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City of Asheville to launch pilot monthly parking program to address downtown workers’ needs

  Parking downtown can be a challenge, especially for Asheville service industry and retail workers. A survey by the Downtown Commission and Asheville Downtown Association showed that most employees of downtown businesses rely on driving to get to work, and that 64% of  businesses would like to see more parking downtown.   Survey respondents indicated that 40% of [...]

Asheville firefighter’s cancer death ruled a ‘line of duty death’ by N.C. Industrial Commission

Asheville Fire Department Engineer Will Willis died in February 2018 due to cancer.   The Asheville Fire Department is elated to share the news that the N.C. Industrial Commission has ruled that AFD’s Engineer Will Willis, who died in February due to cancer, is considered a line of duty death.   Not only will his family receive survivor benefits, but [...]

Asheville’s Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk returns Aug. 19

  Local firefighters run in gear and compete for Siller Cup     The Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation 5K Run/Walk hosts its Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk nationwide each year. This year, the Asheville Tunnel to Towers 5K is set for Aug. 19.   Tunnel to Towers is dedicated to the memory of FDNY hero, and father of five, Stephen Siller, who lost his life on 9/11. Stephen, who was [...]

City of Asheville prepares for week of heavy rain

A Stormwater Services crew removes silt, dirt and debris from storm drains atop Town Mountain July 31.     In advance of heavy rains this week, the City of Asheville is prepared! The Water Resources Department is following the Flood Operation Plan at the North Fork Reservoir. One gate is slightly opened (6 inches) to accommodate present and anticipated precipitation to [...]

City Council appropriates funding to repair flood-damaged parks, including soccer complex

  Asheville parks adjacent to the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers took a hit during the May 30 flood, damaging Azalea Park, including the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex in particular.   For safety, the City closed the facility until it can be repaired. In June, shortly after the flood, Parks & Recreation staff completed initial damage assessments [...]

Newly adopted Asheville Transit Master Plan to result in more and better ART bus service

    Last fall, the City of Asheville Transportation Department began working with the public to develop a new Transit Master Plan for the ART bus system. The Transit Master Plan serves as a guide on topics such as how and where ART will provide transit service. Further, it is designed to ensure safe, convenient and accessible [...]

City of Asheville to receive $17.7 million in MPO funding for greenways, electric buses and more

  The following is a press release from the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBRMPO):   Regional Planning Organization awards $25 million for Asheville area active transportation and transit projects   The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBRMPO) recently authorized more than $25 million of funding for transportation projects in the French Broad River MPO region. The MPO selected projects that included sidewalk, [...]

U.S. Cellular Center invites volunteer groups to apply for concession opportunities

  The U.S. Cellular Center is accepting applications from qualified volunteer groups to assist in the concessions operations when needed at the U.S. Cellular Center.   USCC Concessions Volunteer Program goals Primary goal: Supplement paid part time and temporary/seasonal staffing for large events held at the facility. Due to the infrequency of events requiring large numbers of staff, the center [...]

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