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(updated June 29, 2020).

Current Programs

Unusual times call for innovative programming!  Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, traditional programs aren’t offered this summer, but that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on all the fun this season.  Check out the brand new programs we’re offering!


  Our Rec n Roll Team is on the road this summer visiting parks and neighborhoods throughout the community with activities for all ages that are fun – and safe – during this time of social distancing.  Get out and play!  All programs are free!


Check out our calendar to find out when we’ll be in your neighborhood by clicking here!

For information about the steps we’re taking to keep you and our community safe, click here!

Click here to read our inclement weather policy.



VIRTUAL PROGRAMS!  Enjoy great programs from home!  Join in the fun by joining us online for all types of virtual summertime action!


VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP:  Designed for rising 1st graders through rising 9th graders.  Youth can join their friends online and have a great summer camp experience from home. The camp is free and you can make arrangements to pick-up materials for each week’s program.  Don’t miss our Summer Camp Open House to find out more and have your questions answered. Drop in anytime on Thursday, July 9 from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. by clicking here! For more information, contact Kimberly at 828-450-4896 or Maxime at 828-620-1939. Ready to register? Go to www.avlrec.com to sign up!

REMEMBER WHEN?:  A new online storytelling club for older adults! The program meets every other Friday from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m. and gives adults a chance to socialize even when staying home. Each session has a theme announced in advance and sharing of photos and mementos is encouraged. Programs will be recorded so these priceless histories are preserved. The program is free. Sign up at www.avlrec.com or contact Olive at owilbur@ashevillenc.gov for more information.

VIRTUAL FISHING TOURNAMENT:  Our first ever! You have until July 10 at 10 p.m. to catch the biggest Bass, Crappie, Trout, Bluegill or Catfish. For ages 15 and under and prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish caught locally in each category. It’s free to sign-up, but you have to register in advance and follow all state regulations. Register at www.avlrec.com. Contact our Outdoor Recreation staff at outdoor@ashevillenc.gov for more info.

AVLPARKS eSPORTS:  Coming soon!  


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, 11 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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Parks and Recreation News

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Asheville Parks & Recreation receives $80,000 grant for community nutrition hub

  The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that Asheville Parks & Recreation has been awarded an $80,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for the development of a community nutrition hub at the Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.  This grant will help improve our community’s access to healthy [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces new virtual summer programs

    Don’t miss out on summer fun!  Even if traditional summer programs aren’t an option, you can still enjoy lots of great activities by going virtual.   Try Asheville Parks & Recreation’s new Virtual Summer Camp!  With plenty of activities designed specially for rising first-graders through rising ninth-graders, youth can join their friends online and have a great [...]

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City of Asheville announces Fourth of July holiday schedule

    In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, which is on a Saturday this year, City of Asheville offices will be closed July 3. ART bus service will operate on a reduced holiday schedule July 4. The Fourth of July holiday is one of six holidays throughout the calendar year that ART offers bus service. For [...]