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ROGER McGUIRE GREEN IN PACK SQUARE PARK TO CLOSE FOR REPAIRS

Asheville, NC – The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department announced today that sod replacement will close a portion of Pack Square Park beginning February 26.  The Roger McGuire Green portion of the park will be closed for approximately sixty days to allow the work to be completed and for the sod to develop a strong root system.

 

Pack Square Park is the site for many special events and hosts thousands of visitors throughout the year, sustaining a considerable amount of wear and tear.  By replacing the sod in the offseason, it lessens the impact on visitors during the busier months of the year and allows for a stronger turf.

For updates, visit, www.facebook.com/aprca, or contact Asheville Parks and Recreation at (828) 259-5800. 


 

SUMMER CAMP / REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 22ND

 

This summer parents can keep kids physically active and mentally engaged by signing them up for any of Asheville Parks & Recreation summer camps! We offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, play sports, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. We have camps for all ages and interests, and offer a wide variety ranging from traditional camps, outdoor adventures, sports camps, and specialty camps. Check out all the opportunities in our Summer Camp Guide today! 

Download Here

For more information call 828-259-5800 or you can register online 24 hours a day atwww.ashevillenc.gov/parks.  

 

 


Sign up for an Outdoor Recreation Program Today!
All programs are offered at a reasonable cost with lots of extra value built in. Most fees are noted as R and NR. "R" refers to the fee for an Asheville city resident (living within the city limits), and "NR" refers to the fee for a non-resident (living outside the city limits).

Asheville Parks and Recreations offers a variety of 3 to 5 day Outdoor Adventure Day and Overnight Camps for youth ages 6 to 15.  We have options to fit all our young adventures from paddling and tubing, to caving and geocaching, or visiting Grandfather Mountain.  Come explore all that WNC has to offer with us this summer.  

To Sign up click here.

For more information about the different camps click here.





CHECK OUT THESE SPECIALTY SUMMER CAMPS

This summer parents can keep kids physically active and mentally engaged by signing them up for any of Asheville Parks & Recreation summer camps! We offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, play sports, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. We have camps for all ages and interests, and offer a wide variety ranging from traditional camps, outdoor adventures, sports camps, and specialty camps. Check out all the opportunities in our Summer Camp Guide today! 

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WINTER/SPRING 2016 PROGRAM GUIDE
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.

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SENIOR GAMES AND SILVER ARTS SHOWCASE FOR SENIORS
Join area Seniors for Friendly Competition in a variety of Events Billiards, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Croquet, Badminton, Cycling Races, Swimming, Basketball, Bowling, Golf, Track Events - Short and Long Distance Runs, Field Event - Discus, Softball throw, Shot Put, Spin casting, Football Throw, Standing & Running Long Jumps.

Silver Arts is a component of the Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games & contributes to the total wellness and creativity of our community.  Silver Arts provides a stage for the creative talent of artists in the visual, heritage, literary, and performing arts.
Registration Deadline—Monday, May 16, 2016 Entry Fee—$10

Download Senior Games 2016 information here
Download Silver Arts Showcase 2016 information here
Download Schedule of events information here

For more information contact: Dee Black @ 259-5809 or dblack@ashevillenc.gov
Visit: www.ashevillenc.gov/parks





MOVIES IN THE PARK 2016

Mark your calendars:  Asheville Parks & Recreation’s Movies in the Park series kicks off on Friday, May 13th.  Come out to Pack Square Park and watch a movie under the stars on a giant inflatable screen.  A children’s craft activity will begin at 6:30 and the movie starts at dusk.  Food will be available onsite.  All movies are rated G or PG for the whole family.  FREE!   Here’s this summer’s fabulous line-up:
May 13                 Inside Out
June 10                Finding Nemo
July 8                   Back to the Future
August 12            The Good Dinosaur
September 16      Remember the Titans

Want to be a food or snack vendor for this event?  Click Here and fill out the application and return it by April 29th to be considered



 


 

New for Spring 2016, Adapted Cycling Program!

In conjunction with Jason Mehler, PT and Safe Kids WNC, we are excited to offer this program focused on outdoor play and getting fit through planned games and activities.  This FREE program aims to improve riding skill and teach safe cycling strategies for youth ages 5+, with or without disabilities.  ALL pedaling abilities are welcome, ALL family and friends are invited to come out and ride with us, too!

Participants will need to bring their own bike/trike and helmet, unless other arrangements are made beforehand through the Therapeutic Recreation Program.

Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation Program at (828) 259-5483 or trprogram@ashevillenc.gov to register today!

Dates: 4/10/16, 4/17/16, 4/24/16, 5/1/16
Time:  2:00-3:30
Location:  French Broad River Park, 508 Riverview Drive

 

 

 

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 padded 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

Mondays, 5:30-8pm (begins 3/7)
Tuesdays, 5:30-8pm (ends 3/1)
Thursdays, 2-5pm (ends 3/3)

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.

The wall is also available for group rentals and birthday parties– ask for details! 

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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