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Stay Active in April

We’ve got 30 days of programs and events to help the community explore, connect, discover in April.


Tiny Tykes Festival on May 5

The free family festival features hands-on experiences and adventures tailored for kids ages 5 and under including tumble and bounce houses, face painting, twisty balloons, craft making, biking, obstacle courses, special guests, train rides, sing-alongs, and more!


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Movies in the Park Brings Free Family Films to Pack Square Park

Bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy recent and classic blockbusters with your neighbors in Pack Square Park on the second Friday of the month. Arrive early for themed giveaways and kids’ activities in the Rec n Roll Play Zone.


FY23 - APR Annual Report

Read the Impact Report

Did You Know? From July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023, APR hosted 585 Activities, Events and Experiences for the community through a variety of programs, services, parks, and specialized facilities. Find out all the FY 23 details in the APR Explorer!


With its oldest parks dating to the 1890s, Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 75 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and courts, and community centers that offer a variety of wellness-, education-, and culture-related programs for Ashevillians of all ages. With 10 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, its complete portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant hub for the people of Asheville to connect with their neighbors and explore the natural beauty of a livable and walkable city.

Driven by the promise that Asheville is a better and safer place when everyone from infants to retirees has the opportunity to be supported, healthy, and successful, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the first nationally-accredited municipal recreation department in the United States.


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Register for parks & recreation programming such as camps and activities for children, teens, and adults.


Information about adult sports leagues and youth athletics programs offered by Asheville Parks & Recreation.

Enjoy Greenways

Explore an interactive map of the Asheville's greenways and learn how to use them for your recreation and transportation enjoyment.

Pools & Splasheville

Hours and information about Asheville's public pools and Splasheville, the free interactive splash pad play fountain in Pack Square Park.

Facility Search

Find Asheville parks, community centers, and pools near you. Search by location, filter by amenity, or view a list.

Community Events

Find upcoming special events, activities, programs, and camps in Asheville.

Related Projects

Carrier Park Playground

Neighborhoods: East West Asheville, Pisgah View Happening Now Carrier Park’s playground is often cited as one of the best in town, but its age requires frequent repairs to maintain its safety. Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) is in the early stages of replacing the current play equipment as part of an exciting community investment project in [...]

Richmond Hill Park Trail Network Expansion

Beginning fall 2023, APR crews and community volunteers plan to increase hiking, walking, and biking options in Richmond Hill Park to include a 1.5-mile spur trail branching off of the existing Purple Trail.

Picnic shelter in Roger Farmer Park in Asheville, North Carolina

Roger Farmer Park

In order to expand recreation opportunities in West Asheville, improvements at Roger Farmer Park include court resurfacing and field conversion.

Asheville Parks & Recreation News

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APR Innovators: Tameka Crudup

APR Innovators is an Asheville Parks & Recreation series highlighting team members going above and beyond to bring huge value to community members through knowledge, connections, and insight that come from a desire to create the best city possible through the power of high-quality recreation programs and safe parks that welcome everyone.   When did you [...]