Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville hosts open call for area volunteer groups for 2021-2022 Community Give Back Program

The Harrah’s Cherokee Center - Asheville (HCCA) 2021-2022 Community Give Back Program is currently accepting applications from qualified volunteer groups and non-profit organizations for participation in the following venue programs: Volunteer Concessions Program and Volunteer Venue Clean Up.

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Asheville City Council makes initial $2.1 million in reparations funding appropriation

    At their June 8 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to appropriate $2.1 million in proceeds from the sale of City-owned land at 172 and 174 South Charlotte Street to fund community reparations. A portion of this property includes land the City purchased in the 1970s through Urban Renewal of East End/Valley Street.   The Council action was [...]

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City of Asheville to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks for our community

  The City of Asheville will put on a fireworks display downtown for the Fourth of July! However, for this year, there will be no accompanying festival activities. While there will be no food or drink vendors at the park, people are welcome to bring their own picnic or order take-out from a favorite restaurant.   There will [...]

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Asheville City Council meetings return to in-person format and will be streamed live online

  With Gov. Roy Cooper’s easing of statewide facemask and social distancing restrictions and extending capacity on gatherings per Executive Order 209, the Asheville City Council will transition back to meeting in person. As a start, the June 8, June 22 and July 27 City Council meetings will be held at the Harrah’s [...]

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City of Asheville releases StoryMap about City-owned property and Urban Renewal 

  The City of Asheville has released a new StoryMap explaining which City-owned properties came from Urban Renewal.   With assistance from UNC Asheville faculty, City staff researched, identified, and mapped existing City-owned properties acquired through three Urban Renewal projects in Asheville. The Urban Renewal and City-owned Property StoryMap shows which City-owned properties came from [...]

Asheville Fire Department wins international service award for approach to firefighter resilience and mental health wellness

    The Asheville Fire Department proudly accepted the Community Service award for 2021 from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) at their virtual  World Congress 16 conference held May 25-27.  The WNC Peer Support  Network nominated AFD based on our proactive approach to resilience and mental [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation Director Roderick Simmons to retire, following many accomplishments and improvements to department

   Asheville Parks and Recreation Director Roderick Simmons will retire after 14 years with the City and 31 years in the parks and recreation profession. Peggy Rowe will serve as Interim Parks & Recreation Director while a search gets underway for his replacement.   Throughout his career, Simmons has taken an active role in innovative changes in the [...]

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City of Asheville offices to close for Memorial Day holiday; ART buses will run on holiday schedule

  The City of Asheville offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, May 31, a federally designated holiday that honors military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.   Here is a roundup of other City services affected by this holiday, as well [...]

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Asheville customers asked to conserve water usage

    Asheville Water Resources continues to make improvements at its water treatment facilities. Current circumstances, combined with hot, dry weather, have produced water demand at a level that will be difficult to sustain. For this reason, the City of Asheville is asking our customers to take voluntary water conservation measures.   You can reduce usage the following ways:   Stop outdoor [...]

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Asheville City Council accepts donations from two groups for ART bus shelters

  Civic partners stepped up to provide funding for three bus shelters — $16,000 in contributions combined — accepted in a budget amendment by Asheville City Council during their May 25 meeting.   The Transportation Department has been working with these community organizations to provide donations to install standard bus shelters along Asheville Rides Transit bus routes.   The Rotary Club [...]

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Cedar Street in Oakley neighborhood to close for stormwater drainage system upgrade

  Asheville’s Public Works Stormwater Division will close Cedar Street in the Oakley neighborhood for 5 weeks in June to perform an extensive stormwater drainage system upgrade. This work is being done to replace failing stormwater infrastructure and reduce street flooding in the area.   Detour map The closure is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. June 1, and [...]

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Asheville’s ART buses to resume at full capacity on May 20

    On Thursday, May 20, ART buses resume full capacity.   In accordance with state and federal regulations regarding COVID-19 safety measures, masks must still be worn on all buses and at all transit facilities.  Free masks are available at the Transit Center and on buses.   Here’s what else you need to know about riding ART buses: Fares remain [...]

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Historic Resources Commission honors two volunteers for restoring and caring for the South Asheville Cemetery

    Each year, the Historic Resources Commission awards an individual or individuals in the community who by word or deed has kindled among the citizenry of Asheville and Buncombe County an appreciation for the history or historic resources of the area. The Historic Resources Commission is pleased to honor this year’s recipients, George Taylor and George [...]

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