Recreation

Asheville Parks & Recreation is dedicated to providing quality leisure experiences for the community through a variety of recreational programs, services, parks, and specialized facilities.  By providing a wide range of opportunities for folks of all ages, interests, and abilities to come together in pursuit of positive leisure outlets, recreation creates connections between people and their communities, and enhances the overall quality of life for Asheville residents and visitors.

 


playgroundParks and Facilities

Use the interactive Park Finder tool to locate a park by amenity, or visit our parks and facilities page to see a list and click the address to launch a Google Map for any park or facility location.

 

 


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Recreation Programs

Offering a wide variety of programs for all ages throughout the community. From dance classes to wood working, our programs aim to provide a positive experience and enhance the quality of life for all participants. 

Current programs

 


asheville basketball team gameAthletics

Designed to provide wholesome recreational opportunities for community residents of all skill levels and ages. Emphasis is placed on fair play and sportsmanship and a variety of team and individual sports programs, leagues and events for youth and adults are offered.

For more information about all youth and adult athletic programs, please contact: Mikkel Patterson, 828-707-2376 or Ria Young, 828-251-4026

Current programs and League standings


Kids having fun hikingOutdoor Recreation

Exciting outdoor adventures and environmental education opportunities for all ages and abilities. You will find all you need to make your outdoor adventure plans for the upcoming season. Activities include summer adventure camps, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, youth programs, adult programs, overnight trips and special events.

Looking for an outdoor adventure for your homeschool group, scout troop or community organization? Email our Outdoor Recreation Coordinator about custom program opportunities.

Current programs and Registration


Kid riding on adult shouldersTherapeutic Recreation

Offering therapeutic recreation and educational programs to people of all ages requiring specialized services due to developmental and/or physical disabilities, enabling them to develop new recreational skills and maintain existing ones to enhance health, independence and well-being.

Our goal is to help promote a high quality of life for individuals with disabilities within the community by providing a variety of specialized recreational services.

All activities and programs are available for individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a group setting
  • Ability to follow program rules, converse with others in a respectful manner and respect personal space of others
  • Maintain personal care needs independently (including administering medication, toileting and eating)
  • Ability to utilize basic communication skills (making needs/wants known)
  • Demonstrate basic social skills (interact with peers)
  • Must not have a history of violence against themselves or others

The LRT/CTRS are unable to provide one-on-one supervision, however we will try to meet each participant’s needs. If an individual does not meet the eligibility requirements, they can still participate if they have their own support staff.

Current programs and Registration

 

 

 

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.

Recreation News

Richmond Hill Park Pavilion and restroom facility
Asheville Parks & Recreation launches virtual grand opening of Richmond Hill Park

      Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to share this virtual grand opening of Richmond Hill Park, a bond project completed with funding approved by Asheville voters in 2016. Additional funding and support was also received through a partnership with Pisgah Area SORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Association) for the newly added [...]

Registration opens for 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition
Registration opens for 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is proud to present the 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition in partnership with Buncombe County, the YMCA and Black Mountain Parks & Recreation.   The games will be held April 19 through May 19 and feature a hybrid format of both in-person and virtual events.  All in-person competitions will be [...]

Murphy Oakley Park picnic shelter
Asheville Parks picnic shelter reservations reopen April 1

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is happy to announce that picnic shelter reservations will resume on April 1.  Rates begin at $40 per day and are available at 11 parks throughout the city.  All shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless reserved.  To reserve a shelter online, visit www.avlrec.com.   Under Gov. Roy [...]