What we do

All outdoor programs and events scheduled for October 1-2 have been postponed. If you previously registered for an event or class, please check your email, the APR app, or the online registration system for more information.


Youth mountain biking, game nights, therapeutic recreation, adult social sports, art classes, and so much more!

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Fall for Asheville Parks & Recreation – and receive a gift!
While enjoying the return of cool, crisp air this season, join friends and neighbors in the Fall for Asheville Parks & Recreation selfie challenge to receive an APR tote bag. Visit at least eight of 15 locations by November 30, snap a selfie and use #Fall4APR, and tag us.

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$500 Cash Prize .:. Midnight Madness Basketball Tournament .:. October 15, 7 p.m.-Midnight
Midnight Madness is a 3-on-3 format with teams of up to six co-ed players allowed. The $50 team entry fee includes a Midnight Madness jersey for each player, swag bag, prizes, food, and entertainment.


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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 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

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.

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.

Asheville Parks & Recreation News

Fall for Asheville Parks & Recreation – and receive a gift!

Out-of-towners like to speculate when fall foliage will peak in Asheville to plan a visit. For locals, the beauty of living in the Blue Ridge Mountains means the chance to enjoy a regional show of bright yellow, burnt orange, and vibrant purple hues that can last six to eight weeks. That span is shorter in [...]

Wellness Wednesday – Make a budget and stick to it

Before running a long distance race, many people start with a Couch to 5K training plan. The nine-week plan was designed to take someone from a couch potato to running 5,000 kilometers (around 3.1 miles) or 30 minutes. The plan is successful for many people because it builds slowly without overwhelming those working towards an [...]