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Asheville Parks & Recreation Summer Program Guide

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Asheville Parks & Recreation Swimming Pools

Asheville’s public pools offer safe and affordable summer fun. Get the latest news on pools at the link.


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Work Out at Asheville Fitness Centers for Free
Looking for an accessible, body positive place to establish a regular fitness routine and build strength, power, and coordination? APR fitness centers at Linwood Crump Shiloh and Stephens-Lee community centers have been recently renovated and you can enjoy unlimited visits for free through June 30.


Get the avlREC app

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.

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With its oldest parks dating to the 1890s, Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 65 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 10 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 adult sports leagues and youth athletics programs offered by Asheville Parks & Recreation.

Enjoy greenways

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

Pools & Splasheville

Hours and information about Asheville's public pools and Splasheville, the free interactive splash pad play fountain in Pack Square Park.

Facility Search

Find Asheville parks, community centers, and pools near you. Search by location, filter by amenity, or view a list.

Community Events

Find upcoming special events, activities, programs, and camps in Asheville.

Related Projects

Murphy-Oakley Inclusive Playground – Bond Investment

Happening Now Communities are diverse. Playgrounds should be, too. Active, independent play is critical to the health, well-being, and social opportunities of all kids. However, the benefits of play are not limited solely to children, but reach across communities throughout one’s lifespan. Although children are the primary user group of playgrounds, truly inclusive environments are designed [...]

Shared Courts for Pickleball and Tennis

Neighborhoods: Five Points, Kenilworth, Malvern Hills, Montford, Norwood Park, Oakley, Spears-Henrietta Happening Now For those unfamiliar with some of the terms used, we’ve provided a glossary at the bottom of the page.  Pickleball and tennis are currently experiencing significant participation increases in Asheville and have ardent supporters advocating for their respective sport. In [...]

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.

Asheville Parks & Recreation News

Public benefits from Asheville Parks & Recreation’s consolidated asset management campus

Until recently, the Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) asset management team was spread across multiple outdated, overcrowded facilities. Now, most operations have been consolidated into a single 2.6-acre campus with 18,456 square feet of office and warehouse space on Thompson Street. Efficient Essential Services Asset management is key to day-to-day operations of Asheville’s public parks [...]