Asheville City Council passes FY23 budget with key investments in top priorities.

At its June 28 meeting Asheville City Council passed the City Managers recommended budget with a 6 to 1 vote.  The $217 million budget is based on internal work, community input and Council priorities, and reflects the long term strategies and continuation of the reimagining public safety process. 

City of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Reparations Commission meeting: June 27, 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 [...]

Community Reparations Commission meets Monday, June 27, 2022

The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission will take place 6:00 p.m.  Monday, June 27, 2022 at: The Buncombe County Government Building  200 College St First Floor Conference Room    The Commission meeting agenda will be posted as available. The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing [...]

FY22 Council Priority Accomplishments: Reimagining Public Safety

  As the City of Asheville works to prepare a proposed  fiscal year 2022-2023 budget, it’s a good time to pause, look back and assess the work and accomplishments towards the priorities of the past year.  Council Identified Priorities for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Reimaging Public Safety Utilization of ARPA Funding Reparations Employee Compensation    What is Reimagining Public Safety? Reimaging public safety means examining [...]

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 [...]

Fiscal Year 2022 Council Priority Accomplishments: Reparations

As the City of Asheville works to prepare a proposed fiscal year 2022-2023 budget, it’s a good time to pause, look back and assess the work and accomplishments towards the priorities of the past year.  The Council Identified Priorities for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 included: Reparations Reimagining Public Safety Employee Compensation  Utilization of ARPA Funding Here, we share with you the Fiscal [...]

Community Reparations Commission meets Monday, June 6, 2022

The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission will take place 6:00 p.m.  Monday, June 6, 2022 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, 87 Haywood Street   The Commission meeting agenda will be posted at this link. The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress [...]

Community Reparations Commission meets Monday, May 23, 2022

The next meeting of the Community Reparations Commission will take place 5:30 p.m.  Monday, May 23, 2022 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Press Room at 87 Haywood Street.    The Commission meeting agenda is posted at this link. The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that [...]

Announcement of new City of Asheville Reparations Commission members

The Asheville City Council has approved five seat appointments for the Community Reparations Commission representing the five impact focus areas of criminal justice, economic development, education, health care and housing.     Those members appointed by Asheville City Council are:    Dewana Little – Criminal Justice Dr. Dwight B Mullen -Economic Development CiCi  Weston – Education Dr. Tamarie Macon – Healthcare Joyce Harrison – [...]

City of Asheville Equity and Inclusion Department is now fully staffed

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that the Department of Equity and Inclusion is once again fully staffed. Led by veteran public servant Brenda Mills, the new team is already working in the community and internally with staff to make equity and inclusion a part of everything the City of Asheville does.   Brenda Mills, Director [...]

Celebrating Black Legacy Month – Asheville Parks & Recreation community centers remember local historic residents

Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 55 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and courts, and community centers that offer programs related to wellness, education, and culture for Ashevillians [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation celebrates the city’s legacy of Black excellence with special events throughout February

Throughout the year, Asheville Parks & Recreation and its partners share unique stories, rich culture, and opportunities for all community members to reflect on Black history across the city. During Black History Month, the department invites residents to explore more and discover the achievements, contributions, and journeys of Black heritage.