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Discrimination Policy

The County of Buncombe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment, or employment, in its services, programs, and activities, in compliance with applicable federal and state laws.

Naming Rights Policy

  1. General Statement
    1. Buncombe County Parks & Recreation will make any and all proposals for naming rights to the Buncombe Parks, Greenways & Recreation Advisory Board.
    2. The Board will then be responsible for approving all names for all parks, recreation areas, programs and facilities within the Buncombe County Parks & Recreation system.
    3. Once approved by the Parks, Greenways & Recreation Advisory Board, this action in recommendation form, will be forwarded to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for final approval and official designation.
  2. Criteria for Consideration
    1. Buncombe County Parks & Recreation will accept applications for naming rights from any Buncombe County citizen or group of Buncombe County citizens who wish to recommend the naming of a park, area of facility in honor a person, historical event, natural phenomenon or geographic location. Applications or petitions to honor a person or persons will be considered only when the individual(s) has made exceptional contributions in the following way(s):
      1. Money
      2. Land
      3. Other goods and/or services
    2. The name must not duplicate, or be closely related, or pronounced similarly, to any other name within the Buncombe County Parks & Recreation system so as to eliminate any/all confusion to the general public.
    3. Buncombe County Parks & Recreation reserves the right to change the name of a park, area, program or facility. This time frame applies to only those parks, areas, programs and facilities that have been named for an individual. The time frame will be set by individual contracts.
    4. When naming or re-naming a park, area, program or facility, Buncombe County Parks & Recreation:
      1. Will accept application(s) or petitions with adult signatures of current residents of Buncombe County
      2. Have discussion and hear public discussion at a public hearing
      3. Take action at a second public hearing
    5. These meetings will occur during a period not to exceed ninety (90) days from the first public hearing.
    6. When there has not been a suggested title or appropriate suggested title for a new park, area, program or facility, Buncombe County Parks & Recreation may, at its completion, determine an appropriate title for recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.
  3. Facilities / Programs
    Individuals or groups may donate a sum of money, land or goods/services for the naming rights of a facility, a portion of the facility, or program. The following guidelines must be established and met before consideration is given by the Buncombe County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board:
    1. Facilities
      1. A base of $25,000
      2. An annual donation of 25% of the total estimated value of the facility
      3. This will be established on a contractual basis for a minimum of ten (10) years
    2. Portion of Facilities (i.e. shelter, exhibit, etc.)
      1. A base of $10,000
      2. An annual donation of 5% of the total estimated value of the facility
      3. This will be established on a contractual basis for a minimum of ten (10) years
    3. Programs
      1. A base of $5,000
      2. An annual donation of total estimated cost of producing the program
      3. This will be established on a contractual basis for the number of years specified by the donor.
  4. Employees & Volunteers
    Former employees or volunteers who have deceased will be recognized by posting their name, facility or program they were involved with and years of service on a memory board in the lobby at the Buncombe County Parks & Recreation Administrative Office.

    The following criteria must be met:
    1. Employees – Must have been employed by Buncombe County Parks & Recreation for a minimum of 10 years
    2. Volunteer – Must have been a volunteer for Buncombe County Parks & Recreation for a minimum of 5 years and/or 1,000 hours.
    3. Buncombe County Parks & Recreation staff retains the right to review each individual on an individual basis.

      Please click here for a Naming Rights Application

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Park Rules

  • Littering prohibited
  • Destruction of plants, animals, and wildlife prohibited
  • Swimming prohibited in lakes and ponds
  • Vehicles on grass or foot trails prohibited
  • Maximum speed is 15 mph
  • Parking prohibited in non-designated areas
  • Vending of goods or merchandise prohibited
  • Park signs shall not be removed
  • Persons may not enter any facility from which they may have been prohibited
  • Permit required for certain use of parks
  • Dogs must be on a leash
  • Possession of weapons prohibited
  • Alcoholic beverages prohibited
  • No dumping garbage in county parks
  • Violators subject to prosecution pursuant to NCGS Section 153A-123(B) & 14-4

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Publicity Policy

Buncombe County Recreation Services reserves the right to photograph program participants for publicity purposes. Please be aware that these photos are for BCRS use only & may be used in future catalogs, brochures, pamphlets or flyers.


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