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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, [...]

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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, [...]