Recreation Centers

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    https: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.

    Burton Street Montford Complex  Senior Opportunity  Southside Center 
    East Asheville Murphy Oakley Shiloh Complex West Asheville
    Harvest House North Asheville Stephens-Lee  

    Center Rentals
    Many centers are available to rent for your next big event, birthday party or family reunion. To rent a center from the list below, 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.

    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 -
    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.


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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

    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” 
    205 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville, NC, 28803
    (828) 350-2051 -
    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


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    Montford Complex

    Kim Kennedy, Center Director
    34 Pearson Drive, Asheville, NC, 28801
    (828) 253-3714 -

    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.

    Montford Complex Events

    Community Yard Sales

    Hot August Night 5K

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    Murphy-Oakley Center

    Christine Murawski, 251-4029
    749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC, 28805

     Murphy-Oakley Center is located in east Asheville, and is part of the complex housing the Oakley Branch Library and a fire station. This center is the home base for the Outdoor Recreation Programs.   

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

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    North Asheville Center

    Dee Black, Program Supervisor
    37 East Larchmont Drive, Asheville, NC, 28804
    (828) 259-5809 or

    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” 
    Hours: 9am-4pm M-F
    36 Grove Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
    (828) 350-2062 or 

    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.  


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    Linwood Crump - Shiloh Center

    Tameka Crudup, Center Director
    121 Shiloh Road, Asheville, NC, 28803
    (828) 274-7739 –

    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.

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    Stephens-Lee Center

    Ryan Seymour, Center Director
    LaTanya McDowell, Assistant Center Director
    Jessica Johnston, Assistant Center Director
    Kirk Williams, Program Leader

    30 George Washington Carver, Asheville, NC, 28801
    (828) 350-2058 or

    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.

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

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    Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Center

    Ryan Seymour, Center Director
    285 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
    (828) 259-5483

    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.


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    West Asheville Center


    Lori Long
    970 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
    Phone (828) 259-5483 (c/o Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center)

    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.


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