Parks and Recreation

Directors Message Parks & Facilities  Aston Park Tennis Center
Vision & Master Plan Amenities & Features  Food Lion Skate Park
Department History   
Recreation Programs  Greenways
        Outdoor Recreation  McCormick Field
Athletics  Municipal Golf Course
Cultural & Public Art
Recreation Centers  Riverside Cemetery
The Urban Trail Therapeutic Recreation  WNC Nature Center    


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News & Current Events

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.



Registration is open for youth basketball for boys and girls in 3rd – 6th grades.  Teams will practice once a week and have one game per week. The season runs from November through mid-February.  Cost is only $15 and City Residents receive a $5 discount!  To register, contact your local recreation center by phone or in person.  You can also register online 24 hours a day at
For more information, contact Kim Turner at or at (828) 232-4526.




The Asheville Parks and Recreation 2014 Fall/Winter Youth Activity Guide is now available!  Don’t miss out on all of our afterschool and youth athletic programs offered this school year.  Our programs offer learning, adventure, and fun.  Your child 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 all children have the opportunity to reach their potential as they engage in fun and meaningful activities. 


Click here for the full guide.




Check out all of the fun things going on this fall for the little ones in the family.  Registration begins Monday, August 18th at or by visiting the program center location.  All programs begin the week of September 8th.

Click here for the flyer.






Begins April 30th

Wednesday nights at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center

Assemble your team! $125 per team

18yrs old and up  6-10 players including 2 females.

For more information or to sign up contact
Ryan Seymour at
or 828 350-2058





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




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


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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

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

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2015 Asheville Learn to Ski & Snowboard Program

The program takes teens (ages 12-17) 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: or at 9:00am over the phone.  For more information about the program please contact Christen McNamara

Friday Nights for Teens at Cataloochee

Transportation on a charter bus is included.
Dates: Jan. 9, 23, 30…Feb. 6, 13, and possible make-up on Feb. 20
Departs the Public Works Parking Lot (161 South Charlotte Street) at 4:15pm; Returns at 11:00pm.
There are no refunds for any missed sessions. 


            Program -Lift tickets:               $235 R, $245 Non-Resident

            Ski or Snowboard rentals:        $35 for 5-week program

            Helmet Rental                           $10 for 5-week program

            Progressive Lessons                  $30 for 5-week program

            One Beginner Lesson               $10 for the first session only

            Transportation Only                 $125 for Pass Holders (no tickets included)

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