What we do


Click here for information on current Parks & Recreation Department operations
(updated September 8, 2020).

Current Programs

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


This holiday season, don’t miss our two BRAND NEW programs!  They’re both part of our annual toy drive to provide a little extra holiday cheer for families who need it most!



Saturday, December 5
Registration: November 23 – December 3
$100/team and an unwrapped new $10 toy/player


Put your team together and come out swinging while helping our community have a brighter holiday season!  Register at www.avlrec.com.  Only 6 teams can play so register soon!




Saturday, December 12
Registration:  November 21 – December 5
FREE with a new unwrapped toy of $10 or more



Jingle all you want at our new 5K event at Carrier Park and help your community at the same time!  Walk or run – there’s no pressure here, just a great way to get outside.  Staggered start times and a limited number of participants will keep this event safe for everyone.  Who knows?  You might even see Santa!  Register at www.avlrec.com


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.



Related Services

Register for programming

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

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Information about athletics programs offered by the City of Asheville.

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Enjoy greenways

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

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Community events

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

Parks and Recreation News

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Asheville Parks & Recreation Department receives donation for new BuildOut program

    Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce a donation of $2,000 from the Asheville Homebuilders Association (AHBA) for the development of a new program called BuildOut. The program focuses on teaching youth basic building skills such as learning how to select appropriate materials and tools, best safety practices, and then completing a project [...]

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Richmond Hill Park bond project completed

Asheville Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the completion of another bond project that enriches the quality of life in our community.  Construction is complete on a new community picnic shelter and restroom facility at Richmond Hill Park, 280 Richmond Hill Drive.  Key features of this project include a covered picnic shelter, winterized restrooms, an [...]

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WNC Nature Center to reopen Oct. 5

  Pre-opening for members only begins Sept. 28   The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation department is very pleased to announce the reopening of the WNC Nature Center to the general public on Oct. 5.   Visitors will notice a few changes since their last visit. To ensure the safety of the public, staff, and the resident animals that [...]