What we do

Open spaces, parks, recreation and cultural arts 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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Athletics

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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#OptOutside at the Nature Center on Black Friday

  Avoid the shopping crowds on Black Friday (Nov. 29) and #OptOutside at the WNC Nature Center for fresh air, active learning and amazing animals!   #OptOutside is a campaign created by REI to encourage consumers to opt-out of the madness of Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving and do something, anything, in [...]

City of Asheville offices close for Thanksgiving holiday

    ART bus service suspended on Thanksgiving Day as well   Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a roundup of City service holiday schedules.   ART bus service ART bus service will be suspended Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thanksgiving is [...]

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Asheville Open Tennis Tournament wins state award

  The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the 2019 Asheville Open Tennis Tournament is the recipient of the United States Tennis Association – North Carolina chapter Tournament of the Year Award in the Adult/Senior category.    A Tournament of the Year Award is given in recognition of “a USTA [...]