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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!

 


YOUTH FOOTBALL SKILLS CLINICS

Begins July 27
Monday & Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m.
Memorial Stadium
FREE

 

Here’s a Youth Football Skills Training program that includes drills and organized activities led by coaches, utilizing a no-contact method while maintaining distance. The programs are designed for boys and girls ages 9 through 14.  Programs are FREE, but advance registration is required because space is limited. Sign up for Mondays, sign up for Wednesdays, or sign up for both!  Go to www.avlrec.com to register or contact Asheville Parks & Recreation Athletic Director Bruce Hooks at bhooks@ashevillenc.gov for more information.

 

 


WE’RE BRINGING THE FUN TO YOU!
  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.  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.

 

AVLPARKS eSPORTS:   Whether you’re brand new to eSports or an experienced gamer, there’s a spot for you in Asheville Parks & Recreation’s brand new AVLPARKS eSports programs. Every Monday through Friday, you’ll have a chance to compete against other local players in NBA2K, Madden 20, Fortnite or join our Rocket League. Different games, different skill levels and different console platforms give you a chance to win.

Competition begins Monday, August 3 at 7 p.m. and registration is open now!  All programs are free, but you have to register! Get your game on and compete! Go to www.avlrec.com for more info or to register. Questions? Contact Asheville Parks & Recreation’s gaming gurus, Kimberly Zygmant at kzygmant@ashevillenc.gov or Maxime Pierre at mpierre@ashevillenc.gov

 


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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