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News & Current Events
HAVE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!
SEATS ARE GOING FAST!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Have breakfast with Santa and get your picture takent to download at Flickr. Celebrate the holidays on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Center located at 285 Livingston Street. The morning will be full of fun with a pancake breakfast, a holiday-themed dance workshop in the auditorium, and you can make your very own ornament to take home. Designed for children ages 2 through 9 and their parents, the cost is $8 per person with two breakfast seating's at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Space is limited to 50 people per seating, so reservations are required.
To register click here. or call 828-259-5800.
Holiday Camp 2013 for K – 5th Graders!
Asheville Parks and Recreation is hosting Holiday Camp 2013 at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center on December 23, 26, 27, 30 & 31 from 8:30am – 5:30pm. The fee is only $40 for the first child and $30 for each additional child in your family!
Youth will enjoy crafts, group games, field trips and more. All participants must arrive on-site by 10:00 am and will need to bring a lunch and drink to camp each day.
Asheville Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation
presents Future Cats Adapted Basketball.
A non-competitive program for FUN!
- For boys/girls, ages 6 and up, with or without a disability.
- Team placement is based on age/ability level.
- Learn basic basketball skills & develop teamwork and sportsmanship.
- The games will be held on Saturdays from mid-January to early March.
- Fees are $40 for Asheville residents & $45 for non-residents.
- Fees cover instruction, trophy, a Charlotte Bobcats youth jersey and a ticket to a Bobcats game.
Early Registration at Family Fun Day Holiday Fest:
Saturday, December 14, 11am to 3pm
WNC Agriculture Center Expo Building
Friday, December 20 4-7pm
Friday, January 3, from 4-7pm
West Asheville Community Center, 970 Haywood Rd
We are looking for ……Coaches, Volunteers, Sponsors to assist us in creating an accessible opportunity for youth to enjoy the game of basketball!
For more information and eligibility requirements contact the Therapeutic Recreation office at 828-259-5483, or email: email@example.com
“Family Fun Day Holiday Fest”
The 13th annual Family Fun Day Holiday Fest will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the WNC Agricultural Center-Expo Building, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. Open to the public, the event is designed especially for persons with disabilities and their families, and will feature entertainment, family activities, music, games, information, and food. The event will also be a time to recognize the diversity of our community, to promote community inclusion, and to advocate for persons of all ages and abilities. Admission is free. Download the flyer.
Family Fun Day Holiday Fest is sponsored by Mission Children’s Hospital and Family Support Network of WNC, and presented in partnership by Asheville Parks and Recreation, Asheville City Schools, Irene Wortham Center, NAMI/Four Seasons, Camp Lakey Gap, Earth Fare, Simply Home, Bayada Pediatrics, Autism Society of North Carolina, Disability Partners, ResCare Home Care, Universal MH/DD/SAS, and Arc of Buncombe County. For more information on the event, call 828-298-1977.
Parent’s Night Out at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center
Asheville Parks and Recreation will host a Parent’s Night Out event on Friday, November 8, and again on December 6, from 6-9 pm, at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, located at 30 George Washington Carver Ave.
Designed for children ages 5-12, Parent’s Night Out offers a night of wholesome fun for the kids and a well-deserved break for their parents. Activity cost is $5 per child per night.
For more information or to register your child, contact the center at 828-350-2058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE – SKI & SNOWBOARD PROGRAMS FOR TEENS
Asheville Parks & Recreation will begin accepting registrations on Monday, November 18 for the 2014 Teen Ski and Snowboard program. Geared for 12-17 year olds, the program package is a great gift idea and offers five, Friday-evening sessions of ski or snowboard this winter at Cataloochee Ski Mountain in Maggie Valley, NC.
Trip dates are January 10, 24, 31, and Feb 7, 14, with a make-up date February 21. Package prices begin at $240 for Asheville residents, $245 for non-city residents, and include lift tickets, lessons, and transportation on a charter bus. Ski, snowboard and helmet rentals are available for additional cost. For ski season pass-holders, five-week transportation fee only is $120 for Asheville residents, $125 for non-city residents.
For more information about the program and to register, contact Christen McNamara at 828-251-4029, or email@example.com.
MONTFORD RECREATION CENTER CLOSES FOR GYMNASIUM RENOVATION
The Montford Recreation Center, located at 34 Pearson Drive in Asheville, will be closed October 14 – November 8 during renovations to gymnasium. During this time, Montford Center programs and staff will be relocated at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center located at 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.
Renovations on the gym began in August with removal of the bleachers, new lighting and interior paint. Work is now beginning to replace the gym floor, followed by installation of new bleachers. The renovation work is expected to be complete by January 2014.
The Montford Center will reopen on a regular schedule on November 11, 2013.
For information contact:
Kim Kennedy, Center Director, 828-253-3714, firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Dains, Program Supervisor, 828-251-4081, email@example.com
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
AT LINWOOD CRUMP - SHILOH COMPLEX
Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts is offering a variety of community activities and programs at the Linwood Crump - Shiloh Complex, located at 121 Shiloh Road. Registration ongoing. Photo ID required for center access after 5:30pm. For more information click here.
- Afternoon Adventures Program
- Teen Club Program
- Teen Hip Hop Dance Club
- Adult Open Gym
- Busy Hands Senior Club
- Senior Chair Exercise and Council on Aging Senior Meal
- Diabetic Prevention Program
- Health and Wellness Programs
- Family Zumba Fitness
- Walk and Tone
- Healthy Living Program
- Adult Fitness Class
CITY OF ASHEVILLE ISSUES CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR PUBLIC ART
51 Biltmore Public Art Project
The City of Asheville is seeking to commission a qualified artist or team of artists to create a permanent exterior public art feature above the parking garage exit at the north side of the Aloft Hotel on Aston Street. The Aloft Hotel at 51 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville is a visible landmark in the skyline, set apart by its contemporary architecture and vibrant color scheme. 51 Biltmore is the shared address of the City of Asheville’s new parking complex which is the site for the public artwork. The 51 Biltmore Public Art Project is intended to enhance the sense of local identity in downtown Asheville, as well as compliment the architecture of the Aloft Hotel and is part of the City’s Percent for Art mandate.
This is a nationwide call with preference given to all qualified local artists/teams of artists who currently live in North Carolina in Buncombe, Yancey, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Henderson, Madison, Haywood, Transylvania, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham, Clay and Cherokee counties (proof of residency will be required).
Artists’ qualifications will be accepted electronically through October 30, 2013 at CallforEntry.org, also known as CaFÉ™. Project specifications and instructions on how to apply are located at www.callforentry.org. For information about the call for artists, contact Basil Punsalan at 828-259-5552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Asheville Public Art Program oversees Asheville’s public art collection with assistance of the Public Art & Cultural Commission. The collection includes the popular Urban Trail, a historic walking tour of downtown Asheville; along with other prominent works in the downtown area including but not limited to the Pack Fountain, Energy Loop, Deco Gecko and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Download the RFQ here.
New public art installation and renovation at U.S. Cellular Center
A new chapter in the 4-year renovation and updating of the U.S. Cellular Center begins this week with the installation of a new terrazzo floor in the lobby of the Thomas Wolfe Theater.
The public artwork, designed by artist Joan Weissman, will be a vibrant addition to the U.S. Cellular Center, enhancing the experience for visitors while preserving the architectural feel of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and Asheville’s Art Deco style.
“The goal was to respect and refer to the site’s structural and decorative details, while adding a fresh and dramatic new focal point,” Weissman says.
Weissman was selected from a pool of 50 artists who responded to the City of Asheville’s call for artists in April. The call for artists was open to artists both local and national and who had experience in terrazzo floor design. Three finalists were selected, and a panel consisting of local artists and representatives from the City of Asheville and the Public Art and Culture Commission brought its recommendation before the full Commission for approval.
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Riverside Cemetery gets the GIS treatment and a new website!
Riverside Cemetery website here
Riverside Cemetery city webpage here
Article/Blog about the Riverside Cemetery GIS
The City of Asheville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and IT Services are partnering to compile an entire online inventory of the Riverside gravesites that can be accessed via computer or even on a smart phone.
Riverside Cemetery is best known to many as the resting place of author and Asheville native Thomas Wolfe as well as other prominent local historical figures like Zebulon Vance, but another 14 to 15 thousand people have been buried on the 87 acre site in
the past century and a half. The City of Asheville is currently piecing together an intricate puzzle of archival material to pinpoint and identify every grave and build an interactive GIS map of Riverside Cemetery.
RICHMOND HILL PARK
is a 180-acre park located in West Asheville on Richmond Hill Dr. A natural wooded park with views of the French Broad River, it offers nature trails for dog walking, hiking, trail running and mountain biking.
Richmond Hill also hosts a world class disc golf course. The 18 hole course, with its heavily wooded fairways and elevation change in abundance, will challenge even the best player’s game… while still allowing novice players the ability to have a great time playing disc golf in the woods.
Directions to the park may be found here.
French Broad River Park and Greenway
One of Asheville's most beautiful parks and greenways, the park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a one acre fenced and wood chipped yard for off-lease exercising and socializing your dog. Follow the links to our pet friendly facilities.
French Broad RIver Greenway
French Broad River Park / Dog Park
Azalea Park / Dog Park
Grassroots Arts Program Grant Awards Announced / 16 Local Organizations Receive Over $45,000
The City of Asheville Cultural Arts Division is pleased to announce that 16 organizations in Buncombe County have been awarded 2013 North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program Grants. Collectively, the 16 awarded grants total more than $45,000.
Using a per capita based formula, the Grassroots Arts Program Grant provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state. Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Buncombe County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide art and cultural programs in the count. More about Grassroots Arts Program Grant Awards here.
Contact Basil Punsalan at 828-259-5552 or email@example.com
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
Pack Square Conservancy
"The Arts -Ask for More" - Americans for the Arts
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
Agency Accreditation CAPRA Standards
Detailed information on each of the 155 standards
|Charged with providing high quality recreation services and experiences, an increasing number of park and recreation agencies across the country are applying for the Agency Accreditation Program through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).
CAPRA administers a rigorous program based on self-assessment and peer review using national standards of best practice to better promote the quality of agency services and delivery systems.
Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government and schools.
Agency accreditation is voluntary, but an essential piece to producing quality environments for communities to play, live and grow.
Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department
The Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is dedicated to enhancing your quality of life by providing diverse cultural and recreational experiences.
Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department is The First Nationally Accredited Municipal Parks & Recreation Department and an NRPA Gold Medal Award Winner (2002).
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.
Some department staff are available to speak to community groups on a variety of topics. These may include: Park Planning and Development, Public Art, Recreation Programs, and Senior Programs, to name a few. To request a speaker, call Frank McGowan, Superintendent of Business Services, at 259-5811 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be specific in your request and provide at least a month of lead time for staff to adjust their schedules accordingly.
Bid Requests and RFP's
Grounds Maintenance Services at Pack Square Park
Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting: Oct 24, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Asheville Public Works Bldg, 161 S Charlotte St
Large Conference Room, 1st Floor
Bid details and download 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
Main office location: 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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The City of Asheville began park and recreation services in the late 1890s with the construction of Riverside, Montford and Aston Parks. Shortly after, Recreation Park, McCormick Field and the Municipal Golf Course were added to the system. With a growing park system, the City developed the Parks and Playgrounds Division under the Public Works Department.
Augusta L. Barnett was appointed the first director of the Parks and Recreation Department in 1956. Although Barnett made significant improvements to recreation programs, she did not have the luxury of having quality facilities, and was forced to use schools and YMCA facilities to house programs.
After Barnett's retirement in 1971, Ray L. Kisiah became the director. During his tenure, Parks and Recreation experienced tremendous growth due to the abundance
of federal funds to support public parks and recreation facilities throughout the United States. In all, over $5.2 million of non-city funds renovated existing facilities and built new ones.
Kisiah retired in 1995 and Irby Brinson was named director. In 1994, Parks and Recreation became the first municipal recreation department to receive national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and was re-accredited in 2004.
In 1997, Parks and Recreation began upgrading Asheville's parks and recreation system by developing the first long-range comprehensive master plan, the Asheville Parks and Recreation 2015 Comprehensive Master Plan and the Asheville Greenways Master Plan in 1998. Both serve as the guide to improvements to existing facilities and addition of new, greenway development, land acquisition, expansion of services and staff, and development of funding opportunities.
The National Recreation and Parks Association named Asheville Parks and Recreation the Gold Medal winner in 2002. Top-notch departments from around the
country vie for the award each year in four different categories based on population size.
In 2005, the City of Asheville received significant recreation facilities from Buncombe County as part of the water agreement negotiations. The Municipal Golf Course, Nature Center, McCormick Field, Aston Park and Recreation Park joined the Asheville Parks and Recreation family.
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 and Cultural Art Department at (828) 259-5800 or email@example.com.
Master Plan Document
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
Resource Map B System Inventory Map
Resource Map C Sub Area Map
Greenways Recommendation Map
2013 Greenway Master Plan Updates with Map
2011 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.
2011-2012 Annual Report