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DOGGIE DIP 2015 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Asheville Parks & Recreation is happy to announce the 2nd Annual Doggie Dip dog swim! The Doggie Dip will be held at Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek, on Saturday, September 12 from 12 noon – 5 pm. Dogs 35 pounds and under swim from 12 noon until 2 pm.  Dogs from 36 pounds and over swim from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per dog including one handler through September 11 and $10 per dog & handler the day of the event. Admission for spectators is only $1. The event is rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of lightning.  You’ll need your vet records to show that your pooch is current on vaccinations and has been spayed or neutered.  For more information and to check out the rules, visit our website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks or contact Candy Hensley Shaw at 828-259-5826, chensleyshaw@ashevillenc.gov.

 


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.

Opportunity for public participation begins on July 30, 2015.

Public Meeting #1: Facility and Program Input
July 30, 2015, 6-8 p.m. at Linwood Crump Shiloh Center, 121 Shiloh Road, Asheville, NC 28803. Public comment also accepted online July 30 – August 28 at
ashevillenc.gov/parks and at the Shiloh Center.

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

Toddler Offerings            
Asheville Parks and Recreation has something to offer to everyone in the family, even the wee ones.  Our summer offerings quickly sold out but have a look at what we have planned for toddlers this fall.  Click Here for information.  Program registration will begin in August.  



 

 

ASHEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION
Fall 2015 BROCHURE
AUGUST-DECEMBER

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.

 

 


 

 

Montford Hot August Night 5K

Mark your calendars for the Hot August Night 5k run in Montford! Saturday, August 15th at 7pm.

The race begins and ends in front of the Montford Recreation Center located at 34 Pearson Drive with a winding 3.1 mile course throughout the beautiful and historic Montford Community.  Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for youth.  Early registrations received before August 8 receive a $5 discount and the first 150 receive a race t-shirt.  Race day registration will be held onsite from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Register online at www.active.com, download a registration form below, or in person at the Montford Recreation Center.
Contact Kim Kennedy at 828-253-3714 or KKennedy@ashevillenc.gov.

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM



 

Movies in the Park - Summer 2015

Coming to Pack Square Park downtown Asheville….   A movie experience like never before…..    Asheville Parks and Recreation presents….  Movies in the Park!  Join us this Summer for your favorite new and old features projected on a massive outdoor screen.  Come early for free crafts for the kids at 6:30!  The movie begins at dusk.  Bring the family, friends, and a blanket or chairs.  Local food vendors will be serving up tasty treats throughout the evening. 

  • Friday, May 8 – Big Hero 6
  • Friday, June 12 – The Goonies
  • Friday, July 10 – Surf’s Up
  • Friday, August 14 – Despicable Me 2
  • Friday, September 18 – Into the Woods


 

 

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

 

 


 

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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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