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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

The benefits of parks and recreation can be a walk in the woods. It can be the sense of exhilaration for the child who hits the ball with a bat for the very first time. It can be the positive feeling of exhaustion that volunteers feel at the end of the day. Or it might be the sense of connection people feel when gathered with others to enjoy a fireworks display. So, whether you are an avid participant or occasional observer of parks and recreation, enjoy the benefits. Explore the links in this section to learn more about Asheville Parks and Recreation Department.


ASHEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION
WINTER/SPRING 2016 BROCHURE

Asheville Parks & Recreation invites the whole family to come and join the many fun, educational and athletic programs we offer. Our programs are a safe place for learning, adventure, and fun. Your family will discover old and new friends, experience the excitement of trying something new, and have an awesome time! Programming is purposeful and age-appropriate so every family member can reach their potential as they engage in fun and meaningful activities. 

Click here to download the brochure.

 

 

 

 


Next Session of Toddler Classes Begins Soon  

Fall 2015 toddler classes were full of fun and some classes were at max capacity.  It is now time to check out our new lineup for January-May and get your little one registered.  Due to the popularity of Musical Mondays and Tunes on Tuesdays we will be offering two time slots each week and these classes will require pre-registration.  Visit our website and take a look at all of the classes including Musical Monday, Stretch and Grow, Tykes on Bikes, Tiny Tykes, Wee Owls– Outdoor Play & Explorations and Tunes on Tuesdays. Space is limited so get your toddler registered today! Visitwww.ashevillenc.gov/Parks or call for details! 828-259-5800.  

Click here for all of the class information.  *Please note due to some instructor conflicts some changes have been made since our guide was printed.  This PDF as well as the online guide have been updated.

 

 


Here are the 2016 Youth Basketball Schedules

K-2nd Schedule  3-4th Girls Schedule 3-4th Boys Schedule
5-6th Girls Schedule 5-6th Boys Schedule 7-8th Schedule
High School Schedule    
Locations
Charles D. Owen Middle School Stephens-Lee Recreation Center Shiloh Recreation Center

 

 


 

Primetime Travel
A travel and entertainment experience for seniors!

May 1-7, 2016
7 days / 6 nights
Cape Cod Martha’s Vineyard-Foxwoods Casino
$589/person (double occupancy)

Includes:
Motorcoach transportation
Six nights lodging
Ten meals (6 breakfasts, 4 dinners)
Guided tours of the Outer Cape, Hyannis & Sandwich

For more information and to make reservations:
Melinda Polites (828) 350-2051
Kim Isley (828) 350-2062
Dee Black (828) 259-5809

 

 

 

 


 

It’s nice outside today, but have you thought about where your kids will go when its snows and schools out?

Snow Care
During most inclement weather days when school is out, the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department offers snow care for youth in K-8th grades. The program meets at select community centers and offers a full day of fun including active games, crafts and more. See WLOS for school closings and listings. Youth should bring a lunch, drink, and snack.
8:30 am-6:00 pm Cost: $5 per child per day
Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex, 121 Shiloh Road (County schools), 828-274-7739
Montford Recreation Center, 34 Pearson Drive (City schools), 828-253-3714
For more information please visit our website atwww.ashevillenc.gov/parks


Holiday Camp

Come spend your school holiday with us!  Youth will enjoy games, activities, crafts, field trips, exercise, and all kinds of holiday fun!  This year’s fun will include: field trip to Smoky Mountain Sk8way in Waynesville, Chucky Cheese trip, dance party, inflatables, Xbox/Wii contests, karaoke and joke contest.  Grab your friends and join in the fun. Youth should bring a lunch and a drink daily.

Fee: $40 first child, $30 for each additional sibling
Child on school reduced lunch plan: $30 for first child, $20 for each additional sibling
Child on school free lunch program:  $10 per child
December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31.
8:30am–6:00pm at the Montford Recreation Center
Call 828-253-3714 or visit www.ashevillenc.gov/parks to register today!

Space is limited and all participants must pre-register
& pay.  Refunds not provided.

 


 

COACHES NEEDED

We’re looking for volunteer coaches for the Department’s Youth Basketball and Soccer programs.  Practice for both sports begins in November and the playing season runs January through March.  Coaches will be responsible for running one practice during the week and coaching one game on Saturdays.  Contact Kim Turner at (828) 232-4526 or by email at kturner@ashevillenc.gov for more information and an application form.  




 


 

Outdoor Recreation
Learn to Ski & Snowboard Program for Teens

Friday Nights for Teens at Cataloochee
January 8, 22, 29 & February 5 & 19
(Possible make-up day on February 26)

Teens (ages 12-17) join us for trip to Cataloochee Ski Resort in Maggie Valley for 5 consecutive Friday nights this winter.  Every package includes transportation on a charter bus.  Ski, snowboard and helmet rentals and lessons are available for an additional cost. Registration begins Monday, Dec. 1st at 8:00am on our website:  www.ashevillenc.gov  or at 9:00am over the phone.  

For more information about the program please contact:
Christine Murawski at outdoorprograms@ashevillenc.gov.

Trips depart from the Stephens-Lee Center Parking Lot at 4:15pm; Returns at 11:00pm.  
30 George Washington Carver Ave.

There will be no refunds for any missed sessions. 

  •  Program -Lift tickets:                $240 R, $250 Non-Resident
  •  Ski or Snowboard rentals:        $40 for 5-week program
  •  Helmet Rental                           $15 for 5-week program
  •  Progressive Lessons                $50 for 5-week program
  •  One Beginner Lesson               $10 for the first session only
  •  Transportation Only                  $130 for Pass Holders (no tickets included)


Food Lion  SKATE PARK & BMX 
 
New to Food Lion Skate Park…   
Beginning Saturday August 8 
BMX bikes will be allowed in the park during specific park hours. 
Bikes must have plastic pegs, plastic pedals and plastic or pad-ded handle bars. Bikes with sharp or unprotected edges will not be allowed in the park. 
Riders must wear helmets and protective equipment. Waivers and Park Fees are required for all park users. 

See BMX and Skate Hours here



Linwood Crump Shiloh Center Master Plan Meetings
In preparation of the Linwood Crump Shiloh Center Master Plan, the City of Asheville will host a series of public participation opportunities to gain public input on future programming and facility improvements at the center and the surrounding park complex.

Public Meeting #2: Concept Drawing Comment
January 14, 2016, 6-8 p.m. at Linwood Crump Shiloh Center. Public comment also accepted on January 14 – February 12 at ashevillenc.gov/parks and at the Shiloh Center.

Download the Linwood Crump Shiloh Master Plan Flyer Here

 

 

 

Afterschool Programs

Did you know that Asheville Parks and Recreation offers a variety of afterschool programs for youth and teens? Monday through Friday, 2:45-5:30 pm, youth have the opportunity to attend a NC-licensed childcare program at Vance Elementary, or attend a recreational based Afternoon Adventures program at one of our local Recreation Centers.  We also offer leadership programming for teens 3:30-5:30 pm. Check out the link below for listings and pricing!  Registration begins August 3, 2015.  To register contact your local recreation center.  DOWNLOAD A LIST OF ALL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS HERE.

Burton Street Center

134 Burton Street
Shateisha Lenoir 828-254-1942
slenoir@ashevillenc.gov

Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside
285 Livingston Street
Seth Jackson 828-259-5483
sjackson@ashevillenc.gov

Linwood Crump Shiloh Center
121 Shiloh Road
Tameka Crudup 828-274-7739
tcrudup@ashevillenc.gov

Montford Recreation Center
34 Pearson Drive
Kim Kennedy 828-253-3714
kkennedy@ashevillenc.gov

Stephens–Lee Center
30 George Washington Carver
Ryan Seymour 828-350-2058
rseymour@ashevillenc.gov

Vance
98 Sulphur Springs Road
828-350-6649


 

 


 

 

Montford Recreation Center Indoor Climbing Wall
34 Pearson Drive, Asheville, NC

Open Mondays 5:30-8pm,

Beginner to advanced, all can find the perfect climb!

$5 for 2 hour wall access ($6 for non residents)
Need Climbing Equipment?  $2 harness rental and $2 shoe rental.

Need a belayer?  Call ahead to schedule one. Cost: $9hour.

Long time belayer?  Bring $5 and show off your skills and become
a certified Montford belay card carrier.

Want to learn to belay?  Schedule a belay card instruction class 
for $25 and become a Montford belay card carrier.

For more information call the
Montford Recreation Center
at (828) 253-3714

 

Riverside Cemetery website here

City Services and Weather Update Links: 

City of Asheville Home Page
City of Asheville Facebook Page
City of Asheville Twitter

 


Partnerships

Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation
Friends of the Nature Center 


Other Park Systems Historic Sites in the Asheville Region

Blue Ridge Parkway
Buncombe County Parks, Greenways & Recreation 
National Parks Service
National Register of Historic Places
NC State Parks


Asheville Parks & Recreation Department Overview

Open spaces, parks, recreation and cultural arts provide opportunities for living, learning and leading a full and productive life. Parks and recreation benefit individuals and neighborhoods while having a positive impact on economic growth and environmental preservation.  Asheville Parks and Recreation maintains 54 public parks, 6 miles of greenways, 11 community centers, numerous programs for youth, seniors and outdoor enthusiasts, a comprehensive athletics program, and many facilities that provide resources for a range of activities. 

Department staff are available to speak to community groups on a variety of topics. These may include: Park Planning and Development, Recreation Programs, and Senior Programs, to name a few. To request a speaker call us at 828-259-5800 or email us at parks@ashevillenc.gov  Please be specific in your request and provide at least a month of lead time for staff to adjust their schedules accordingly.

To learn more about the history of the Asheville Parks & Recreation Department click here.

Message from the Director

The benefits of parks and recreation can be a walk in the woods. It can be the sense of exhilaration for the child who hits the ball with a bat for the very first time. It can be the positive feeling of exhaustion that volunteers feel at the end of the day. Or it might be the sense of connection people feel when gathered with others to enjoy a fireworks display. So, whether you are an avid participant or occasional observer of parks and recreation, enjoy the benefits. Explore the links in this section to learn more about Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

Roderick Simmons, Director
Asheville City Hall, Fourth Floor, 70 Court Plaza
Mailing address: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-5800
E-mail:parks@ashevillenc.gov

 

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Vision & Master Plan

The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, Cultural Arts and Greenways Master Plan was completed in 2009 to guide how the City provides these services over the next several years.  For information about the master plan contact the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department at (828) 259-5800 or parks@ashevillenc.gov.

Master Plan Documents:
Asheville FINAL Report
Asheville FINAL Executive Summary 
2013 Greenway Master Plan Updates with Map

Appendices:
Appendix I Demographics and Trends
Appendix II Focus Groups Summary
Appendix III Cost Recovery Pyramid Methodology
Appendix IV GRASP History and Methodology
Appendix V Asheville Park and Facility Inventory and GRASP A 
Appendix VII Alternative Funding
Appendix VIII Sample Partnership Policy
Appendix IX Sample Sponsorship Policy
Appendix X Example Park Development Menu List and Walkability 
Appendix XI Description of Parks

Maps:
Map A Asheville Regional
Perspective A Neighborhood Access to Components
Perspective B Walkable Access to Components
Perspective C Neighborhood Access Indoor Facilities
Perspective D Neighborhood Access Parks & Outdoor Facilities
Perspective E Neighborhood Access Trails
Recommendation Map
Resource Map B System Inventory Map
Resource Map C Sub Area Map
Greenways Recommendation Map 
2013 Greenway Master Plan Updates with Map


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ASHEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION
SUMMER 2015 BROCHURE
JUNE-AUGUST

Asheville Parks & Recreation invites the whole family to come and join the many fun, educational and athletic programs we offer. Our programs are a safe place for learning, adventure, and fun. Your family will discover old and new friends, experience the excitement of trying something new, and have an awesome time! Programming is purposeful and age-appropriate so every family member can reach their potential as they engage in fun and meaningful activities. 


Click here to download the brochure.

ASHEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION
SUMMER 2015 BROCHURE
JUNE-AUGUST

Asheville Parks & Recreation invites the whole family to come and join the many fun, educational and athletic programs we offer. Our programs are a safe place for learning, adventure, and fun. Your family will discover old and new friends, experience the excitement of trying something new, and have an awesome time! Programming is purposeful and age-appropriate so every family member can reach their potential as they engage in fun and meaningful activities. 


Click here to download the brochure.







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