Parks and Recreation


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

 


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PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
Adult Athletics Burton St. Center Adult Programs Burton St. Center Youth Programs
Grant Southside Center Family Programs Grant Southside Center Special Programs Harvest House Programs
Montford Center Adult Programs Montford Center Youth Programs Senior Opportunity Center Programs
Linwood Crump Shiloh Adult Programs Linwood Crump Shiloh Special Programs Linwood Crump Shiloh Youth Programs
Stephens Lee Programs Youth Athletics Programs  
     

SPLASHEVILLE!!
Typical operating hours for Splasheville are 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., seven days a week,  April 1st to September 30th.
 
Splasheville hours are subject to change due to unforeseen maintenance, special events and park rentals.  Please visit the Asheville Parks and Recreation facebook page for the most up to date information on daily closures and changes to operating hours.  
 

 


News & Current Events


Hot August Night 2014 – Final Results

The final results are in for the Hot August Night 2014 held this past Saturday, August 16 at the Montford Recreation Center.  More than 150 runners took to the streets for this annual 5K race through the historic Montford neighborhood.  Congratulations to all the runners, especially Josey Weaver and Silje Melnes, our top male and female finishers

 

 

 

 


 

The French Broad River Dog Park is getting a facelift!  

As the result of a generous gift from Purina, Asheville Parks & Recreation is planning a new entrance for one of the most popular dog parks in Asheville.  The park will be closed beginning August 11th and is scheduled to reopen on September 1st.  In the meantime, we invite you to visit the Azalea Dog Park located at 395 Azalea Road.  Follow us on Facebook for construction updates or call us at (828) 259-5800.

 

 

 

 

 



 




1ST ANNUAL DOGGIE DIP 2014

Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Doggie Dip at Recreation Park Pool!
65 Gashes Creek, Asheville, NC 
Saturday, September 6th
Bring your dogs for fun in the sun and some swim time.
12-1pm: Dogs 20lbs or less
1:30-3pm: Dogs 21-50lbs
3:30-5pm: Dogs 51lbs and up
Early Registration $5 per pooch & parent
$10 day of event, spectators $1
Must bring proof of current vaccinations & spayed/neutered
Click the Activity Registration icon above to register or for more information.
Questions? Call 828-259-5800
Brought to you by Asheville Parks and Recreation and the Asheville Humane Society








FALL/WINTER YOUTH ACTIVITY GUIDE 2014

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.

 

 






TODDLER PROGRAMS FOR FALL 2014


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

Click here for the flyer.

 

 

 

 


Art at Oakley

A wonderful enrichment opportunity for your children!

From clay sculpting to acrylic painting to learning how to make your own paper, participants grades k – 8 will be exposed to multiple art disciplines.  All classes will be taught by local artist/licensed art teacher Richmond Smith.  Classes will be held at the Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center beginning September 8th so register now. 

Click here for program prices and information

 

 

 


 


 

 

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 www.active.com 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 kkennedy@ashevillenc.gov


 

 


 

 

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 adains@ashevillenc.gov.

 

 


 

ASHEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROGRAM WINS STATE AWARD

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 rshaw@ashevillenc.gov.

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


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

Appendicies:
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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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.
Annual_Report_Fiscal_12-13_web.pdf

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