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City of Asheville to delay opening of swimming pools and Splasheville

    The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  In support of that effort, the opening of the three City of Asheville pools located at Recreation Park, Malvern Hills Park and Walton Street Park and Splasheville in Pack [...]

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City of Asheville launches curbside pick-up program and expands flexibility for business use of private lots

  With public health considerations guiding our work, the City is advancing ways to use shared public and private spaces differently to support economic recovery and other community needs.   Curbside Pick-up Zones The City of Asheville is launching shared Curbside Pick-up Zones to support local restaurants and retailers in more than 20 locations around the city. The Curbside [...]

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Asheville City Council continues remote meetings and here’s how you can participate

    Top priority is the safety of our community and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while conducting City business   The May 26 Asheville City Council meeting will be held remotely. Due to the locally declared State of Emergency and the State Phase 2 Safer at Home order, there will be no public attendance at [...]

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City of Asheville government to close for Memorial Day, host virtual Memorial Day ceremony

  ART buses to run on holiday schedule   City of Asheville government will be closed May 25 for Memorial Day. City facilities remain closed to the public at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though some parks have reopened. During this public health emergency, City employees have continued their work, some in the field, such as in [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation postpones traditional summer camps until July 3, introduces ‘Rec n Roll’

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.   After reviewing guidelines from the CDC and State and local public health officials and the State’s preliminary plans for phased reopening, Asheville Parks & Recreation staff have made the difficult [...]

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City of Asheville transitions emergency homeless shelter to motel, continues agreements with partner agencies

  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 on April 8. As the City of Asheville’s 30-day agreement with Homeward Bound to manage an emergency homeless shelter at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville has expired, staff and community partners [...]

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City of Asheville plans budget for next year while analyzing financial effects from pandemic

  During every budget season City staff work to analyze trends and develop forecasts that provide the financial context for City Council decisions during the budget process. For the fiscal year that begins July 1, those decisions will have to be made with limited information about the length and severity of the economic downturn we are [...]

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2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games cancelled

  The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department announced today that the 2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games, originally scheduled to begin in April then postponed to June, have officially been cancelled.     All registered participants will be issued a refund of their registration fees.  North Carolina State Games are tentatively scheduled for fall 2020 and all participants currently registered in [...]

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City of Asheville, Buncombe County to host virtual Memorial Day Ceremony and here’s how you can view it 

  This year’s Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony will be held as a virtual ceremony, because of the need for physical distance with the State of Emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The keynote speaker will be Anne Adkins, a Gold Star Mother who lost her son Matthew during his active duty in Iraq.   The ceremony, planned in [...]

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Asheville City Council meeting to be held remotely and here’s how you can participate

    Top priority is the safety of our community and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while conducting City business   The May 12 Asheville City Council meeting and budget work session will be held remotely. Due to the locally declared State of Emergency and Stay Safe, Stay Home order, there will be no public attendance at these meetings. [...]

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Asheville Water Resources reminds businesses about recommended quality measures that need to be taken before reopening 

    As state and local public health officials begin to ease restrictions, and outline what businesses can reopen, we wanted to share with you some necessary water information and precautions. Although water has been flowing continuously through the City of Asheville’s water system, private plumbing lines at local businesses closed during the Stay Home, Stay Safe [...]

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Asheville Sanitation modifies operations to make progress in brush collection  

    Through the COVID-19 public health emergency, Asheville Sanitation has been working to balance service to our residents with safety considerations of its employees. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority.  Some operations, such as brush collection, require two- to three-person crews, which makes it difficult to adhere to physical distancing guidelines [...]

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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, [...]