Friday - Sep 21, 2018

Parks and Recreation

New entrance opens at WNC Nature Center

New entrance opens at WNC Nature Center

  ASHEVILLE — The WNC Nature Center welcomed guests into its new front entrance beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12. (The center was closed to guests on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in preparation.) “We’re excited to offer this enhanced guest experience to our visitors,” said Chris Gentile, Director of the WNC Nature Center. “The new front entrance will allow

City of Asheville offices closed for Labor Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

City of Asheville offices closed for Labor Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed including the Sanitation Office, trash and recycling will be collected as normal on Sept. 3.  Anyone with a collection issue should call the Customer Service line at 828-251-1122.   ART bus service

Bond project update: Playgrounds and sport courts under construction

Bond project update: Playgrounds and sport courts under construction

There will be lots of happy children and ball players in Asheville in the coming months. The renovation of playgrounds and sport courts were part of the $17 million Parks general obligation bond referendum that was approved by our community in 2016.   Starting now, you will see work in progress in Malvern Hills Park,


City Council appropriates funding to repair flood-damaged parks, including soccer complex

City Council appropriates funding to repair flood-damaged parks, including soccer complex

  Asheville parks adjacent to the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers took a hit during the May 30 flood, damaging Azalea Park, including the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex in particular.   For safety, the City closed the facility until it can be repaired. In June, shortly after the flood, Parks & Recreation staff completed

Bond project: Groundbreaking to be held to kick off Montford Complex improvements

Bond project: Groundbreaking to be held to kick off Montford Complex improvements

Construction on Parks Department bond projects is underway.  Planning began in 2016 when Asheville voters approved a total of $74 million in bonds, including $17 million for Parks & Recreation facility expansion and improvements.   Now improvements to the Tempie Avery Montford Center Complex at 34 Pearson Drive are about to begin. A groundbreaking ceremony

Fourth of July: Change in Sanitation schedule, holiday bus service, plus information about downtown fireworks

Fourth of July: Change in Sanitation schedule, holiday bus service, plus information about downtown fireworks

Fireworks explode over the City of Asheville in this photo by Bill Rhodes.   Sanitation schedule shifts, ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   Trash and recycling collection Asheville Sanitation will be closed July 4, as


Free for the picking, find serviceberries in Asheville parks and along roadsides

Free for the picking, find serviceberries in Asheville parks and along roadsides

Serviceberries are ripening in Asheville parks, including Pack Square Park in front of City Hall.   Here are recipes that use them too   Edible serviceberries are ripening throughout many of Asheville’s parks, such as Park Square Park and Carrier Park. This native edible species is well adapted to our climate and feeds humans and

City of Asheville offices closed for Memorial Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

City of Asheville offices closed for Memorial Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

  Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 28. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day and there will be


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