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Explore .:. Connect .:. Discover

Digital Flipbook | PDF | Search Programs Online | APR app

The beginning of the year is a great time for Ashevillians of all ages to explore, connect, and discover with Asheville Parks & Recreation. Now is the time to take a look at winter and spring opportunities in the new activity guide with registration dates, information, and listings for hundreds of fitness and active living offerings, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, out-of-school time activities, outdoor recreation, special events, and more.

Digital Flipbook | PDF | Search Programs Online | APR app

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Senior Games and SilverArts
Register today to share your talents with the community.

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APR Summer Camps
APR summer camps offer nine weeks of supervised fun for Asheville’s youngest adventurers, artists, nature lovers, gamers, athletes, scientists, and leaders-in-training. Registration begins on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. Set your alarm because these camps fill up fast!

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Work Out at Asheville Fitness Centers for Free
Looking for an accessible, body positive place to establish a regular fitness routine and build strength, power, and coordination? APR fitness centers at Linwood Crump Shiloh and Stephens-Lee community centers have been recently renovated and you can enjoy unlimited visits for free through June 30.

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Dual Lines Coming to Shared Courts
All outdoor hard surface tennis courts will become dual-lined shared use courts supporting both pickleball and tennis.

Get the avlREC app

Your mobile source that connects you to everything Asheville Parks and Recreation has to offer. Shelters, programs, events, WNC Nature Center, Aston Park Tennis Center, pools, parks, and much more can be found in the palm of your hand.

Currently available on iPhone. Android app coming soon.

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Established in 1956, Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 55 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.


Related Services

Register for programming

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


Information about athletics programs offered by the City of Asheville.

Enjoy greenways

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

Pools & Splasheville

Hours and information about pools and Splashville, Asheville's interactive splash play fountain.

Facility Search

Find parks and facilities near you. Search by location or amenity, or view a list of centers and parks.

Community events

Find upcoming camps, events, and programs and reserve a spot when space is limited.

Related Projects

Murphy-Oakley Inclusive Playground – Bond Investment

Happening Now Communities are diverse. Playgrounds should be, too. Active, independent play is critical to the health, well-being, and social opportunities of all kids. However, the benefits of play are not limited solely to children, but reach across communities throughout one’s lifespan. Although children are the primary user group of playgrounds, truly inclusive environments are designed [...]

Shared Courts for Pickleball and Tennis

Neighborhoods: Five Points, Kenilworth, Malvern Hills, Montford, Norwood Park, Oakley, Spears-Henrietta Happening Now For those unfamiliar with some of the terms used, we’ve provided a glossary at the bottom of the page.  Pickleball and tennis are currently experiencing significant participation increases in Asheville and have ardent supporters advocating for their respective sport. In [...]

Burton Street Park Investments

Asheville Parks & Recreation is collecting input from the Burton Street neighborhood on how to prioritize the spending of $500,000 on new, expanded, and/or updated recreation features in the park that surrounds Burton Street Community Center. This neighborhood investment money has specifically been earmarked for recreation infrastructure improvements in the park.

Asheville Parks & Recreation News

Asheville Parks & Recreation accepting art submissions for Black Legacy Month pop-up gallery

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) invites local artists of all mediums to submit pieces to display during a pop-up gallery celebrating Black Legacy Month from Feb 17-28 at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center . Participants should register online at https://bit.ly/APR_Call_for_Artists and drop off submissions between Feb. 13-16. [...]