Asheville City offices close for MLK Jr. day, ART buses will operate on vacation schedule

Asheville City government offices will be closed on January 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is an overview of the City services affected by this celebration.

Garbage and recycling

Although the city offices are closed, the sanitation services will operate as planned. Residential waste and recycling will be collected normally on January 17th. The city’s sanitation services office will be closed on January 17, but residents who need help can call the city’s customer service line at 828-251-1122.

ART bus service

The ART bus service lines and facilities will operate on a holiday schedule, which is the same as the Sunday schedule. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of six days of ART on a reduced vacation schedule. For more route information or service alerts, visit

Parks and recreation

The city’s parks and recreation administration offices and all community centers will be closed. Some sites offer special opportunities to observe the day (see below). Parks, Greenways, Asheville Municipal Golf Course, Riverside Cemetery, and WNC Nature Center are open during regular hours.

  • MLK Jr. Day of Service in the Burton Street Community, noon to 2 p.m .: Projects include neighborhood garbage pickup, art projects, weather repair and protection, and Burton Street Peace projects Gardens, The Vine, Martha Jane’s and Smith Mill Creek. Dress in work clothes and park at the Burton Street Community Center. Gloves, supplies and tools provided. Free lunch and refreshments to follow. Register (not required) on or at 828-254-1942.

  • Fun Day Out, January 17 and 18, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Kindergarten to Grade 5 children can enjoy games, crafts and special events for $ 5 / child / day. Must bring lunch and drink. Register on or call individual locations.

  • Teen Day Out, Jan. 17 and 18, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m .: Grades 6 to 10 can participate in a Community Day of Service on January 17 (free) and offsite bowling (10 $ / person) among other activities on January 18 at the Stephens-Lee Community Center. Prior registration required on or 828-350-2058. Space is limited.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration goes virtual

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations will be virtual in Asheville this year, due to the pandemic. The Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County has a calendar of events from January 15 to 19.

Visit for more details.

Emergency response and water issues

Water Resources staff will be available for water-related emergencies 24 hours a day during the holiday weekend. Customers can call the customer service line at 828-251-1122 to report water emergencies, leaks, breakages and no water calls.

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response services, will operate on a regular schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Asheville City Employees Read
the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

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