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Parks Notice


Notice: Parks Department Operations Update on May 22, 2020. 

Parks & Greenways:

All City of Asheville parks are open, including dog parks, outdoor courts, fields, boat accesses, and the Azalea fishing pond.  Playgrounds and all buildings located in parks, including restrooms remain closed.  All picnic shelter reservations are cancelled through 6/30/20.

Group gatherings are limited to 25 people outdoors and everyone should be sure to follow guidelines regarding physical distancing.


All Asheville Parks & Recreation programs are cancelled through 7/3/20, including summer camps.  Instead, we’re introducing Rec n Roll, our new mobile recreation program!  We’ll be taking our programs on the road throughout our community! 

Community and Recreation Centers:

Community centers and recreation centers remain closed until further notice.

WNC Nature Center:

The WNC Nature Center remains closed until further notice.

Aston Park Tennis Center:

A limited number of courts are open at Aston Park Tennis Center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The clubhouse, including restrooms and the pro shop, will remain closed and staff will not be onsite.

Asheville Municipal Golf Course:

The Asheville Municipal Golf Course is open with additional measures in place to comply with State and County physical distancing requirements.

Riverside Cemetery:

Riverside Cemetery is open, with funeral services and visitations limited to 50 people.

Pools & Splasheville:

The three City of Asheville swimming pools located at Malvern Hills Park, Recreation Park and Walton Street Park and Splasheville located in Pack Square Park remain closed through 6/30/20.

We will continue to evaluate park operations as conditions change and will post updates here
and on the Department Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APRCA


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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  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.   After reviewing guidelines from the CDC and State and local public health officials and the State’s preliminary plans for phased reopening, Asheville Parks & Recreation staff have made the difficult [...]

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2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games cancelled

  The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department announced today that the 2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games, originally scheduled to begin in April then postponed to June, have officially been cancelled.     All registered participants will be issued a refund of their registration fees.  North Carolina State Games are tentatively scheduled for fall 2020 and all participants currently registered in [...]