Wellness Wednesday – Spend 100 Hours Outside this summer, win prizes

When Ginny and Josh Yurich wanted to balance their kids’ screen time with more time spent outdoors, they found their greatest memories as a family and most successful parenting moments came from time spent outside. To spread thoughts, pictures, and words of encouragement, Ginny created 1000 Hours Outside. The organization encourages families [...]

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 congratulates its WNC Heroes

The American Red Cross hosted the WNC Heroes event this week.  Taking place at Highland brewing company and emceed by WLOS meteorologist Jason Boyer, the event honors heroes among us.  Recognition was given to those who are exemplary individuals exhibiting extraordinary acts of courage, kindness and service. Help us honor these unsung leaders who exemplify the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Partnership helps Asheville Parks & Recreation expand options for mountain bikers

Asheville Parks & Recreation has been the trusted steward of the city’s unique portfolio of parkland and natural spaces since it was established in 1956. The department currently oversees the programming, safety, and usage of parks and facilities covering over 900 acres of land and water. While routine maintenance and replacement of [...]

“Art in the Heart” Temporary Public Art Program Launches in Coordination with Pack Square Plaza Visioning: Call for Artists

Call for applications  In partnership with the Friends of Buncombe County Special Collections and Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission, the City is kicking off a new temporary public art program to activate Pack Square Plaza and engage with the community in a new way. Art in the Heart will support the production/installation of up to [...]

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