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, 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!



  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!


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.



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

Richmond Hill Park Pavilion and restroom facility
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 [...]

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Bike skills park to be built at Richmond Hill Park

  Construction will soon begin on a new bike skills park located within Richmond Hill Park (see concept map and skills board below).   The project is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department and Pisgah Area Southern Offroad Biking Association (Pisgah Area SORBA). This addition to the park is a natural surface [...]