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Asheville Parks picnic shelter reservations reopen April 1

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is happy to announce that picnic shelter reservations will resume on April 1.  Rates begin at $40 per day and are available at 11 parks throughout the city.  All shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless reserved.  To reserve a shelter online, visit www.avlrec.com.   Under Gov. Roy [...]

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Judge denies motion to halt removal of Vance Monument

  Removal of the Vance Monument can proceed, following a March 29 ruling by Buncombe County Superior Court Judge Steven Warren to deny a motion calling for a temporary restraining order to prevent its removal.   Following Asheville City Council’s March 23 vote authorizing demolition of the 75-foot obelisk on Pack Square, The Society for the Historical Preservation [...]

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City of Asheville offices to close April 2 for spring break

  Asheville City government offices will be closed April 2 for spring break. Here is a look at City services affected by this holiday.   ART bus service The City of Asheville ART service routes and facilities will operate on a reduced holiday schedule, which is the same as the Sunday schedule. For more route information or service alerts, [...]

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City of Asheville to hold virtual meeting on Biltmore Avenue and McDowell Street corridor

    The City of Asheville and consultants from VHB invite the public to attend a virtual meeting on via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. March 30 to review the Biltmore Avenue and McDowell Street Corridor Study. This will be the second public meeting related to this project.   Biltmore Avenue, McDowell Street, Asheland Avenue, and Southside Avenue [...]

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City of Asheville raises food waste awareness, invites residents to join #AVLFoodWasteChallenge

    This week, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer signed a proclamation declaring April “Food Waste Reduction Month.”   The City’s Office of Sustainability is working with our local Food Waste Solutions group alongside other innovative cities in the Southeast to develop and implement food waste initiatives. This “Food Matters” project is facilitated through [...]

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Asheville City Council approves Vance Monument removal, visioning process for future of the site

  The Vance Monument site on Pack Square could be redeveloped following a community visioning process approved by Asheville City Council March 23. The Council approved removal of the monument as a first step.   Erected in 1897, the 75-foot-tall stone obelisk is named for former Confederate military officer, N.C Governor and U.S. Senator Zebulon Vance, whose home [...]

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How to engage in the City of Asheville budget process: Survey now open, meetings happening as well

  The City of Asheville wants to hear from you!  City staff have approached the budget process differently this year by reviewing existing services with a focus on members of our community that experience inequity.   Through our internal department work, and from what heard through Reimagining Public Safety several opportunities for improvements emerged: Economic [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold budget work session prior to March 23 meeting 

    For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain virtual at this time. That includes the March 23 City Council meeting. In addition to the 5 p.m. meeting Council will hold a 2:30 p.m. budget work session.   March 23 will be the second budget work session for the 2021-2022 budget. The [...]

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Splasheville to undergo renovation

  The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department announces that Splasheville, the very popular interactive splashpad located in Pack Square Park, is getting an overhaul.  Work begins this week to replace the plumbing, wiring, control system and repair or replace the surface tiles and supporting gridwork.  Weather permitting, work is estimated to take approximately 10 [...]

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Help shape Asheville by serving on a City board or commission

  Looking for a way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on a City of Asheville board or commission is a great place to start.   Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation invites community to participate in food and nutrition survey

    In May 2020, Asheville Parks & Recreation was awarded a grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association, funded by the Walmart Foundation, for the development of a community nutrition hub at Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. The grant will help improve our community’s access to healthy foods, support [...]

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Equity and Inclusion Assessment presented to Asheville City Council

  Three years after the inception of the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, an internal assessment looks at the work conducted by the department and opportunities for improvement.   At their March 9 meeting, Internal Auditor Patricia Rosenberg presented the Equity and Inclusion Assessment findings to Asheville City Council. The assessment began as a request from Black [...]

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Greenway construction to connect 2 existing greenways through 4 parks

  Construction to extend the French Broad River Greenway West this spring will connect it to French Broad River Park, creating a 4-mile stretch of continuous riverside greenway through four parks in Asheville.  During their March 9 meeting, Asheville City Council approved funding for the French Broad River Greenway West Bank Construction Project. Federal funds administered through [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold budget work session prior to March 9 meeting 

  For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the March 9 City Council meeting. In addition to the 5 p.m. meeting Council will hold a 1 p.m. budget work session.   March 9 will be the first budget work session for the 2021-2022 budget. [...]

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Asheville Community and Economic Development to host neighborhood meetings in the spring

  In March, City of Asheville staff will once again engage neighborhoods in the development of three small neighborhood lots on West Chestnut Street, Lufty Avenue, and Kentucky Drive for affordable housing.     Several weeks ago, finalists were named for the Neighborhood Lots for Affordable Housing Request for Proposals (RFP) process to develop the lots. The finalists are [...]

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