Asheville City Council to hold budget retreat

  Asheville City Council will hold a budget retreat March 13 in the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville banquet hall. This daylong budget retreat will be streamed live on the City’s YouTube channel at this link. Council members will attend a legislative breakfast starting at  8 a.m. and then the actual retreat will [...]

Giant animatronic sculpture to go on display in Asheville’s South Slope

  Acclaimed work was engineered, sculpted and fabricated by an interdisciplinary UNC Asheville team     Republished from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina   Wake, Mel Chin’s giant animatronic sculpture, installed in New York City’s Times Square last summer, will be on view from March 15 to Sept. 7 at 44 Collier Ave., in Asheville’s South Slope.   Chin, a WNC-based conceptual artist, [...]

Housing market report looks at challenges in Asheville and surrounding counties

  The City of Asheville is releasing the Regional Housing Needs Assessment. The purpose of this report is to conduct a Housing Needs Assessment of the four-county region that includes and surrounds the city of Asheville. The four counties evaluated in this report include Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania. This evaluation takes into account the demographics, [...]

Community invited to participate in survey about City-owned downtown Asheville properties

    The community is invited to provide online feedback on draft design concepts for City-owned properties at the intersection of Haywood Street and Page Avenue and the adjacent downtown area.     Feedback will be collected via an online survey. This input opportunity is intended for those  who could not make it to the public presentation and work session [...]

Asheville Fire Department maintains accreditation status

 The Asheville Fire Department learned that the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) unanimously approved to grant them accredited status at a public hearing this week in Orlando, Fla.   Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation that enables the department to examine service delivery and compare it to the industry standards. It [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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