What we do

Open spaces, parks and recreation 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. The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department maintains 54 public parks, 6 miles of greenways, 10 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.

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2022 Winter-Spring Program Guide2022 Winter-Spring Program Guide!

Would you like to join a running club? Or maybe start playing pick-up basketball? Or just join a Zumba class?

Find it all right here! In our Winter-Spring Program Guide!



Toddler Programs FlierDo you have a Messy Toddler?

Maybe you have a Tiny Tyke, a Tiny Scientist or a Prehistoric Pal.

Look into our toddler programs starting in January and find something for your little ones!



Get the avlREC app!

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 Tennis, Pools, Parks and so much more!

Currently available on iPhone, Android app coming soon!


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.

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

Weaver Park

The project will include rebuilding the tennis courts, resurfacing the basketball court, replacing the park bridge, improving the parking lots, landscaping, and installing new park lighting.

Sweeten Creek Road Park

The City of Asheville purchased a 10.88 acre tract of land owned by Carolina Day School adjacent to their athletic facilities at 2351 Sweeten Creek Road. The funding for this purchase comes from the 2016 general obligation bond approved by Asheville voters of which $2 million was allocated for park land acquisition and development in south Asheville.

Parks and Recreation News

Get moving with Asheville Parks & Recreation’s city-wide free Fit 50 Challenge

Ashevillians looking for motivation to get moving during colder months can join friends, neighbors, and other community members as the city runs, walks, and rolls during the free Fit 50 Challenge. Back for its second year, Asheville Parks & Recreation’s challenge allows participants to track their progress as they complete 50 miles between February 1-April 1.

Wellness Wednesday: Walking for fun and fitness

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health and wellness. Just 30 minutes of walking each day can increase cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) capacity, strengthen bones, improve balance, reduce body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, joint stiffness, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.