MLK mural on display at Senior Opportunity Community Center

The Senior Opportunity Community Center has unveiled a unique mural of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., created by volunteers and staff. The art project was part of Asheville Park & Recreation’s Black Legacy Month programming in February. Combining paper craft and painting, the colorful and large panel conveys Dr. King’s hope for equality, justice, and a better tomorrow.

Wellness Wednesday – Use failures as learning opportunities for success

From awards to photos on social media, we generally like to celebrate success. Often, we forget the mistakes, missteps, and miscalculations that may take place along the way. For many, the secret of success is that it can be built on the culmination of lessons learned from defeat.   Those who turn failure into success are all [...]

Charlotte Street “Road Diet” analysis shows continued improvements

Summary The Charlotte Street Road Diet continues to show signs of success since its implementation in 2019.  The second year of “Post-Implementation” analysis reveals that the project has reduced traffic speeds, increased bike use, and reduced the number of automobile collisions on Charlotte Street with no indication of increased cut-through traffic on the side streets.  Background In 2019, [...]

City seeks input on potential use of HOME-ARP funding to address homelessness

  The City of Asheville, as the Participating Jurisdiction for the four-county Asheville Regional Housing Consortium is seeking public input to inform and prioritize use of a one-time $4.7 million allocation of HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding, known as “HOME-ARP,” is [...]

Richmond Hill Drive closed March 21 to April 8

The City of Asheville Public Works Department would like to alert you that we will be conducting work on Richmond Hill Drive.   Staff will be closing Richmond Hill Drive Monday,  March 21 through April 8 to carry out needed road repairs and concrete curb installation ahead of an upcoming resurfacing project.  During that time, a detour [...]

Office of Data and Performance (ODAP) marks one year of operation

The Office of Data and Performance (ODAP) has been fully-staffed and operational for a full year. During its first year of operation, ODAP has participated in a number of City projects that advance the office’s mission “to empower the community and City staff to use data for equitable outcomes, accountability, and communication.”

Wellness Wednesday – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in truly green fashion

Nature has a huge impact on health and wellness. Multiple studies point to cortisol, stress, and anxiety levels decreasing in a calm, green environment. If you’re looking for an alternative to a party highlighted by brews on St. Patrick’s Day, check out this volunteer opportunity from Asheville Parks & Recreation. Community members are [...]

City of Asheville seeking public input on  the Municipal Golf Course

    The City of Asheville Community & Regional Entertainment Facilities Department is soliciting qualified companies to manage the day to day operations of the municipal golf course.  In February a Request For Qualifications was issued with a closing date of March 22, 2022.  After companies submit Letters of Interest and Statements of Qualifications, [...]

Celebrating Women’s History Month – Asheville Parks & Recreation facilities remember local historic women

Women’s History Month traces its beginnings to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. In 1978, schools in Sonoma, California celebrated Women’s History Week with events designed around March 8 (International Women’s Day). Following a conference about women’s history in 1979, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as [...]

City of Asheville holds its annual Council Retreat March 17 and 18, 2022

The Asheville City Council will hold its annual retreat from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Friday, March 18, 2022, in the Banquet Hall at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville, located at 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, N.C.   Day One of the retreat will consist of opening discussions and [...]

City of Asheville open for public input about upcoming sidewalk improvements at New Haw Creek Road

  The City of Asheville would like to engage residents on a sidewalk improvement project in northeast Asheville.  The New Haw Creek Road Sidewalk Project is one of several transportation projects prioritized by City residents during public outreach for the 2016 capital improvements bond referendum.   The City proposes to construct nearly one mile of [...]

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