Parks and Recreation

Department Overview Directors Message
  Vision & Master Plan
Parks Overview Parks & Facilities
  Amenities & Features
  Planning & Development
Recreation Overview Athletics
  Outdoor Recreation
  Recreation Centers
  Recreation Programs
Cultural Arts Overview

WNC Nature Center


                    Picnic Shelter Reservations     


News & Current Events

Aston Park Tennis Center is offering its first intermediate and advanced tennis camp for youth ages 8 to 14! The one week camp runs August 4-8 and will be held each day from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $90 per participant and City of Asheville residents receive a $20 discount.

For more information or to register, call the Aston Park Tennis Center at (828) 251-4074.



July 25-26, 2014

Register now for Asheville Parks and Recreation’s 1st Annual Lumberjack Wooden Bat Softball Tournament and Homerun Derby on July 25 and 26 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The action kicks off on Friday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. with the homerun derby and the winning batter will take home a new 2014 Brian Wegman Easton LV2 bat. The double elimination Lumberjack Wooden Bat Softball

Tournament begins at 
9 a.m. on July 26 with prizes awarded to the top three teams. 
Registration fees are $20 per individual for the Homerun Derby and $200 per team for the Tournament. Space is limited to eight teams for the Tournament, so register soon.

To register or for questions, contact Bryan Fish at (828) 251-4026 or by email at Registrations are also accepted in person at Asheville’s Recreation Park Offices located at 72 Gashes Creek Road.

Click here for rules and info

Mark your calendars for the Hot August Night 5k run in Montford!

Saturday August 16th at 7pm

Runners come and enjoy a competitive run through the historic Montford Community. This 3.1 mile course boasts tree lined streets flanked by many  historic homes and beautiful Bed & Breakfasts.  Come take in the sites and get your workout in.

Register for Hot August Night
Click here for the entry form and mail it with a check or money order made payable to the City of Asheville to:
Hot August Night Race/Montford Community Center
34 Pearson Drive
Asheville, NC  28801

You can also register online at or by clicking the Activity Registration button above. Race day registration will be held from 5:30-6:30pm at the Montford Center, 34 Pearson Drive, Asheville, NC  28801.  Only the first 150 registrants receive a t-shirt; size not guaranteed!
Contact Kim Kennedy at 828-253-3714



Registration starts June 7

Designed for participants who are new to the pool, need to learn water adjustment skills, and basic water safety. Participants will enjoy lessons and water games with the Therapeutic Recreation Staff and Lifeguards. Class will be small group settings. For ages 6 to 21.

Location: Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek
10 am– 10:45 am
Jul. 12-Aug. 9
Fee: $35. City Residents
receive a $10 discount.

Registration begins June 7
For more information 
call Lori Long 828-259-5483 
or visit



Recreation Swim Club 
(press release)


  • When:  Tuesday & Thursday
  • Time: 9:30 am-10:30 am
  • Location: Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek Rd
  • Session 1: June 10-July 3 (Registration begins May 26)
  • Session 2: July 15-August 7 (Registration begins June 30)
  • Cost: $50. City Residents receive a $25 discount





Teen Leadership Program

Looking for a cool and enriching alternative to regular teen summer camps? This program offers creative activities, diverse projects, field trips and more.  For rising 6th to 9th graders.  
June 16-August 15.  Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm.

*Cost: CR-$40/week for first child, $30/week for siblings.  NR-$50/week for first child, $40/week for siblings.  

For more information, contact Allison Dains at  828-251-4081 or

Playground Program 

June 16-August 15.  Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30 pm.

A supervised recreation program for youth located at Montford, Shiloh, Stephens Lee and Malvern Hills recreation sites.  For rising 1st to 5th graders.  Activities include games, crafts, cultural arts and field trips.  

*Cost: CR-$40/week for first child, $30/week for siblings.  NR-$50/week for first child, $40/week for siblings.  

For more information, contact Allison Dains at 828-251-4081 or




June 23-26, 2014

The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation presents the Champions Football Camp for rising 2nd through 7th grade students, June 23-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium located at 30 Buchanan Avenue in downtown Asheville. Registration is $90 before June 1, and $100 after June 1. City of Asheville residents get a $10 discount per person. Space is limited to 50 participants, so register early.

The Champions Football Camp is led by former college football players who will teach football fundamentals, skills, and techniques while focusing on sportsmanship, teamwork, and the social skills to be successful in football. 

Champions Football Camp sponsored in part by Earth Fare, Horizons Wealth Management, and Showtime Sports, and produced by the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation.

For more information or to register, or contact Randy Shaw at 828-259-5483 or



Asheville Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation Program was the recipient of the Best New Program award at this year’s North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association’s Therapeutic Recreation Conference.  The winning program was the new Therapeutic Recreation and Drums (TRAD) class held at the West Asheville Community Center and Charles George VA Medical Center in Oteen.  Using African drums and instruments, the City’s Therapeutic Program Director, Randy Shaw, worked with children and adults with disabilities and helped facilitate drumming classes for veterans that developed self-expression, social skills, and confidence in a recreational setting.

For more information about the program, contact Randy Shaw at 828-259-5483 or

Click here for the press release.


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

Open Mondays & Thursdays 5:30-8pm,
Wednesdays 9:30am-1:30pm.  

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


Summer Camp 2014

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! 

Download the Summer Camp 2014 brochure here.

Click here to sign up now!

Riverside Cemetery website here

City Services and Weather Update Links: 

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


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  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


Back to Top

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

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

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

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

Back to Top

2013 Annual Report
The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department's 2010 Annual Report lists  achievements and programs from the various divisions, boards, and department-wide initiatives.

null null

Back to Top

Stay Connected