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Free | Pack Square Park | Thursday, August 18 | 7-10 p.m.
As summer break comes to an end, teens can celebrate the start of a new school year with music, games, giveaways, dancing, performances, photo booths, and more. The block party-style event follows a back-to-school fair in the same space for all ages, the United for Youth Block Party.

Bring your chairs or a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars.
Honey I Shrunk the Kids – August 12
Movies start at dusk in Pack Square Park with activities in the Rec n Roll Play Zone beginning at 7 p.m.

Looking for some fun activities this summer? We have plenty to chose from!

Movies in the Park, Anime Club, Bingo, Horseshoes and more!

Find it in our Summer Program Guide



Splasheville Closed

The popular interactive splash pad in Pack Square Park  will reopen following replacement of essential components. Pop-up water fun days are scheduled at various locations for families in need of a cool down.



Kid Playing Jenga with Rec n Roll

Rec n Roll
The Rec n Roll van is on the move this summer!
Can you spot it?
Find out more on our calendar and see when we are at a park near you.

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Currently available on iPhone, Android app coming soon

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Aston Park Tennis Center

Purchase your season pass today   |   Online court reservations

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday -Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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 8 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

Walton Street Pool Historic Designation

In 2018, the City of Asheville began researching and documenting historic resources specifically related to African American heritage in Asheville. During the first phase of architectural survey, it was determined that the Walton Street Pool is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The City has received an application from the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County to designate the pool as a Local Historic Landmark, which is currently under review by the Historic Resources Commission.

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.

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