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Postponed: Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition

  Update: This event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Asheville Parks & Recreation is proud to present the 2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition, in partnership with the YMCA and Black Mountain Parks & Recreation.   Winners in each event qualify for the North Carolina State Games and winners at the state level qualify [...]

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Spend spring break with Asheville Parks & Recreation

  Registration is open now for Asheville Parks & Recreation spring break camps. Here is a look at the variety of selection.   Spring Break Basketball Camp April 6-10 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Location: Linwood Crump Shiloh Center Fee: $25, and it includes a T-shirt. This basketball camp is designed for girls and boys age 12 to 16 to sharpen fundamental, [...]

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City of Asheville tree-planting program to begin in March

    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”   ― Chinese proverb   The City of Asheville will have more sweet shade, the rustle of green leaves and flashes of fall color with a tree planting program that begins in March.   Many of these will be what is called “street trees,” those [...]

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SoCon hoops returns! Here’s your guide to matchups, special events, parking and more — including free trolleys

  The 2020 Ingles Southern Conference Men’s and Woman’s Basketball Tournament Presented by General Shale returns to the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville March 5 – 9.  Tickets are still available and there are lots of special events planned to coincide with the tournament, such as the

Asheville City Council approves greenway contracts for projects to be built this year

  Two greenway projects got a green light from Asheville City Council this week. At their Feb. 25, meeting Council approved execution of contracts for: The Elsie’s Bridge Greenway Connector Project; and  Construction of a Reed Creek Greenway Extension.   The Council action paves the way for both projects to happen this [...]

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Asheville City Council approves pilot program designed to reduce discolored water following water line breaks or outages  

  As the City of Asheville works to proactively maintain and invest in Asheville’s water system, Water Resources will begin a pilot program this year to identify ways to enhance its flushing program as a tool to help mitigate impacts to our customers.   At their Feb. 25 meeting, City Council authorized execution of a $50,000 contract with [...]

Help shape Asheville by serving on an advisory board or committee

  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.   More than 250 people serve on 35 advisory boards and help guide policy decisions for the City of Asheville. Put your perspective, leadership [...]

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ART bus service to resume at 8 a.m., City government offices to open at 10 a.m.

  Asheville City government offices and facilities will open on a delayed schedule, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, due to the potential for black ice on our roads.  ART bus service will resume at 8 a.m. Friday. Asheville Parks & Recreation Fun Day Out programs will open at 10 a.m. Friday at Stephens Lee, Vance and Montford [...]

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Snow updates recap: Wednesday and Thursday

Latest news Asheville City government offices to open at 10 a.m. Friday; patches of black ice possible on streets   Thursday updates, Feb. 20   Buses are still running this afternoon, but as temperatures drop during this snowy weather Asheville Rides Transit (ART) will suspend service this evening. The last bus to leave the transit center [...]

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Asheville Mardi Gras Parade returns to South Slope, bringing fun along with traffic/parking impacts

    This Sunday, Feb. 23, the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade  returns to the South Slope. The parade begins at 3 p.m. Lineup and float assembly will take place in surface parking lots along Asheland Avenue. The parade begins on Hilliard Avenue at Asheland Avenue, down south Coxe Avenue and wraps along the streets of [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold a work session on hotel moratorium

  Archived stream of the work session:   Original post: In September, Asheville City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which means that no hotel development applications will be approved for a year. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the City time to further study the issues surrounding tourism and assess the [...]

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Charlotte Street Road Diet construction begins

  Initial phase will be sidewalk work   The construction phase of the Charlotte Street road diet is scheduled to begin in February and continue through May.   The first phase of construction will entail a lane closure as contractors reconstruct portions of the sidewalk on the north end of Charlotte street near Edwin Place. Once complete, repaving of the [...]

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City of Asheville launches AVL Collects to promote better recycling rate, help residents keep up with collection dates

    You’ve got a lot to remember between family stuff, work stuff, school stuff and all the other STUFF that crops up in life. How about something that makes your trash and recycling collection easier?   The City of Asheville’s Sanitation Division is pleased to launch the AVL Collects webpage and smart device app, available for Apple [...]

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Jake Rusher Park Improvements to begin this spring

  South Asheville residents can look forward to improvements at Jake Rusher Park this year as the Jake Rusher Park bond project moves into the construction phase. At their Feb. 11 meeting, the Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to move forward with a $975,274 construction contract with Carolina Specialties Construction, a Hendersonville-based company. Located at 160 [...]

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City of Asheville to partner with airport on parking regulation

  At their Feb. 11 meeting, Asheville City Council gave Parking Services the green light to regulate and administer parking at the Asheville Regional Airport. The move came at the request of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority. Under the agreement, Airport staff will write tickets, while Parking Services will administer the billing and collections. The cost [...]

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Go behind the scenes with Asheville Fire Department’s Citizens Fire Academy

  The Asheville Citizens Fire Academy is designed to increase the community’s understanding and awareness of the Asheville Fire Department. This is an amazing opportunity for adults (18 years or older) who live and/or work in Asheville to learn about the philosophies, policies and guiding principles of the Asheville Fire Department and the services we provide [...]

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