Asheville Parks & Recreation brings free movies under the stars to downtown park

A summer tradition for many Ashevillians returns to Pack Square Park on Friday, May 12. The popular Movies in the Park series produced by Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) begins its 2023 season with a showing of DC League of Super-Pets. Community members are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to the free [...]

Earth Day is just around the corner!

Earth Day is just around the corner! The Department of Sustainability invites you to join in the fun of making a cleaner, greener Asheville at home, at work, and in our community. There are many ways to make small changes with big impact to the health and quality of our environment.  Below are a few examples [...]

City of Asheville seeks community ground teams to engage public regarding plastic reduction

The City of Asheville is seeking to pay community engagement ground teams to support inclusive engagement on a potential policy and/or program – a policy/program that would require the reduced consumption of single-use plastic bags and expanded polystyrene (styrofoam™) takeout foodware containers. “Ground teams” can be one or more people operating as an individual or under [...]

Community and City of Asheville sweep into spring 2023

The City of Asheville has partnered with local organizations to host neighborhood cleanups over the next few weeks to keep litter off our streets and out of our streams. We invite you to lend a hand and enjoy physical and mental health benefits such as feeling a sense of accomplishment, getting exercise, enjoying the fresh air, meeting [...]

City of Asheville seeks resident input on citywide Emergency Operations and Continuity of Operations Plans

The City of Asheville wants to hear from you about the creation of two emergency operations plans. In working to advance the City Council’s priority of building neighborhood resilience, the Asheville Fire Department is coordinating the efforts to update the City of Asheville’s Emergency Operations Plan and the Continuity of Operations Plan.  This work involves [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation brings big festival fun for toddlers to MLK Park on May 7

Weather Update Due to the chance of thunderstorms predicted to happen during event hours, Tiny Tykes Day (scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on May 7, 2023) has been cancelled. Area families are in for a fun-packed time during Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR)’s annual Tiny Tykes Day at Martin Luther King Jr. Park from 2-5 [...]

Equitable access: Asheville’s parks serve as model for study

When Clemson University researchers approached Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) to serve as a case study for park equity modeling, it was a no-brainer that the department would participate. “Alongside other factors, our agency considers accessible design, gender inclusion, and racial equity into account when forming policies and making [...]

College Street closures starting April 23, 2023

The Public Works Streets Division will have a contractor paving College Street from the S. Charlotte Street intersection into the traffic circle beginning on the evening of Sunday, April 23.   The work will take place primarily between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. for minimal traffic disturbances and will last approximately 4 nights. There will be a [...]

Climate Justice Data Map provides valuable information during water outage

Climate Justice tools and resources can help operationalize lessons and information gathered in “clear skies” times to react and respond with informed, data driven actions during times of stress and crisis. Reports and data sets from the multi-year process of analyzing Asheville’s climate threats and assets, interviewing community members and hosting community conversations culminated in [...]

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