategies aimed at preserving neighborhood character, among other priorities for the neighborhood. [...]

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