Green features earn recreation center LEED Platinum certification

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center at 285 Livingston Street has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The designation is the highest level of certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council in its recognition of building design [...]

ART system gets nine new buses

Upgrades to Asheville’s transit fleet continue with the replacement of nine buses with newer models. The new buses, two hybrids and seven diesels, began partial service this week and are expected to be in full operation within the next ten days. The streamlined models are expected to reduce repair costs and fuel expenses as the [...]

APD Citizens Academy graduates largest class yet

The City of Asheville Police Department celebrated the graduation its largest Citizens Police Academy class to date on Nov. 23. Forty-three people took part in the 13-week program, including seven high school students participating for their senior projects, making this the biggest class since the academy began in 1991. “Any time we can involve the [...]

Texting tech helps APD get community crime tips

Information from the community remains one of the most important tools officers use when cracking cases. Community policing, in the form of observations and tips, often offers the best set of eyes and ears a department has. That’s why the Asheville Police Department has many ways to make it easy and confidential to relay [...]

CoA employees give at the AFD/APD Blood Drive

A big thanks to all of the City of Asheville employees who came out and donated at the Asheville Fire Department and Asheville Police Department Blood Drive on October 24. The drive, held in the City of Asheville Municipal Building that houses both the APD and AFD, saw donors from multiple departments contributing where [...]

APD Detective promoted to Sergeant

Congratulations to the Asheville Police Department’s John Rikard, who was promoted from Detective to Sergeant in an Oct. 12 ceremony at Asheville City Hall. Sgt. Rikard has been with APD for nine years and has served in the roles of Patrol Officer, Community Resource Officer, and General Assignment and Major Case Detective. Sergeant John Rikard [...]

City of Asheville offers email billing

Want to cut out one more envelope from your bill basket? Sign up for emailed billing by the City of Asheville Customer Service Division and get your combined services statement sent directly to your inbox. Since the beginning of September, Customer Services staff have been stuffing notices into combined services statements, which include billing for water, [...]

Hey Day Fall Festival at WNC Nature Center Sat. Oct. 6

This Saturday! From the WNC Nature Center: The 36th Annual Hey Day Fall Festival will be held at the Western North Carolina Nature Center on Saturday, October 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event features animal encounters, craft demonstrations, face-painting and live entertainment. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite and other activities will include [...]

N. Lexington mid-block crosswalk construction begins Monday 9/24

City of Asheville Engineering Services crews will begin construction on a new crosswalk at North Lexington Avenue on Monday, Sept. 24. The mid-block crosswalk, to be located in the vicinity of 65 N. Lexington, is a much-needed street element that has been requested by surrounding business owners and pedestrians to make crossing easier and safer [...]