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Asheville parks remain closed, Municipal Golf Course reopens, greenways and trails are open

Note: Originally published April 16, when the Asheville Municipal Golf Course was closed, this post has since been updated to reflect that the course has been reopened.   Being outside is good for everyone’s physical and emotional well-being, especially during these stressful times, but what is happening now in our public spaces is simply not safe.     In compliance [...]

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Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville opens doors to support the community during pandemic

    The City of Asheville and Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville announced this month the launch of multiple efforts to provide support to citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Although all events have been cancelled or postponed until June 5, the venue has opened its doors to provide a home for multiple COVID-19 support initiatives, including [...]

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City of Asheville is working with businesses and community regarding fees

  Over the past several weeks, staff at the City of Asheville have worked to ensure that City operations continue to function to serve the community during these uneasy times.    This includes the Finance Department’s accounts payable and receivable functions. Finance staff continues to process invoices in order to pay vendors and contractors in a timely manner, [...]

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April 14 Asheville City Council meeting to be held following CDC, state and local guidelines  

  Top priority is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while conducting City business   On April 14, Asheville City Council will hold a 3 p.m. budget work session and its regular 5 p.m. meeting. The agenda is posted at this link April 10. As the City of Asheville continues to work through the COVID-19 public [...]

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Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville opens as a shelter during public health emergency

  In a coordinated effort, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Homeward Bound and numerous community partners organized a resource for individuals without homes at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville.    The coronavirus outbreak represents a significant health risk for people experiencing homelessness. People living unsheltered are also far more likely to have chronic health conditions, one of the [...]

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Buncombe County extends ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order, which applies to Asheville residents

  Buncombe County Public Health has issued a new, Stay Home, Stay Safe Declaration that went into effect at 6 a.m. April 9, in order to bring our community in closer alignment with Gov. Cooper’s Stay Home order. The order includes all municipalities within Buncombe County, to include the City of Asheville, and encourages all residents [...]

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City of Asheville government to close for spring holiday April 10, ART buses to run on holiday schedule  

  City of Asheville government will be closed Friday, April 10, as part of its spring break holiday. City facilities remain closed to the public at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this public health emergency, City employees have continued their work, some in the field, such as in sanitation, water, transit, fire and police, [...]

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Asheville Sanitation able to resume some brush collection

  Updated information for the week of April 13   Through the pandemic, Asheville Sanitation has been working to balance service to our residents with safety considerations of its employees. We understand there has been some frustration regarding brush collection and have an update about our services.   Trash collection and other essential City services will continue to take priority over brush [...]

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Temporary ART bus schedule reductions announced

  The health and safety of our community is the City of Asheville’s highest priority. The ART Transit system continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic so we can offer transportation to first responders, health-care workers, other essential workers, and our community for urgent needs.   The ART transit staffing levels are lower than usual and, as such, [...]

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Asheville Water Resources employees serving vital roles during COVID-19 health emergency

  Water Production and Maintenance staff continue their work during  this pandemic to ensure safe water supply. The City of Asheville is following CDC, state and Buncombe Health Department guidelines in all of our operations. The health and safety of our communities and employees is our highest priority.   Here’s a look behind the scenes of Water Production [...]

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City of Asheville provides hand washing stations to help reduce spread of COVID-19 

    Update: For a map of temporary, portable hand washing stations and restrooms, visit this link. The map is being updated as new stations are installed.   Original post: With the COVID-19 public health emergency going on it has never been more important to be able to wash your hands. Besides keeping 6 feet of distance [...]

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City of Asheville issues protocols for inspections during State of Emergency

  The City of Asheville is modifying its operations until further notice to protect residents and City staff while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.   The Development Services Department (DSD) requests that contractors maintain a clean and safe environment for City staff so we may continue to provide inspection services. Please follow CDC guidelines (

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City of Asheville parks close as part of Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration

    In compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration issued by Buncombe County on March 25, effective immediately all City of Asheville parks, including dog parks, playgrounds, and outdoor courts, are closed until further notice.  Failure to comply with the Buncombe County Stay Home/Stay Safe declaration is punishable as a Class [...]

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City of Asheville eases restrictions on food trucks and temporary signage 

  The City of Asheville is taking steps to increase access to safe dining options during the course of this COVID-19 public health emergency. To do so, on March 24, Mayor Esther Manheimer amended the City’s State of Emergency declaration to exempt food trucks and restaurants from certain portions of the City’s Unified Development Ordinance. These [...]

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