Recreation Centers

In This Section

    Recreation centers are located in neighborhoods throughout Asheville and offer a wide variety of programs and services for preschoolers all the way to senior adults. Citizens can choose from classes, fitness, travel, sports, cultural art and many special summer programs designed just for kids.


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    Burton Street

    Senior Opportunity

    East Asheville

    Shiloh Complex

    Harvest House

    Stephens-Lee

    Montford Complex

    Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Center

    Murphy Oakley

    West Asheville

    North Asheville

     

    Eleven centers range from the small neighborhood center including East Asheville, Murphy-Oakley, North Asheville and West Asheville Centers, to large multi-purpose centers at Burton Street, Montford, W.C. Reid, Shiloh and Stephens-Lee Center, to senior centers at Senior Opportunity Center and Harvest House.

     


     

    Recreation Center Hours of Operation


    Center Rentals
    All centers are available to rent for your next big event, birthday party or family reunion. To rent a center, contact the center directly.

    Shelter Rentals
    Many of our Centers have adjacent parks with picnic shelters. For more information about picnic shelter rental/reservations click here.

    Each center offers an array of recreation services and special programs for all ages throughout the year.  Summer brings special fun for kids at Summer Day Camp and the Summer Playground Program. See the centers listed below for more information.

    All centers are available to rent for your next big event, birthday party or family reunion. To rent a center, contact the center directly.Many of our Centers have adjacent parks with picnic shelters. For more information about picnic shelter rental/reservations .Each center offers an array of recreation services and special programs for all ages throughout the year.  Summer brings special fun for kids at Summer Day Camp and the Summer Playground Program. See the centers listed below for more information.

     

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    Volunteers
    Centers rely on volunteers to assist with many youth program activities such as academic tutoring, flag football, basketball, and track. Volunteers are also needed as instructors for arts and crafts, music, dance and outdoor programs. To get involved, call (828) 259-5800.

     


    Burton Street Center

    Shateisha Lenoir, Center Director
    134 Burton Street, Asheville, NC, 28806
    (828) 254-1942 - slenoir@ashevillenc.gov
     
    Burton Street Center features an auditorium, game room, billiard room, arts and crafts room, a computer lab, a weight room and a kitchen.  The park surrounding the center features two basketball courts, a playground and a play field.

    • M-F 2:30-5:30 After school program
    • M-F 3:30-5:30 Teen Program
    • Tues-Thurs 11am-2pm Senior Citizens Program
    • Monday nights 6-7 Yoga
    • Community Association Meeting 3rd Monday of each month
    • Community Thanksgiving Pot Luck in Nov
    • Calendar Tea in April

     

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    East Asheville Center

    906 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC, 28805

    Contact:
    Jennifer Pickering, Executive Director of Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)
    (828) 686-8742 or jennifer@theleaf.org

    Located in the Haw Creek community, East Asheville Center is part of the complex housing the East Asheville Branch Library and a fire station. The center is currently managed by LEAF Community Arts as the base of operations for cultural arts programming and the mobile art lab.


    A large playground, picnic tables, grills and a basketball court are open to the public



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    Harvest House

    Lee Dansby - RCD 1 Sr
    “Senior Citizen Center” - NC Senior Center of Excellence
    205 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville, NC, 28803
    (828) 350-2051 - pdansby@ashevillenc.gov
    Harvest House is located in the Kenilworth neighborhood of east Asheville and provides activities targeted to senior citizens. The center features pool tables, a loaning library, computer, and large and small multipurpose rooms. Several classrooms feature weaving, ceramics and a full-service woodshop.

    Harvest House Senior Center is open weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Exercise Options

    • Slimnastics  Class
    • Balance & Flex Class
    • Contemporary Line Dancing (Beginners & Advanced)
    • International Folk Dance
    • Rosen’s Rascals - Tap Dance
    • Tai Chi Chih

    Cards and other Games

    • Pinochle
    • Rummy
    • Mah Jong
    • Scrabble
    • Cribbage
    • Canasta
    • Rummi-Cube

    Social Activities

    • Monthly Potluck Luncheon
    • Monthly Out to Lunch Group
    • Monthly Daytrips
    • Book Club

    Affiliate Groups

    • Asheville Playback Theater
    • Ashgrove Garland Dancers
    • Blue Ridge Scottish Dancers
    • International Folk Dancers
    • WNC Woodcarvers

    Craft Studios and classes

    • Full service Public Woodshop
    • Weaving Studio with Classes
    • Pottery / Ceramics Studio
    • Jewelry Group
    • Basket Group

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    Montford Complex

    Kim Kennedy, Center Director
    34 Pearson Drive, Asheville, NC, 28801
    (828) 253-3714 - kkennedy@ashevillenc.gov

    To see all of Montfords adult and other programs click here.
    To see all of Montfords youth programs click here.

    Located in the heart of the Montford neighborhood, the Montford Center features the Montford Climbing Wall, gymnasium and two multi-purpose rooms. The center is surrounded by the Montford Complex with a playground, tennis court, lighted ball field and the Hazel B. Robinson Amphitheater.

    The Montford Complex offers the following:

    • After School Adventures
    • Martial Arts & Yoga
    • Hooper's Ball
    • Summer Playground Program
    • Montford Climbing Wall
    • Asheville Badminton Club
    • Asheville Table Tennis Club
    • Open Gym Basketball
    • Spiral Scouts
    • Pawndemonium Chess Tournament
    • Biannual Community Yard Sales
    • Climbing Wall Birthday Parties
    • Hot August Night 5k
    • Montford Music & Art Festival
    • Community Halloween & Easter Events
    • Fruit Tree Workshops
    • Montford Park Players
    • Home school Classes & Events

    Montford Complex Events

    2013 Community Yard Sales
    April 13 and September 7 from 8:00am-1:00pm; 25+ vendors sell their gently used items. Call the center if you are interested in being a vendor.

    Hot August Night 5K
    Saturday, August 17 at 7pm. This 5K race features a route throughout historic Montford Neighborhood.  Fees: $20 adults 13 and over; $15 youth 12 and under.  There is a $5 discount if you register by August 9.

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    Murphy-Oakley Center

    Christen McNamara, Outdoor Recreation Director
    749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC, 28805
    (828) 251-4029 -  cmcnamara@ashevillenc.gov

    Murphy-Oakley Center is located in east Asheville, and is part of the complex housing the Oakley Branch Library and a fire station. The center includes a full service kitchen, classroom and a multi-purpose room. 

    Oakley Park is adjacent to the center featuring a playground, baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts and a large picnic shelter. 

    Murphy-Oaklehy Center Offerings:


    • Aerobics
    • Clogging Classes
    • Circle 8's Square Dance
    • Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps

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    North Asheville Center

    Dee Black, Program Supervisor
    37 East Larchmont Drive, Asheville, NC, 28804
    (828) 259-5809 or dblack@ashevillenc.gov

    The North Asheville Center is a multipurpose center reserved for use by partner or affiliate groups.  Call for a complete list of current groups and activities.

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    Senior Opportunity Center

    Kim Isley, Center director
    Dee Black, Program Supervisor
    “Senior Citizen Center” - NC Senior Center of Excellence
    Hours: 9am-4pm M-F
    36 Grove Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
    (828) 350-2062 or kisley@ashevillenc.gov

    Located in downtown Asheville, the Senior Opportunity Center offers a variety of programs for senior citizens. Along with a multi-purpose area, the center features a greenhouse, craft and sewing room and a billiard room. 

    The "Shining Seniors" Program provides a variety of activities and a hot, nutritious lunch Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch is served at 12 noon. Reservation is required for lunch.

    *There are restrictions as to who can be served the meal sponsored in part by Council on Aging. Interested persons should contact the center for details.   

     

    • Chair Exercise & Bands/Balls
    • Bingo
    • Billiards
    • Arts & Crafts Classes & Workshops
    • Quilting, Sewing & Knitting
    • Pottery
    • Lunch Bunch
    • Acrylic Painting Classes
    • Bid Whiz
    • Mobile Rehab Site (Physical Therapy on site Tues. & Fri.
    • Board & Card Games
    • Scrabble Club
    • Blood Pressure Check
    • Square Dance Clubs
    • Women's Line Dance

     

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    Linwood Crump - Shiloh Center

    Tameka Crudup, Center Director
    121 Shiloh Road, Asheville, NC, 28803
    (828) 274-7739 – tcrudup@ashevillenc.gov

    To see all of the adult programs at Shiloh click here.
    To see all of the youth programs at Shiloh click here.

    Linwood Crump – Shiloh Complex, located in south Asheville, offers a variety of activities for all ages, plus the Youth Enrichment Program offering recreation activities especially for youth. The center features a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, library, weight room and classrooms; and is surrounded by Shiloh Park with lighted ball field, basketball courts, tennis court, walking track and a playground. Contact the center to reserve the park or meeting rooms.

    Afternoon Adventures Program
    Monday-Friday, 2:45-5:30pm, on Buncombe County schooldays, for grades K-5
    Homework assistance, group games, arts/crafts and special activities.
    Fees:
    General: $40/week/first child, $30/siblings
    Families on reduced school meal plan: $30/week/first child, $20/siblings
    Families on free school meal plan: $10/week/each child

    Teen Club Program
    Monday-Friday, 2:45-5:30pm, on Buncombe County schooldays, for grades 6-9
    Homework assistance, group games, arts/crafts and special projects or trips.
    Fees:
    General: $40/week/first child, $30/siblings
    Families on reduced school meal plan: $30/week/first child, $20/siblings
    Families on free school meal plan: $10/week/each child

    Teen Hip Hop Dance Club
    Wednesday, 6-7pm
    Learn an array of new style dancing and a culture of dance moves from the 1970’s that involve breaking, locking and popping.  Mix your own freestyle form and develop unique routines.  Fee: $2 per class

    Adult Open Gym
    Monday and Thursday, 6-8pm and 3rd Saturday, 12-4 pm
    Pick up basketball games.  First team to hit 12 points wins and last game is a run of 16 points.  All participants must be 16 and older to access gym.

    Line Dancing Class
    Thursday, 6-7 pm
    Learn new and old line dances to music through the years…Electric Slide...Cupid Shuffle...Wobble...Cha Cha Slide…Down South Shuffle…Mississippi Mudd Slide...Cane Wayne with It...Step & Stomp...The Brand New Slide…and more. Fee: $1 per class

    Busy Hands Senior Club
    Tuesday, 11 am-1pm
    Program provides membership into North Carolina Association of Senior Citizens Club and offers activities such as crafts, senior exercise and trips.  Join our fellowship and embrace the fun!

    Senior Chair Exercise and Council on Aging Senior Meal
    Friday, 11:15am–1:15 pm
    Seniors age 65+ can increase mobility and strength through innovative chair exercises, then stay to enjoy a healthy senior meal for $1.50. Offered in partnership with the Council on Aging.

    Diabetic Prevention Program
    Wednesday, 12-1 pm
    To assist folks who have a high risk of developing type-2 diabetes.  Learn to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating more nutritiously, increasing physical activity and loosing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce chances of developing the disease. Program is offered in partnership with the YMCA, and at this time, is available only to residents of areas surrounding the Shiloh Community. 

    Health and Wellness Programs

    Variety of activities that focus on developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Offered in partnership with Shiloh Community Association, ABIPA and YMCA.  

    Family Zumba Fitness
    2nd, 3rd, 4th Monday monthly, 6-7 pm
    Family oriented fitness with focus on maintaining a healthy weight through
    fun cardio

    Walk and Tone
    Wednesday, 11am-12pm
    Building endurance, weight loss and toning through walking

    Healthy Living Program
    Wednesday, 1-2:30 pm
    Learn to develop skills to assist in self-management of chronic disease, heart health and diabetes.  Healthy lunch offered.

    Adult Fitness Class
    Thursday, 12-1:30 pm
    Maintain good health and build endurance through exercise and education on how to avoid illness and disease.


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    Stephens-Lee Center

    Candy Shaw, Center Director
    LaTanya McDowell, Assistant Center Director
    Jessica Johnston, Assistant Center Director
    30 George Washington Carver, Asheville, NC, 28801
    (828) 350-2058 - chensleyshaw@ashevillenc.gov

    To see all of the programs at Stephens-Lee Center click here.

    The Stephens-Lee Center is located off S. Charlotte Street at Max Street. The center offers a wide variety of programs and classes for all ages, with special emphasis on wellness and fitness for women.  The center features a gymnasium and fitness center with free weights, treadmills, recumbent bikes, Stairmaster, elliptical machines, chest press multi-leg extension and multi-pull machine.  “Women only” workout times are designed specifically for women by women. The park surrounding the center includes playgrounds, a basketball court and the Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Garden.

    Summer Youth Programs
    Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts is offering summer fun for kids with a variety of camps and special programs. For information or to register for any of these activities, call the contact person listed with each program. For other information about Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, call 259-5800 or visit www.ashevillenc.gov.

    Summer Playground Program: June - August 2013
    A supervised recreation program for rising first-fifth graders, located at Asheville area community centers.   Activities include games, crafts, cultural arts and field trips.  Runs 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.  For information and to register, contact your local community center or Allison Dains at adains@ashevillenc.gov.

    Summer Teen Program:  June - August 2013
    Looking for a cool and enriching alternative to the traditional teen summer camps? Try the Teen Enrichment Program, which offers creative activities, diverse and creative projects, field trips and more.   This program is a ten-week program for rising 6th to 9th graders.  For additional information, contact Stephens-Lee Recreation Center at 350-2058 or Allison Dains at adains@ashevillenc.gov.

    Current Classes, Activities and Events at Stephens-Lee Center

    Classes

    • Women Only Workout-Fitness Center:  Monday, 5:00-6:00 pm, free
    • Men Only Workout-Fitness Center:  Monday, 6:00-7:00 pm, free
    • Step Aerobics & Weights:  Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00-7:00 pm, free
    • Zumba:  Wednesday 6:00-7:00 pm, free
    • Temple Fit Club (P90X, Insanity and more): Monday 5:30-6:45 pm, free
    • Walking for Wellness:  Monday, Thursday, 12-12:30pm; 1-2 mile route walk

    Fitness Center 

    • Cardio equipment, free weights and more
    • Individual Annual Passes (Jan-Dec): $75/Asheville resident, $80/non-resident
    • Day passes: $5/Asheville resident; $10/non-resident
    • Ask about discounted Family Passes

    Activities

    • Pickle Ball:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9-11 am.  Fun game that combines tennis, ping pong, badminton.  Paddles, balls provided. Cost: $1/day
    • Afternoon Adventures:  Monday-Friday, 2:45-5:30 pm.  After school program for youth, K-5th grade.  Homework assistance and recreational activities. Fee $13/child/week
    • Tiny Tykes: Wednesday, Friday, 10 am-12 noon.  Organized crafts, active play.  Great way for you and your toddler to socialize! $1/class for toddlers and parents
    • Birthday Party Program:  Let us host your child’s next birthday party, with a variety of packages available.  We’ll provide the space and clean up the mess…you do the rest!  All parties have a 2-hour time limit and must be booked 2 weeks in advance. Contact staff for available dates and pricing.
    • Saturday Open Gym: Second Saturday monthly from 12-4 pm

    Events

    • Black History Expo-Feb. 23, 2013 (added)
    • Tiny Tykes Day- May 5, MLK Jr. Park (added)

    Ongoing at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center 

    • Afternoon Adventures
    • Youth Holiday Camps  
    • Fitness Center
    • Teen Program
    • Black History Expo
    • Community Garden
    • Fall Festival
    • Odyssey of the Minds / Home school
    • Step Aerobics
    • Open Gym
    • Stephens-Lee Alumni Association
    • Pickle Ball
    • Monday Night Open Gym
    • Tiny Tykes - Toddler Program

     

    For more information on any activity, contact the center at 828-350-2058. 

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    Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Center

    Randy Shaw, Center Director
    William Hoke, Assistant Center Director
    285 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
    (828) 259-5483 - rshaw@ashevillenc.gov

    To see all of the Grant Southside Center programs click here.

    Located in central Asheville, the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Center is the home to a variety of creative programs for all ages. The center features classrooms and an auditorium with a stage.

     

    • After School Program
    • Homework Assistance
    • Open Gym
    • Holiday Camps
    • Kids Day/Night Out
    • Family Movie Nights
    • Girl Scouts
    • Back to School Bash
    • Community Day
    • Father/Daughter Ball
    • Mothers Day Event
    • Developing Future Male Leaders
    • Black History Month Events 

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    West Asheville Center

    Randy Shaw
    970 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
    Phone (828) 259-5483 (c/o Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center)
    rshaw@ashevillenc.gov

    West Asheville Center is located in the heart of West Asheville, and is part of the complex housing a fire station and police resource center. The center includes a full service kitchen and a multi-purpose room. A playground and basketball court are adjacent to the center. Call for a complete list of activities and availability of rental space.

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