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Do you know Asheville Parks and Recreation?  Do you know all that we do?  Check out our new commercials and see some of the awesome things we offer.  You may even see some of your friends and neighbors in the video! 


April 23-May 8, 2015

Join area Seniors for Friendly Competition in a variety of Events.  Download entry forms and schedules below:

Senior Games Booklet
Senior Games Schedule 2015
Silver Arts Showcase

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.

For more information contact:
Dee Black @ 259-5809 or

See Program Offerings by Recreation Center

Adult Athletics Senior Opportunity Center Programs
Burton St. Recreation Center Adult Programs Shiloh Center Adult Programs
Burton St. Recreation Center Youth Programs Shiloh Center Youth Programs
Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center Programs Shiloh Center Special Programs
Harvest House Programs Therapeutic Programs
Montford Center Adult Programs Youth Athletics
Montford Center Youth Programs
Montford Center Toddler Programs





News & Current Events



Stephens–Lee Center is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen in June 2015.  Center programs have been relocated to the following centers: Linwood Crum Shiloh Complex, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center & the Montford Complex

The New Summer Camps 2015 Guide is HERE!

New Outdoor Adventures Guide for Summer 2015 is HERE!

Bojangles' Easter Eggstravaganza

WNC’s largest free Easter event!

Saturday March 28, 2015, 2-4pm 

at Carrier Park
220 Amboy Road
Asheville, NC
Inflatables, Entertainment, Mt. Thunder Cloggers, Easter Bunny, Face Painting,
Easter egg hunt at 4p.m.

Information @ 828-259-5800





January - May

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.







Snow Days=Fun Days!

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-5:30 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.




New Youth Coed Indoor Soccer Program

It’s cold outside but perfect in our gyms for Indoor Soccer!  This year Asheville Parks and Recreation offers youth indoor soccer for boys and girls K-8th grades. Teams will be based out of the recreation centers so choose the facility that is most convenient for your family for practice purposes. Teams will practice once a week and have one game per week. Games will be played on Saturday mornings.

The program will run from January- March.
Registration: October 27th - December 1st
Cost: $15, City Residents receive a $5 discount.

Contact your nearest recreation center to register:

Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center,
 285 Livingston Street, (828) 259-5483

Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex,
121 Shiloh Road, (828) 274-7739

Burton Street Center, 
134 Burton Street, (828) 254-1942

Stephens-Lee Center,
30 George Washington Carver Ave.,
(828) 350-2058

Montford Complex,
34 Pearson Drive, (828) 253-3714






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 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


Break Dancing has moved from Grant Center...
Break Dancing has been moved to the Odyssey School January –May of 2015, 
but will be returning to Stephens-Lee Center once renovations are complete June 1, 2015.  




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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