Walking the walk

City planners, elected officials, engineers and students from around the United States toured Asheville on Wednesday, Feb. 2 as part of a Town Makers Discovery Tour organized by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and Local Government Commission and guided by City of Asheville Planning and Development staff. The Town-makers’ Discovery Tour, held in [...]

Groundhog Day at the WNC Nature Center

The word everyone was waiting for came out of the WNC Nature Center on Wednesday afternoon, as Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and Nibbles the Groundhog had a Groundhog’s Day conference to predict the coming of Spring. The media event fell on the same day as the nationally-followed prediction by Punxsutawney Phil, but as Education naturalist Eli [...]

City of Asheville’s Plan Reviewers log state’s highest building review certification

The City of Asheville Plan Review team: (from left) Mark Matheny, Jared Merrill, June Eames, Scott Metcalf, Diane Meek and Ron Evans. The City of Asheville’s Development Services announced this week that its entire Plan Review staff now has the highest level of building review certification available. Plan review certification by the State of North [...]

Asheville Buncombe homeless point in time count takes place Wed. January 26

The annual point in time count that tracks the demographics, causes and population of those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness in the Asheville and Buncombe County community takes place on Wednesday, January 26. The count, which is used to provide accurate data about the state of homelessness in the community, constitutes a partnership [...]

Public weighs in on River District’s transportation future

A presentation at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College on Saturday Jan. 22 offered a glimpse at what could be the future of transportation in Asheville’s River Arts District, and attendees had the chance to give their input into how they envision changes in the corridor. The presentation was the first in a series of public input opportunities and [...]

Volunteers repaint Stephens-Lee gym in recognition of MLK weekend

44 volunteers showed up at the Stephens-Lee Community Center on Saturday, January 15, to give the center’s gymnasium a new coat of paint in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day. The service project, organized by the City of Asheville’s Volunteer Program, saw participants from the community as well as the city’s Parks Maintenance division, [...]

Shredding the slopes with Asheville’s Youth Outdoor Recreation Program

It’s hard to believe, says Christen McNamara, but for the first few years the City of Asheville’s Outdoor Recreation program offered a youth snowboard and skiing series, there were spots left unfilled. It’s even harder to imagine now, since this year’s program boasts a full roster of 45 kids that filled up within one day [...]

City of Asheville Human Resources Analyst Carol Nguyen recognized in Verve Magazine’s “30 Under Thirty.”

The latest issue of Verve Magazine included City of Asheville Human Resources employee Carol Nguyen in its profile of 30 women under 30 who make positive strides in their fields. The profile cites Nguyen’s work on technological steps the department is taking to more efficiently track information and move into paperless record keeping. Click here for the full [...]

Stay safe during winter storms

Already this winter, multiple snowstorms have hit Asheville and Western North Carolina, and the City’s Public Works Department has been hard at work to keep roads passable and clear, while the Asheville Police and Fire Departments continue to keep people safe. The City of Asheville is urging the public to remain safe and cautious throughout inclement [...]

Pedestrian bridge community update meeting and walk Saturday Jan. 8 ***UPDATED: This meeting has been postponed***

***UPDATE*** Jan. 8 meeting POSTPONED: Due to the winter weather forecast for the Asheville area over the next 24 hours and in the interest of safety, the pedestrian bridge community update meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 8 from 1-3 p.m. has been postponed. Information on the make-up date will be released once a new date is [...]

City Hall energy efficient lighting retrofit means $15,000 annual savings

The recently completed replacement and retrofitting of nearly 1,000 lights and fixtures in Asheville City Hall will mean an annual savings to the city of $15,000, says Linda Fowler, Project Manager for the Office of Sustainability. The $125,000 installation, completed in mid-December, was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was identified [...]

APD Community Resource Officers build community bridges

Asheville Police Department Officer Jackie Stepp’s department-issued cell phone sometimes rings up to four times a day with questions or observations from Asheville residents or business owners. That’s not so surprising since she gives out the number at community meetings and to anyone who asks. As Community Resource Officers, Stepp and her partner, Officer Evan [...]

Download an audio tour guide of Asheville’s Urban Trail

It has never been easier to take a tour of downtown Asheville’s Urban Trail, thanks to a free downloadable audio guide made available through the City of Asheville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. The tour, funded with a grant from the Janirve Foundation, is designed for mp3 players, and walks participants through the 1.7-mile, [...]

Winter training with the Asheville Fire Department

On December 15, the Asheville Civic Center became a high-elevation training ground, as the Asheville Fire Department practiced rope maneuvers and evacuation techniques from the cat walk of the Civic Center arena. The next day found the department’s newest hires in Swannanoa at an arranged burn, part of the certification process for becoming a firefighter. From [...]

On the streets and behind the scenes with the City of Asheville snow crews

Despite two weekend winter storms and persistent sub-freezing temperatures, most streets in Asheville were open at the beginning of this week thanks to the constant attention of a roving fleet of snowplows and salt trucks. On Tuesday, City of Asheville Public Works employees continued round-the-clock routes spreading a sand and salt mixture over approximately 500 miles [...]

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