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Scheduled GIS Outage on March 14 & 15

The City IT team will be conducting an upgrade of the City’s GIS (Geographic Information System) on March 14th and 15th, 2024. As a result, all GIS services, including Simplicity, Map Asheville, REST Services, GIS Dashboards, Web Maps, and Open Data Portal data, will be temporarily unavailable during the upgrade period. What: ArcGIS Enterprise Upgrade – [...]

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APR Innovators: Max Cherry

APR Innovators is an Asheville Parks & Recreation series highlighting team members going above and beyond to bring huge value to community members through knowledge, connections, and insight that come from a desire to create the best city possible through the power of high-quality recreation programs and safe parks that welcome everyone. When [...]

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Construction for Patton Ave Sidewalk Accessibility Improvements will begin on March 12th

After several months of diligent preparation and engagement with directly impacted businesses and residents, construction for the first phase of work for the Patton Ave Sidewalk Accessibility Improvements project will begin on Tuesday, March 12th. The work will entail the removal and replacement of existing sidewalks and trees to create an ADA-accessible [...]

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Get moving with Asheville’s hiking, walking and rolling clubs

Actor and comedian Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” As the season officially arrives on March 19, the return of flower blooms and green leaves to Asheville make epic decorations for outdoor parties. Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) hosts a number of opportunities to hike, backpack, roll, or walk [...]

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City of Asheville Water Resources Department celebrates 20 years of environmental certification

In January 2004, the City of Asheville Water Resources Department became the first water utility in North Carolina to achieve International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification. ISO 14001 is an environmental certification, received by third-party accredited auditors NSF International. Today, Water Resources proudly celebrates 20 years of environmental certification. The award is presented to [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation updates community on comprehensive plan, requests feedback

Following multiple in-person and online engagement opportunities last summer and fall, Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) announced additional feedback workshops and a survey for Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks, a community-driven comprehensive plan to guide the City of Asheville’s parks and recreation decisions for the next 10-15 years.  During the City [...]

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Therapeutic Recreation restores, remediates, and rehabilitates independence for those in Asheville with disabling conditions

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR)’s Therapeutic Recreation program began as a summer camp designed to meet the growing needs of the community in 2005. By 2023, it grew to serve 621 participants through year-round programs that include supper clubs, crafting, fitness, hiking, adaptive sports, parents’ nights out, movies, dances, cooking classes, field trips, [...]

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APR Innovators: Mere Heil

APR Innovators is an Asheville Parks & Recreation series highlighting team members going above and beyond to bring huge value to community members through knowledge, connections, and insight that come from a desire to create the best city possible through the power of high-quality recreation programs and safe parks that welcome everyone.   When did you [...]

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Spring cheer is near with a March-velous schedule of Asheville Parks & Recreation programs

The month of March represents new growth and embodies an invigorating spirit of renewal. Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) has a month of events and programs planned to inspire community members to explore, connect, and discover.  Browse highlights below and use these resources to find hundreds of additional opportunities including free meetups and clubs, exercise [...]

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City of Asheville announces Mike Lamb to serve as Police Chief

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell is pleased to announce that Mike Lamb, who has served as the Interim Police Chief since December 2023, has accepted the permanent position of Police Chief. Chief Lamb has served the Asheville community for more than 26 years, rising through the ranks beginning as a patrol officer and most recently promoted [...]

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